Pascoe Law FirmMaritime Accidents
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
Maritime Accident Lawyer
Texas Gulf Coast Lawyer For Maritime Accident & Maritime Injury
Dangers to Maritime Workers
Winning A Maritime Injury Case
Federal Law That Protects Longshoremen and Seamen
An experienced injury lawyer is familiar with the federally mandated laws established to protect people injured while working on waterways, overseas, or on military bases, including:
- The Jones Act – protects workers injured on ships or vessels due to the negligence of a ship owner, captain or fellow employee. Under the law, injured workers can recover medical care and cost of living expenses.
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) – protects land-based maritime workers—such as vessel repairmen or cargo loaders—who suffer injuries or illnesses related to their work. The LHWCA provides compensation for medical care and cost of living expenses.
- The Defense Base Act (DBA) – an extension of the Longshore Act, protects workers who work as private contractors or subcontractors on U.S. military bases or on any lands used by the U.S. for military purposes outside of the U.S., or who work on public work contracts with any U.S. government agency outside of the U.S. when they suffer injuries or illnesses related to their work. The DBA provides compensation for medical care and disability benefits.
- The Non-Appropriated Funds and Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA) – an extension of the Longshore Act, protects civilian employees providing services to the U.S. Armed Forces including those who work for Army and Air Force Exchange Services, Army and Air Force Motion Picture Services, on-shore Navy Ship Stores, Navy Exchanges, Marine Corps Exchanges, Coast Guard Exchanges, and other instrumental positions of the United States under the jurisdiction of the Armed Forces conducted for the comfort, pleasure, contentment, and mental and physical improvement of personnel of the Armed Forces. The NAFIA provides compensation for medical care and disability benefits.
- The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) – maritime workers aren’t covered under regular workers’ compensation laws, but the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows injured workers to pursue legal action after on-the-job injuries.
Types of Maritime Accident Cases
We handles Maritime cases involving maritime injury and accidents on sea-bound vessels such as:
- Oil tankers
- Commercial fishing boats
- Cruise Ships Injuries
- Personal Boats and Personal Watercraft Accidents
- Commercial vessels
- Dock workers injuries
- Offshore oil rigs and platforms
Located in Galveston county, Our Maritime Attorney fights to protect the legal rights of maritime workers.
Common Causes of Maritime Injury
Maritime work can be a hostile work environment. Oil and gas workers are at risk of getting severely injured while on an oil rig or platform. More people on a site significantly increases the likelihood of a serious accident occurring. Common drilling rig dangers include:
- Equipment operating negligence
- Slip and fall accidents
- Cable or block breaks
- Faulty grating, pipe tongs
- Cathead slips
- Falling objects
Depending on the circumstances of an offshore rig accident, you may be able to collect compensation under federal maritime law or state personal injury law. An experienced maritime attorney will be able to help you determine what rights you have specific to the circumstances of your injury.