Maritime Law

Offshore injuries are both common and devastating. When you or a loved one has been injured offshore, it's important for you to know what your rights are and what you are entitled to receive as compensation. At Reich & Binstock, our skilled attorneys have over 30 years of experience representing people who have been injured, and we are here to help you win your claim.

When an offshore injury has occurred, it is important to understand what types of compensation you may be entitled to. Offshore injuries are governed by complex and complicated state and federal laws which govern the type of compensation you may receive.

Compensation To Which A Seaman May Be Entitled

There are three types of compensation a seaman may be entitled to. A seaman is someone who works as a crewmember or captain of a boat or ship that is operating on navigable waters. These three types of compensation replace the ordinary workers compensation or types of employees may claim:

  • Negligence under the Jones Act: First, a seaman may sue his or her employer under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal law that allows Americans who have been injured at sea because of the negligence of their employer or a coworker to recover for the harmed suffered.
  • Unseaworthiness: Second, compensation may be available if the vessel is unseaworthy. Unseaworthiness has to do with the vessel causing harm rather than the direct actions of the employer or a coworker. Under this doctrine, an employer has an obligation to provide a workplace that is safe and to provide equipment that is in good condition. Should these conditions not be met and harm occurs, a seaman may have a claim against his or her employer.
  • Maintenance and Cure: Third, under the doctrine of maintenance and cure, an employer is obligated to provide care such as compensation for room and board as well as medical expenses and other necessities for seaman who are injured while on the job irrespective of fault.

Common Types Of Offshore Accidents

  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Fires and explosions
  • Equipment failures
  • Slips and falls
  • Offshore rig accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Jack-up rig accidents
  • Deck accidents

What To Do If You Have Been Injured

If you or your loved one has been hurt in an offshore accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out if you or your loved one is entitled to compensation, contact us today. With our extensive experience, we are confident we will be able to help you navigate this complex area of law and help you get the compensation you deserve. Protect your rights. Call us a 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free, or email us.