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Jones Act Lawyer Houston

Jones Act Lawyer Houston

Jones act attorney, Steve Ferrell handles Jones Act and Maritime Accident cases of every variety. Based in Houston, Texas, he is skilled in handling maritime injuries from seamen as well as cases where offshore workers have been affected.

The Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. represents Seamen, Maritime sailors, Rig and Platform Workers, Barge Crews and Workers, Jack-up Rig Workers and Crews, Supply Boat Workers and Crews, Tanker and Freighter Crews, Offshore Rig and Platform Workers and a variety of other Maritime Workers.

This includes rig workers such as those involved in the recent Transocean Offshore Oil Rig Deep water Horizon Fire and Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, and the recent Mariner Energy Vermillion 380 Rig explosion, which occurred on September 2, 2010.

Steve Ferrell is Double Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. He is adept at handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases and he is the Jones act lawyer to turn to in the event of any maritime injuries that remain uncompensated.

Offshore Injuries

A Jones Act attorney is aware that by the very nature of their work, seamen, longshoremen, and offshore oil & gas workers are exposed to many dangerous conditions and substances which can cause serious illness, injuries or death. A Jones Act lawyer knows that employers of offshore workers are responsible for ensuring that the maritime workplace is as free from hazards as possible. Your lawyer can put this detailed knowledge of maritime laws to work for you. Maritime cases frequently involve unseaworthy vessels, maritime collisions, slippery decks, pulling or lifting injuries, falls on deck, falling overboard, or death at sea, covered by the Death on the High Seas Act.

Jones Act / Seaman’s Injuries

The Jones Act is a federal statute that provides a cause of action for injured seamen. It’s not workers’ compensation. It doesn’t require payment regardless of fault. A seaman must prove negligence or fault on the part of the vessel’s owners, operators, officers, and/or fellow employees or by reason of any defect in the vessel, its gear, tackle, or equipment. This means that the employer must do something unreasonable or fail to perform a reasonable act that would have prevented injury in order for the seaman to prevail. This is where a competent Jones Act attorney such as Steve Ferrell, can assist you with putting together a strong case that demonstrates negligence whether intended or not.

Only a seaman can recover damages under the Jones Act. A seaman is a member of the crew of a vessel or someone who assigned to a vessel or a fleet of vessels. For example, those who work on tankers, freighters, tugs, supply and crew boats, barges, and fishing vessels as a member of the crew are considered seamen.

Longshoremen / 3rd Party Claims

Jones Act attorney, Steve Ferrell is fully versed in all the legal complexities involved in 3rd party claims for longshoremen. The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the payment of compensation benefits for disability or death of an employee falling within the statute, if the disability or death results from an injury occurring upon the navigable waters of the United States. An adjoining pier, wharf, dry dock, terminal, building way, marine railway or other adjoining area customarily used by an employer in loading, unloading, repairing or building a vessel are considered “navigable waters” under the statute. With expertise on these sometimes confusing legal specifics, Jones Act lawyer, Steve Ferrell, is able to relay the legal details in simple layman’s terms during your first consultation.

Rig & Platform Injuries

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) is a federal statute that provides for compensation for death or injuries “occurring as the result of operations conducted on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for the purpose of exploring for, developing, removing, or transporting by pipeline the natural resources, or involving rights to the natural resources, of the subsoil and seabed of the OCS.” The OCS encompasses all submerged lands beyond state territorial waters but within U.S. territorial waters. The definition includes artificial islands and fixed structures upon the OCS, i.e., fixed oil drilling platforms. Injuries occurring on fixed oil platforms within state territorial waters are generally governed by state law.

If you think you may have a maritime claim and are in need of a competent and experience maritime and Jones Act attorney, call the Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation. We don’t charge a fee unless you recover a settlement or judgment from the responsible parties. Don’t try to fight the insurance companies, the big oil companies, and the shipping industry alone–call us today at (713) 800-0220 for a free consultation. We can help.