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01/03/2022

VB Attorneys Files Jones Act Lawsuit for Crew Member After Bout With COVID-19

Brian Beckcom

Brian Beckcom

01/03/2022

VB Attorneys has filed a Jones Act lawsuit for our client who alleges that he was forced to work under harsh conditions following his bout with COVID-19.

VB Attorneys Files Jones Act Complaint Against Kirby Offshore Marine

James, an able-bodied seaman, worked for Kirby Offshore Marine on the Senator Stennis vessel. He suffered from a bout of COVID-19, when returning to work he was subjected to grueling work conditions that led to five disc herniations which required surgery. 

James contends that Kirby was derelict in their duty to provide a safe working environment and did not properly train him nor provide him with the tools, equipment, or assistance necessary to complete his job safely. Due to this negligence, James suffered lost wages and incurred significant medical treatment expenses. 

See the press coverage here.

The Jones Act

The Jones Act is a federal law that protects the rights of anyone who works offshore. As a Jones Act seaman, maritime companies have a “duty of care”. In other words, maritime companies are responsible for their employees’ safety and well-being while at sea and they can be held liable for their failure to keep workers safe.

The Jones Act exists to protect the rights of injured maritime workers, and that’s where our maritime lawyers specialize. Our team of experienced maritime lawyers has successfully handled hundreds of cases against negligent offshore companies. If you or someone you know has been injured working offshore, do not hesitate to take action. Call 713-224-7800 or click here for a free and confidential case evaluation.