Accidents that occur offshore can have very serious consequences on a person’s health. Offshore accidents are governed by a different set of laws than common land or sea accidents. Some offshore injuries arise from working on oil drilling rigs, production platforms, and docks.
Maritime workers are typically covered under the Jones Act and entitled to workers compensation; however, some offshore workers are not entitled to these benefits. The complexity of the laws that govern offshore workers makes it critical that you consult a skilled maritime attorney if you have been injured in an offshore accident.
Maritime Offshore Injury Lawyers
The law offices of BoatLaw, LLP have decades of experience representing clients throughout Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska with their maritime claims. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about maritime and admiralty law and the Jones Act and how these regulations apply to offshore workers and their injuries.
If you or a loved one have been injured, contact the maritime offshore injury lawyers at BoatLaw, LLP for a free evaluation of your claim. Our attorneys may be able to get you compensation for your injuries and help you navigate through this process as smoothly as possible.
Call BoatLaw, LLP at 1 (800) 262-8529 today.
Who can’t file a lawsuit under the Jones Act?
Although many seamen’s injuries are covered under the Jones Act, one cannot file a suit if:
- It has been 3 years since the injury/accident occurred (unless the injuries were not discovered until later, then one might be able to proceed with filing a claim)
- The claim was not in writing and addressed to the government.
- The injuries were not work related.
- The willful misbehavior of a seaman will forfeit one’s rights to maintenance and cure because injuries arose from their own willful misconduct.
For offshore workers covered by the Jones Act, the level of the defendants’ responsibility compared to the injured worker’s responsibility only affects the final amount of compensation, not the legal issue of who was at fault for the accident.
Whether you are a longshore worker or an offshore maritime worker, you must meet certain federal guidelines before you can file an offshore injury lawsuit.
Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska Offshore Injuries Lawyer
If you have offshore injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Speak with the knowledgeable attorneys at BoatLaw, LLP as soon as possible so that we can begin working for you.
Call 1 (800) 262-8529 today to speak with our lawyers who have successfully settled offshore worker injury claims in the past. Our attorneys will fight to get you what you are entitled to for your offshore injuries.