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Award-Winning Beaumont Maritime Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a maritime accident, contact our dedicated Beaumont maritime injury lawyer at Morrow & Sheppard LLP for a free, confidential consultation.

  • Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients

  • Hundreds of Cases Won in Excess of $1 Billion

  • Help With All Types of Maritime Injuries

  • A Track Record of Success

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    What type of case are you inquiring about?

    Maritime law (admiralty law, or admiralty) refers to the body of laws, treaties, and conventions that regulate navigation and shipping matters. These laws help govern maritime disputes, questions, offenses, and any other private maritime business or nautical issues that may emerge. Because admiralty governs maritime and nautical disputes and injuries, these laws differ from those that apply to accidents occurring on land. This makes it essential to speak to a Beaumont maritime injury lawyer so they can help you understand admiralty-related legal concepts. In addition, if you’re seeking damages for a maritime injury, our experienced maritime injury attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP can help you navigate the process, win the compensation you deserve, and receive relevant benefits from an employer. By going through this guide, you will better understand:

    • The history, origin, and coverage of maritime law
    • The different types of maritime injuries
    • Roles and responsibilities of maritime injury lawyers
    • What you will get from hiring a Beaumont maritime injury attorney

    Overview of Maritime Law

    We can trace back Maritime law to Ancient Egypt when the need for standardized rules for governing fair trade and maritime safety arose. At the time, maritime trade was already in full swing, and ships could travel from port to port. However, there was no single court system that could manage maritime disputes. Hence, the mandate fell on local courts and tribunals, which often show bias. The solution was the introduction of a formal law that ensured the adequate compensation of shipowners, captains, and sailors if they became injured or lost at sea. Between 900 and 300 B.C., The Rhodian Sea Laws, some of the first written records of formal codes, were introduced. These codes enabled the overseeing of seafaring trade in the Mediterranean Sea and also influenced Roman Law. Over time, maritime laws would develop and eventually enter Europe and the United States in the 11th and 17th centuries, respectively.

    Definition of a Seaman

    Based on maritime law, a seaman refers to a ship’s captain or crew member. American maritime laws, such as the Jones Act, protect the rights of seamen and allow them to seek compensation for any injuries they sustain when traveling by sea between two ports within the country and onboard an American-owned vessel. You must meet the following criteria that will allow you to seek damages:

    • The majority of the crew aboard the ship must be U.S. citizens
    • The ship must be afloat, in operation, and capable of navigation
    • The vessel must be operating within navigable waters

    Coverage of Maritime Law

    As we have already stated, maritime laws differ from those governing land-based activities. Therefore, determining whether an injured maritime worker should receive compensation for injuries obtained at sea or in a lake requires an initial determination of the nature of the ship, the crew members, and whether the vessel had been operating within navigable waters. The following are some instances when maritime law can apply:

    • Recreational boating accidents
    • Commercial accidents that lead to vessel/cargo damage or injury to a seaman or seamen
    • Piracy and criminal activity
    • Fishing boat or jet ski accidents
    • Ship or cargo insurance claims

    Circumstances will also determine whether a case goes to federal or state court. For instance, the case will be heard in federal or state court if it’s an injury issue. In contrast, property disputes must be heard in federal court.

    Types of Maritime Injuries

    Individuals injured at sea often endure severe and life-altering injuries owing to the maritime environment’s inherently dangerous conditions, including extreme weather, heavy machinery, slippery decks, industrial risks, and the sea’s perpetual movement. Common maritime injuries encompass spinal and neck damage, burns and explosion-related injuries, paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries, often leading to permanent impairment. These injuries frequently render the affected workers unable to continue in their current or similar employment roles, resulting in substantial salary reductions and loss of benefits. Moreover, many affected individuals are unable to partake in previously enjoyed hobbies and leisure activities, as their injuries impose significant pain and physical restrictions. Here are some claims and remedies you can receive for injuries sustained at sea or in navigable waters.

    Jones Act Claims

    The Jones Act allows seamen to sue employers for injuries sustained in the course of their employment. This Act is a vital recourse since seamen cannot file for workers’ compensation benefits, as with land-based workers.

    Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

    The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) will help you get compensation, vocational rehabilitation services, and medical care if on-the-job injuries have rendered you disabled. However, you must have sustained these injuries in navigable U.S. waters or in an area customarily used for cargo loading/unloading and vessel building/repair.

    Maintenance and Cure Benefits

    These feature remedies for seamen injured while working in a ship/vessel. They have the following categories:

    • Maintenance benefits: These are weekly checks paid to injured or sick workers.
    • Cure benefits: These are reasonable medical expenses paid by an employer throughout a seaman’s recovery process.

    Roles and Responsibilities of a Beaumont Maritime Injury Lawyer

    A Beaumont maritime injury lawyer has the following tasks:

    • Representing injured seamen. The attorney will typically gain insights into your case and help you gain legal compensation for any injuries you might have incurred.
    • Assisting with claims. The attorney will understand the intricacies of your case and explain to you any legal measures that you can take to claim damages.

    Ensuring fair compensation. The attorney will also help you claim what you deserve by ensuring that all the injuries/damages are accounted for and that the employer pays benefits as required.

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    How Much Are Maritime Cases Worth?

    Recently, trial attorneys Daniel Sheppard and Hogan Leatherwood from Morrow & Sheppard secured a verdict of $3.2 million in a Louisiana Maritime Injury Case. The case involved their client, a deckhand, who sustained injuries aboard the M/V Dustin Danos. He was caught between a personnel basket and a Conex box during a transfer operation. A deckhand co-worker witnessed the captain activate the vessel’s forward motion and leave the controls during the operation. The same witness stated that the captain was using his phone at the time. Following the incident, the injured deckhand confronted the captain, who denied witnessing the event.

    Benefits of Hiring a Beaumont Maritime Injury Lawyer

    A Beaumont maritime injury attorney can help you with your case because these professionals have experience with maritime law. Our seasoned maritime lawyers also have an expansive knowledge of the legal processes. They can also negotiate with insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve. By speaking to an experienced attorney, you also stand a better chance of navigating the case process and attaining vocational rehabilitation services and medical care. You can always consult a Beaumont maritime injury attorney to ask about recreational boating accidents, commercial accidents that cause damage to cargo or injury, losses from piracy and criminal activity, fishing boat or jet ski accidents, and for ship or cargo insurance claim purposes. Contact Morrow & Sheppard LLP today for any maritime questions or disputes that you might have, or call us at 866-801-3582 to schedule a consultation.

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