Esteemed Admiralty & Maritime Attorneys Serving Beaumont & Port Arthur Clients
You may be entitled to compensation if you have sustained a personal injury while working on an offshore oil drilling rig, boat, ship, barge, cruise ship, fishing boat, cargo ship, or any other seafaring vessel. If a member of your family has sustained a fatal maritime injury, you may also be entitled to receive compensation by filing a wrongful death claim.
To learn more, contact the experienced admiralty and maritime lawyers at Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC. We will represent clients throughout Texas and in other states throughout the region in admiralty and maritime claims, including claims pertaining to the Jones Act and/or Death on the High Seas Act.
Put Our Experience to Work for You
Our attorneys have more than 85 years of experience and have represented thousands of accident victims. Given our experience, we can provide the knowledgeable and vigorous representation you require. Our attorneys have represented clients who have sustained a wide range of injuries, from back and neck injuries to paralysis, broken bones, loss of limbs and traumatic brain injuries. We have also successfully obtained compensation on behalf of many family members who have lost a loved one as a result of a fatal accident.
Offshore accidents often result in serious injury or wrongful death. If you are injured offshore, the vessel owner is likely to have started to prepare its defense before you even reach land for treatment. The company may hire lawyers, doctors and other experts to minimize any claim you or a loved one might have. It is important you contact an experienced offshore accident attorney to protect your rights. Contact an attorney at Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC today regarding your offshore injury claim. We handle all offshore accident injuries, including offshore rig injuries, tugboat and barge injuries, workboat injuries, ferry injuries, inland marine injuries, floating crane injuries and commercial fishing boat injuries.
Injured maritime workers are entitled to compensation for the impact their injuries have on their lives. At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, we understand the different maritime laws and use this knowledge to maximize our clients’ recovery. Whether your claim arises under the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, we will work hard to make sure you receive all of the compensation possible.
The Jones Act
The Jones Act is a federal law that was established in 1920 to protect those individuals who work at sea. If you are an injured seaman, you may be able to obtain compensation for work injuries under the Jones Act:
- A seaman is defined as an individual (except scientific personnel, a sailing school instructor or a sailing school student) engaged or employed in any capacity onboard a vessel. [46 U.S.C.S. 10101(3)]
- The term “vessel” has been broadly interpreted to include offshore oil drilling rigs and drill ships, boats, ships, barges, tugboats, cruise ships, fishing boats and other seagoing vessels.
You Have Limited Time to File a Claim
If you feel you may have a Jones Act claim, it is critical that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. The amount of time you have to obtain compensation in a Jones Act claim is limited by a statute of limitations. For the experienced and knowledgeable representation you need, contact Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC. We represent clients in Texas and in states throughout the region in Jones Act claims as well as other matters regarding admiralty and maritime law.
Maintenance & Cure Benefits Under The Jones Act
As an injured seaman, you may be entitled to maintenance and cure benefits. Maintenance is a weekly check that an employer must pay to certain workers when their regular pay is halted due to an injury. Cure benefits are reasonable medical benefits received while a worker recovers from an injury.
Jones Act claims can be highly complex. A Jones Act claim is different from a workers’ compensation claim because you must be able to prove negligence to obtain compensation for your injuries. Our experienced Jones Act attorneys are highly skilled and dedicated to obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled.