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 the common land or at sea accidents. Some offshore injuries arise out of working on oil drilling rigs, production platforms, docks and others.
Maritime workers are typically covered under the Jones Act and entitled to workers compensation. When someone has an offshore injury or they are an offshore worker, they are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
The Jones Act is a set of laws and regulations that allow injured workers to recover compensation for things they may have lost or had to deal with after an accident. Common damages include compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, past and future economic loss, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.
Maritime Offshore Injury Lawyers
The law offices of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP have decades of experience representing clients throughout Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska with their maritime claims. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about the 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 Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP for a free evaluation of your claim. Our attorneys may be able to get you compensation for your injuries and can help you navigate through this process as smooth as possible.
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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 and or accident occurred unless these injuries were not discovered until later, one might be able to proceed with filing this claim.
- The claim was not in writing and to the government.
- The injuries are 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 Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP as soon as possible so that we can begin working for you. Before accepting any compensation or settlements from an insurance company or employer, contact Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP.
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 too for your offshore injuries.
This article was last updated on February 3, 2017.