Jones Act Claims and Injuries at Sea

Do you need a lawyer for your Jones Act claim? We help injured maritime workers just like you.

What is the Jones Act and how does it affect your injury claim?

After being injured on the job you may think that you are legally entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, if your job involves working on a vessel at sea, along the Gulf Coast, in a river system, or on an offshore oil rig, you are not entitled to workers' compensation. Instead, you are covered by federal admiralty law, also known as "maritime law" or the "Jones Act."

Federal maritime law and the Jones Act are extremely complicated. Only a handful of law firms and lawyers across the country are considered experts in this area of the law and have a track record of success when it comes to helping injured mariners get the compensation they deserve for their Jones Act claims. Brian Beckcom, one of our founding partners, is widely considered one the nation's leading lawyers for cases involving maritime accidents and injuries.

What are my legal rights under Jones Act maritime law?

How do I know which laws protect me?

What jobs are covered under the Jones Act?

What is the difference between worker's compensation and Jones Act claims?

What are the benefits of being covered under Jones Act maritime law?

How do I file a Jones Act claim if I've suffered an injury at sea?

What should I expect my company to do once I get hurt?

Do I need a maritime injury lawyer if my loved one was killed working in the maritime industry?

Do I need a maritime attorney if I was hurt working as a harbor worker or longshoreman?

If I have an asbestos claim, can I get punitive damages in my Jones Act settlement?

What damages you can recover if your employer’s negligence caused the injury in your Jones Act claim?

Why you need a Jones Act lawyer with experience handling maritime lawsuits

First of all, you can be absolutely guaranteed that your employer has lawyers and insurance adjusters on its side from day one. Most maritime employers have insurance adjusters prepared to come work for them at a moment's notice, and they have lawyers in house or law firms that are experienced in defending injury claims ready with a phone call. You may not even realize it, but from the moment you are hurt, you can be absolutely guaranteed that your employer has contacted its insurance adjusters and lawyers.

If you try to go it alone against your employer, its insurance adjusters, and its lawyers, you are going to lose every single time. You must have effective legal counsel on your side.

Second, you cannot hire just any lawyer for these types of cases. Simply put, 99% of lawyers are not qualified to work on cases involving federal maritime law. By hiring a lawyer with no experience in these types of lawsuits, you aren't helping protect your rights at all, and in fact, you may be damaging your legal rights more than protecting them. We have seen it time and time again. A hard-working employee gets hurt on the job. He or she thinks they are automatically covered under workers' compensation. They trust their employer to help them, only to find out weeks or months later that their employer had been spending the entire time protecting itself behind your back. Or, even worse, the injured employee hires the wrong lawyer and loses everything.

Why You Should Consider VB Attorneys for Your Jones Act Case

Who you hire as your lawyer may be the most important decision you make. It can be the difference between a small settlement and a large settlement, between a quick settlement or one that drags on for years and year, between collecting everything to which you are legally entitled or collecting nothing at all.

Our law firm is considered one of the best law firms in the country for injured maritime workers. Our lead lawyer in Jones Act cases, Brian Beckcom, studied Admiralty Law under the leading admiralty professor in the country, David Robertson, at the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Beckcom has been involved in admiralty law, maritime law, and the Jones Act his entire legal career. He has published hundreds of articles, books, news items, and other expert analysis on offshore injury claims. Mr. Beckcom has successfully represented hundreds of individuals in injury lawsuits.

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"Brian's a wonderful guy." - Keidron S.

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Ready to get started? Contact our Board Certified trial attorneys to discuss your Jones Act claim for free.

If you are ready to get started, you can call us toll free at 877.724.7800. The consultation is free and confidential. We will walk you through the entire legal process, answer every single question, and help you make the best decision for your future. You can also use the contact forms on our website to send us a confidential email, and we will schedule an immediate appointment for you to learn your rights. Our Board Certified attorneys know time is not on your side. Don't wait another second to get the maritime injury settlement you deserve.