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Aggressive and Dedicated Beaumont Maritime Lawyers

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A very specific body of law, known generally as admiralty law, governs maritime injury cases. Federal laws control some of these matters, and if you have been injured by the carelessness or negligence of another, you may be able to file a claim under the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. The skilled Beaumont maritime attorneys of the Bernsen Law firm can help.

The Jones Act

The Jones Act is applicable to seamen who are injured on large commercial vessels. It allows for seamen to file a claim for injuries that are a result of the negligence of the vessel’s owner or of other employees.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act covers workers injured on waterways, including those involved in loading, unloading, repairing or building vessels. It further covers damages from diseases that arise from duties performed in the course of such employment.

Some of the types of claims that fall under admiralty law include:

  • Oil rig or platform accidents
  • Cruise ship accidents
  • Recreational or watersports accidents
  • Shipping accidents
  • Poorly designed or maintained watercraft
  • Operator negligence

Oil rig worker rights

Working on an oil rig is dangerous and often results in serious injury. But one way that hurt oil platform workers can recover fair compensation for maritime injuries is via the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Our Beaumont attorneys can help workers pursue benefits such as the following from oil company insurers or their employer:

  • Medical expenses
  • Compensation for permanent injuries
  • Benefits to surviving spouse and/or children

Admiralty law is a highly specialized area of practice. In order to achieve the best result in your case, you should retain an attorney with extensive experience in this area. Our knowledgeable Beaumont admiralty attorneys have the skill to effectively evaluate your claim and pursue fair compensation for your injury.

Dedicated and experienced Beaumont maritime attorneys

Our office is conveniently located at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Broadway in downtown Beaumont. Our admiralty lawyers offer free consultations and have weekend appointments available upon request. If you are unable to make it to our office due to your injuries, one of our attorneys will come to see you either at your home or at the hospital. Please contact us online or by phone at 409.212.9994 409.234.1609 to schedule an appointment. Like any other injury case, our maritime cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we do not charge any fees unless your case has a successful resolution.