If you have been injured while working offshore in California, you may have special rights for damage recovery under maritime law. We may also be able to provide legal representation and help you recover damages after being exposed to a toxic substance offshore. Every case is unique, so it is important to work with an experienced California injury lawyer for the best result. We can help you determine if your employer is liable for your injuries and if you are entitled to compensation under the Jones Act.
Your recovery could include compensation for:
- Future wages
- Loss of ability to care for self
- Medical bills
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Other accident related expenses.
The United States Congress has enacted the Jones Act, which protects the rights of seamen and crew members hurt or killed on all types of ships and vessels, including:
- charter fishing boats
- clam boats
- cruise ships
- drill ships
- floating cranes
- floating restaurants
- gas rigs
- liquid cargo barges
- log barges
- oil rigs
- party boats
- railroad car floats
- recreational boats
- scallop boats
Workers covered under the Jones Act include captains, deckhands, housekeepers, engineers, fish processers, wipers, anchor handlers, sailors, laborers and all other seamen working on a vessel. In some cases, workers may be covered even if they are injured while not aboard a boat, or if they were injured while the boat was anchored. If you spend more than 30% of your time on a vessel, you are likely covered under the Jones Act.
The Jones Act extends to seamen the protection offered to injured railroaders in the FELA ACT (Federal Employers Liability Act). The Jones Act, previously known as the Merchant Marine Act, does not just cover those injured in ocean waters. It also includes protection for workers injured or killed in:
If you are not covered for injuries under the Jones Act, you may be covered under general negligence law or the Longshore Harbor Worker’s Act (LHWCA). Do not assume you are not covered by the Jones Act without having your case reviewed by a knowledgeable attorney.
In addition to being very experienced in California personal injury law, our team of trial lawyers understands the complexities of international maritime and admiralty law. In a free in person consultation, we can help you determine if you have a potential case, and how much that case might be worth.
Before you write a detailed report or sign a statement for your employer explaining the incident and your injuries, talk to a qualified California maritime injury lawyer. There is never any obligation for a free initial consultation. We will review your maritime injury case and answer your questions.
If you have suffered serious injuries while working on a vessel or if you are the surviving family member of a loved one killed on a ship, call the California Jones Act law firm of Estey & Bomberger, LLP. In every situation, we put our clients’ interest first. We are ready to discuss your California maritime injury case twenty four hours a day, seven days a week at (800)672-1036. You may also contact us online by filling out afree case review form.