Who Can I Sue?
Jones Act lawsuits may typically be brought against all companies that qualify as “employers” under the Act.
Usually, a Jones Act employer is liable for negligence even if it did not own operate the offshore rig or vessel where your injury occurred.
General maritime claims may be brought against other companies that are negligent and responsible for your harm.1
Particularly in the offshore drilling context, oil companies, drilling contractors, and oilfield services companies will often employ a tangled web of contractors, subcontractors, and staffing agencies in an effort to avoid Jones Act liability.
It is important to understand that even in these situations, the injured worker has a claim. The critical question is often which company had the right of control over the injured worker.
Morrow & Sheppard Will Help You Identify the Correct Defendant(s)
The question of which company is liable for your Jones Act negligence claim can often involve tricky legal and factual determinations. It is important that you consult with a Jones Act lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights.
The Houston injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard are privileged to represent offshore and maritime workers in Jones Act cases throughout the country, with an emphasis inTexas and Louisiana. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights.
Martin v. Walk, Haydel & Assoc., Inc., 742 F.2d 246 (5th Cir. 1984)