Injured Offshore Workers Need More than Just the Jones Act to Protect Them
Legal firm Gordon & Eias, LLP specializes in representing employees of the maritime industry that have fallen victim to injuries due to the negligence of their employer, because of a fellow employee or because of a faulty piece of equipment in the course of work.
Houston, TX – The first rule of thumb when involved in any kind of accident that results in injury or fatality is to not say or sign anything and get a lawyer. When the incident concerns an employee from a company doing work on the high seas the situation becomes even more complex. The Jones Act is a federally mandated law that allows injured seamen to sue for compensation when injuries are the result of negligence from their employer or co-workers during the course of their employment under vessels flying the colors of the United States.
The Jones Act contains very specific language that plays significant roles for both the defense and plaintiff during the course of a lawsuit. Experience and knowledge of the intricacies of these edicts can have dire consequences for anyone not familiar with the details and how they can be a benefit or a detriment to the case. When an employee of a maritime company needs to file suit against their employer, selecting the best legal offense should start with a law firm that has shown a successful track record and have garnered significant settlements on their clients’ behalf.
The offices of Gordon & Elias have over 39 years of combined legal experience particularly involving seafaring work force injuries. Skilled and experienced in all manners involving the Jones Act and its application to admiralty law clients, the maritime attorneys for Gordon & Elias work with seamen and longshoremen from the cold water ports of the Alaskan fishing industries to the oil rigs and ships in the temperate seas of the Gulf Coast. The national scope of the firm provides for legal representation from injuries suffered while being employed on ocean going vessels, crew boats, supply boats, Tugboats, Dredges, Jack up rigs, Push Boats, Barges, Platforms, Towboats, Commercial fishing vessels and Ferries.
Gordon & Elias is a full service maritime law practice and, as such, can help clients whether they are covered by the Jones Act or not. This can include third party longshoreman claims and those employees covered under the Longshore and Harbors Workers’ Compensation Act. Legal services in these cases are provides on a contingency fee basis and, where ethically permuted to do so, interest-free advances for reasonable and required living expenses can be made during the course of the proceedings.
As in any injury case, immediate action is paramount to gaining the edge for affirmative judgments. Time is on the side of the corporations and insurance companies who are not looking out for the interests of anyone but themselves and certainly not the injured party. While it may be said that the passage of time heals all wounds, receiving compensation for negligent accidents while on the job is completely justified and warranted by the law.
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Gordon & Elias, LLP, represents clients in all aspects of personal injury, wrongful death and commercial litigation. We handle cases involving maritime/offshore injuries, auto/truck accidents, FELA – Railroad Injuries, toxic/chemical exposures, on the job injuries, injuries resulting from defective products, nursing home neglect and many other cases where individuals are injured or killed as a result of negligent conduct.
Gordon & Elias, L.L.P., was formed in 2000. Attorneys Steve Gordon and R. Todd Elias bringing over 39 of combined experience to the representation of injured seaman under the Jones Act, Admiralty and Maritime law. Additionally, the firm represents injured railway workers nationwide under FELA. The firm has the experience and resources to pursue recovery from large corporate defendants, as well as big insurance companies.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.