Whether you work on a tugboat, on an offshore oil platform, on a cruise ship or any other sea-going vessel, yours is one of the most dangerous professions. Every year there are devastating accidents and injuries onboard ships – many of them result in death, and even more result in injuries that require extensive care and rehabilitation.
If you are a seaman who has been injured in an offshore accident, it is essential that you contact an experienced offshore injury attorney as soon as possible. Under maritime law you are entitled to certain rights and benefits if you are hurt while working onboard your ship, but all too often the management and owners of your vessel will try to keep you from accessing your rights so that they can avoid paying you the benefits to which you are entitled.
The attorneys at Danziger & De Llano have been working to protect the rights of injured seamen and the surviving families of those who have been killed in offshore accidents for years. We are familiar with all of the techniques used by the vessel owners and their representatives, and we can protect you from them so that you are able to maintain your rights and get the compensation and care that you deserve.
Maritime Law and the Jones Act
Working offshore is a hard and challenging job. You spend extensive amounts of time away from your family and your home, working under conditions that can be harsh and dangerous.
Depending on exactly what kind of vessel you work on and what your job responsibilities are, you run the risk of being involved in explosions, vessels tipping or sinking, equipment or cargo falling on you, slipping and falling on decks and ladders, and many more dangerous incidents.
Fortunately, in recognition of the risks involved in your line of work, there have long been laws written specifically for your protection and the protection of your family.
The laws cover a variety of different conditions, but the one that is most often called into use is the Jones Act, which provides that a seaman who is injured has the right to sue their employer when they are injured (and their family has the right to sue if they are killed) as a result of negligence on the part of the ship management or a fellow crew member or if the vessel itself is deemed unsafe or unseaworthiness.
There are other maritime laws that are applicable for all longshoremen and harbor workers, and even a law specifically addressing the entitlements of the surviving family in cases of death on the high seas.
The establishment of these laws is an indication of not only how dangerous the work is but also of the need for protection of the workers from their employers, and this is exactly why it is so important for you to contact a maritime lawyer as soon as possible if you have sustained an offshore injury.
The ship owners or their staff are likely to try to convince you that the injury was your own fault, that you are not so badly injured, or to accept a quick cash payout instead of pursuing a claim for your offshore injury. The attorneys at Danziger & De Llano are familiar with these tactics; we can advise you as to what is in your best interest.
Offshore Injuries Require Expert Legal Representation
If you are a seaman who was injured in an offshore injury, you may think that yours is a situation that can easily be addressed by any attorney, but the truth is that maritime law has many specific rules, regulations, and limitations that apply exclusively to this area of the law.
Hiring an attorney who does not have experience or specific training and knowledge of maritime laws is a recipe for disaster, as you are likely to find that the owner of the vessel that you worked on has a team of attorneys ready to take advantage of any misstep that you or your lawyer take.
To make certain that your claim is handled properly and that you receive all of the benefits that you are entitled to under maritime laws, contact the offshore injury lawyers at Danziger & De Llano for a free consultation on the specifics of your case. We will listen to what happened and advise you as to how to handle the questions, demands, and paperwork provided to you by your attorney.
We will also make sure that you are receiving the proper medical care from a physician and medical facility of your choosing rather than the one provided by your employer, and we will make certain that all of your medical expenses and costs associated with your injury are covered by your employer.
Let the offshore injury lawyers at Danziger & De Llano stand up to the big shipping companies on your behalf. We have the knowledge and experience that will make sure that you get what you deserve.
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