Houston Maritime Law and Jones Act Attorney
At The Shelton Law Firm in Houston, personal injury lawyer Michael E. Shelton devotes a significant portion of his trusted Texas and nationwide legal practice to the area of maritime accidents.
If you are a maritime worker and have been injured on the job or if you have been injured while on a cruise, your ability to support yourself and your family is at stake. An experienced attorney can provide trusted advice, advocate for you and help you recover the compensation you need and deserve so that you can recover from your injury and move forward with your life.
Federal laws such as the Jones Act allow maritime workers to sue their employers when they have been injured at sea due to their employer's negligence. This law applies to workers on all types of maritime vessels — boats, ships, barges, tugboats, cruise ships, tour boats, fishing vessels, drilling vessels and ferries.
If a maritime worker proves a claim for negligence, he or she is entitled to recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earning capacity, physical therapy, retraining costs, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. This is the kind of positive outcome we always work hard toward at The Shelton Law Firm.
40 Years of Fighting for Justice for Working People in Texas and Louisiana
Under federal law, all ships in operation must be seaworthy — meaning, they must be safe to be used for their intended purpose. This standard allows an injured maritime worker to sue his or her employer under a strict liability theory. The worker does not need to show that his or her employer knew the ship was unsafe. The worker only needs to show that the ship was in fact unsafe and he or she was injured as a result.
A ship may be considered unseaworthy if any of the following conditions exist:
- Inadequate or missing safety equipment, including lifesaving equipment
- Failure to comply with safety regulations
- Undermanned boat or insufficient supervision
- Defective boat design
- Dangerous, defective, or insufficient tools or equipment
- Insufficient or improperly trained crew members
- Unreasonably slippery or obstructed decks
If you have been injured in an accident while employed at sea, seek the advice of a trusted and experienced legal advocate. At The Shelton Law Firm, Houston maritime law attorney Michael E. Shelton has been successful in advocating for maritime workers for 40 years. Whether you are in Texas, Louisiana, or anywhere in the United States, email us or call toll free to schedule a free initial consultation: 877-771-6139.
The contingency fee basis for our work means that you owe no attorney fee unless we win your case.