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Austin Maritime Lawyer

For injured maritime workers, recovering compensation is a complicated legal process. Fortunately, help is available. Call an Austin maritime injury lawyer who can get started on your case today.

Maritime law is complex. Especially when considering the many other underlying rules and laws, it becomes even more so. Laws determining when and how an injured individual can receive compensation depend on the particular job and whether the case will be heard in federal or state courts.

If you’ve been injured on any body of water capable of interstate commerce, whether it’s within the continent or deep out at sea, you may need professional advice to navigate these strange legal waters. An Austin maritime lawyer will give you just that.

Our team at the Colley Firm, PC has handled many maritime law cases, and we know how to proceed to get our clients maximum benefits as quickly as possible.

Who Was Hurt?

Determining which laws affect you depends on what job you have, among other things. The victim in an Austin maritime accident can be one of two parties: seamen or anyone else working near or on the water.

Seeking Compensation as a Seaman

An employee working as a captain or crewmate will qualify as a seaman if he or she spends a specific percentage of time aboard vessels under “common ownership and control” and considered “in navigation” (afloat, in operation, capable of moving, and on navigable waters). If a seaman is injured while working for the ship, he or she has a few methods available to recover damages.

The Jones Act (also known as the Merchant Marine Act) requires the employer to provide a reasonably safe place to work and to maintain the vessel in a reasonably safe condition for any seaman.

The federal maritime Doctrine of Unseaworthiness allows a seaman to sue the owner if the vessel or any part of it wasn’t fit for use and caused the seaman's injuries. Here are some things to keep in mind as you move forward with your Austin maritime injury case:

  • The owner of a vessel must provide seamen with a safe place to conduct work and safe and suitable equipment to undertake that work.
  • Unseaworthiness doesn’t mean that the vessel cannot be navigated. It simply means that, if any tool, apparatus, appliance, or part of the ship is the cause of the injury, the vessel is unseaworthy.
  • The owner’s negligence has nothing to do with unseaworthiness. Whether the owner acted responsibly or not, he or she is liable for any accident due to the unseaworthiness of the vessel.

The employer is required to provide injury benefits, such as medical care and basic living expenses, regardless of whose fault the injury was.

Seeking Compensation as Another Party

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act is for workers who don’t qualify as seamen but are still involved with shipping or transport on navigable waters. It includes longshoremen, port workers, repairmen, and shipbuilders and provides a chance to recover lost wages, medical expenses, and possibly disability benefits.

How a Maritime Lawyer in Austin Can Help

We can help you with any aspect of your case after you’ve been injured as a maritime worker. Vessel owners, employers, and insurance companies are often reluctant to fairly compensate injured workers, and we’re here to put pressure on them to do what’s right.

Speak with an Austin Maritime Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident while working on a boat or other vessel, you deserve compensation and justice.

Finding an Austin maritime lawyer with the right resources can be extremely helpful to your case, and our team here at the Colley Firm, PC will provide you with that and more. Schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation today by calling us at 1-877-411-2001 or filling out the form below.