Hurt working in the maritime or offshore industry?

When you’ve been hurt in an offshore or maritime accident, time is not on your side. More than likely you are putting your energy into getting better and trying to pay your bills. You may not even be sure where to turn or who to trust. That’s where we come in. Our job is to take all that stress, fear, and risk off your shoulders. We take on the company so you can focus on recovering. We have decades of experience winning cases against practically every company in the maritime and offshore industry. We get record-setting verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a $44 million verdict recently. Get the help you need to get better and get your life back.

Hurt working in the maritime or offshore industry?

When you’ve been hurt in an offshore or maritime accident, time is not on your side. More than likely you are putting your energy into getting better and trying to pay your bills. You may not even be sure where to turn or who to trust. That’s where we come in. Our job is to take all that stress, fear, and risk off your shoulders. We take on the company so you can focus on recovering. We have decades of experience winning cases against practically every company in the maritime and offshore industry. We get record-setting verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a $44 million verdict recently. Get the help you need to get better and get your life back.

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What is the Jones Act and how does it affect your maritime 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.” An experienced Jones Act lawyer can help you understand what this means for your case.

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 VB Attorneys’ founding partners, is widely considered one the nation’s leading Jones Act lawyers for cases involving maritime accidents and injuries.

Why you need a Maritime lawyer with experience handling Jones Act laws

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.

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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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How much money can I get?

How much money you'll get for your injuries depends on how you got hurt, how bad your injuries are, how much work you'll miss recovering, or if you'll ever be able to go back to your job on the water.
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How do I know I have a case?

You may have a case if your company is refusing to pay for your medical care or if they are trying to trick you into signing away your legal rights. The best way to find out if you have a case is to ask us.
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How do I know which laws protect me?

If you work on a "vessel in navigation" and your job contributes to the mission of the vessel, you are probably covered by the Jones Act. Other jobs may be covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act or by general maritime law.
Find out which laws protect you

Why am I not getting workers compensation?

State workers’ compensation laws most likely do not apply if you're hurt working offshore or on a vessel. You are most likely covered by the Jones Act, which gives you more protections than worker's compensation.
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What are my legal rights under Jones Act maritime law?

Under a U.S. federal law known as the “Jones Act,” maritime workers who are hurt on the job are entitled to different legal benefits than land-based employees. These benefits include medical care, a daily wage while you're recovering, compensation for your lost wages, and more.
Learn more about your rights

How long will my case take?

Your case could take a year or more to resolve. Companies fight these cases tooth and nail because they are usually so valuable. Our goal is to get you the best result possible in the shortest amount of time.
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How do I pay my bills?

Paying your bills after you get hurt is possible. In fact, if you qualify as a Jones Act mariner, your company is legally required to pay your medical bills and to pay you a daily wage. Our firm will help you find other ways to fill in the gaps so you can pay your bills.
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I'm a longshoreman. Who will help me with my injury claim?

Longshore and Harbor Workers are covered by their own federal law. If you're a stevedore, if you work at a port, or if your job is shore-based, you are probably covered by this law. Contact us today about your case to get the help you need.
Find out how we help longshoremen

My loved one was killed on the job. How do I file a lawsuit?

If you lost a loved one offshore or working on a vessel, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Maritime death cases involve specific, specialized laws, so it is important you hire the right attorney for your case.
Get the help you need with your wrongful death case

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How much money you’ll get for your injuries depends on how you got hurt, how bad your injuries are, how much work you’ll miss recovering, or if you’ll ever be able to go back to your job on the water.

You may have a case if your company is refusing to pay for your medical care or if they are trying to trick you into signing away your legal rights. The best way to find out if you have a case is to ask us.

If you work on a “vessel in navigation” and your job contributes to the mission of the vessel, you are probably covered by the Jones Act. Other jobs may be covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act or by general maritime law.

State workers’ compensation laws most likely do not apply if you’re hurt working offshore or on a vessel. You are most likely covered by the Jones Act, which gives you more protections than worker’s compensation.

Under a U.S. federal law known as the “Jones Act,” maritime workers who are hurt on the job are entitled to different legal benefits than land-based employees. These benefits include medical care, a daily wage while you’re recovering, compensation for your lost wages, and more.

Your case could take a year or more to resolve. Companies fight these cases tooth and nail because they are usually so valuable. Our goal is to get you the best result possible in the shortest amount of time.

Paying your bills after you get hurt is possible. In fact, if you qualify as a Jones Act mariner, your company is legally required to pay your medical bills and to pay you a daily wage. Our firm will help you find other ways to fill in the gaps so you can pay your bills.

Longshore and Harbor Workers are covered by their own federal law. If you’re a stevedore, if you work at a port, or if your job is shore-based, you are probably covered by this law. Contact us today about your case to get the help you need.

If you lost a loved one offshore or working on a vessel, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Maritime death cases involve specific, specialized laws, so it is important you hire the right attorney for your case.

What jobs are covered by the Jones Act and maritime law?

In order for you to be covered under the Jones Act, you must be assigned to a “vessel” and your job must contribute to the mission of the vessel. Again, “contribute to the mission” is quite broad. Basically, any job on the vessel will fit the definition. The following is a list of the types of jobs that are often covered by the Jones Act:

  • Captains and crew members
  • Roughnecks, roustabouts, drillers, toolpushers, derrickmen, company men, OIMs (Offshore Installation Managers), mud engineers, deck engineers
  • Ordinary seaman, able-bodied seaman, deckhands, engineers, mates
  • Tankermen and Barge workers
  • Cooks, galleyhands, and other supporting jobs

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