Mississippi Offshore Injury Attorney
Were you injured while working offshore?
When working as a longshoreman or harbor worker, on an oil rig off the coast of Mississippi, or as a Jones Act seaman on a vessel that transports goods between sea or river ports, you may be at risk of serious injury. Maritime dangers are only escalated in the presence of negligence, poor training, or defective equipment.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a maritime accident, now is the time to contact our firm.
Arnold & Itkin is the type of firm you need by your side when dealing with a complex Jones Act or other
maritime injury claim. Our team is highly experienced with a proven track record of success.
We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts--now is the time to find out how we can help you.
Types of Offshore Accidents & Injuries
Given the nature of the duties that a seaman, harbor worker, longshoreman, or oil rig worker may perform on a daily basis, the risk of injury is high. In these situations, the victim may be left dealing with the overwhelming cost of medical care along with the burden of difficulties caused by lost wages from missed work.
Fortunately, they may be able to seek compensation. Maintenance and cure may be available, which may cover:
- Lost Wages
- Food & Shelter
- Medical Care
The employer may be responsible for paying these benefits. Though benefits are available, it is usually not as easy as filing a claim and receiving fair compensation from one's employer. There is specific information that must be included and obstacles that may need to be overcome, particularly if the employer tries to deny liability or offers a settlement that simply does not cover the full extent of the injuries.
Explanation of the Jones Act
One major piece of maritime law that can be used to protect your legal rights is the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Under this federal statute, one section in particular can be used to protect the best interests of injured seamen: Section 27, commonly referred to as the Jones Act, is specifically written to help those who work in the industry of coastal shipping between U.S. ports. Under the Merchant Marine Act, the rights of seamen were explicitly outlined.
This includes what should happen to someone who was injured while employed as a Jones Act seamen--namely, giving them right to trial by jury during which they can seek just damages, similar to a railway employee. It also allowed for seamen to pursue claims based on the "unseaworthiness" or a vessel or negligence of a shipowner. All in all, this law expanded the rights afforded to seamen and allowed them the chance to pursue just compensation if wrongfully injured.
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In our experience dealing with maritime injury and Jones Act claims, we understand just how crucial it is to recover maximum compensation for medical bills and the other expenses or losses associated with an offshore injury. Though you may have the right to seek benefits under maritime laws, you will still benefit from having an attorney to handle your claim and protect your interests.
Don't remain a victim any longer. It is far too easy for a seaman who chooses to forgo legal counsel to be taken advantage of by a greedy employer or insurance provider. We have the knowledge and experience that makes us an aggressive and competent advocate on an injured seamen's side. Whether it is in negotiating settlements or representing our clients' interests in court, the team at our firm always fights for the best possible result. Find out how we can fight for you in your Mississippi offshore injury claim. Don't delay any longer in seeking the compensation you deserve.
Call us today!