Injured in a Maritime Accident?

Protect your rights and get the maximum compensation

Frequently Asked Questions

We handle cases involving the following:

  • The Jones Act
  • Doctrine of Unseaworthiness
  • Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA)
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)
  • Maintenance and Cure
  • General Maritime Law

Maritime Injury Case Janos Bognar

I had a work-related accident in 2017. After the operation I was recovering for 8 months. A good friend of mine suggested I look for a lawyer.

The Krist Law Firm helped me through EVERYTHING. Alex Horton was helping me out with a loan to be able to survive the hard time, handled the medical bills, which the union / company didn’t like to pay, and in the end, before the judge, he made me so much money, I was able to pay off all my debts, bought 3 houses and 2 apartments, which are helping me with my retirement. I must say, Mr. Horton isn’t only a very good lawyer, he is a life saver. Thank you again and again to The Krist Law Firm, P.C. for all the help, and what they have given me.

Accident & Injury Case Courtney Weaver

My family and I would like to thank everyone at The Krist Law Firm for doing a fantastic job with an unfortunate situation. There is no way we could have accomplished and got through the obstacles and challenges we faced with this case alone. We could not have chosen a better firm for the job. Scott and Alex are the best at what they do! We were always informed and aware of all case proceedings, so we were never caught off guard. One thing we could always rely on was that they always did as promised and that trust was very important to us. Scott and Alex fought for us until the end, and we are sincerely grateful and thankful for all their hard work, time and effort. We could not be more pleased with the outcome. Thank you again to everyone at The Krist Law Firm!

Workplace Accident Spencer Brooks

Scott Krist and The Krist Law Firm are second to none when it comes to the representation of their clients. As a client of Scott's I can attest to this first hand. For nearly three years Scott stood firm in his relentless pursuit to assure that my rights were never violated by the company. Scott fought diligently to make sure I received the proper compensation for my injuries. I would recommend Scott Krist and The Krist Law Firm to anyone who's been injured on the job and needs a highly skilled team of professionals to represent their best interest for the future.

Life Changing Results

$15.12 MILLION


A 19-year-old man working as a lineman for a Houston mooring company was struck in the head with a steel cable while he, among other crew members, attempted to attach a 600-foot tanker to the Houston dock. Upon placing tension on the somewhat deteriorated cable, it ricocheted and hit the man with significant force. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in cognitive deficiencies.

$3.9 Million


Our client was pulled overboard when his vessel unexpectedly departed, pulling him over the side after becoming entangled in the mooring line. Our maritime lawyers handed the claim and obtained $3,900,000 for his various injuries.



After an underwater welder sustained a serious brain injury in a work-related accident. While the man was performing his steel cutting duties, an explosion took place. Both hydrogen and oxygen were produced and became trapped beneath the seafloor mud, creating a strong combustion. The “blow-back” created a shock wave and injured our client immediately, resulting in his traumatic brain injury.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Makes Maritime Accidents Different?

A unique set of laws apply to maritime injuries that do not apply to accidents that occur on land. Sometimes referred to as admiralty laws, they are designed to protect offshore workers. For example, someone injured while a crew member on a ship files a different lawsuit than someone hurt in a car crash.

One of the most significant maritime laws is the Jones Act, a federal law that gives seamen the right to sue their employers for compensation after being injured at sea. As a sailor or seaman, the Jones Act provides an opportunity for you to obtain compensation when you are hurt.

Do I need to hire a lawyer?

Simply put, maritime accident victims have a lot to worry about, and representing themselves should not be one of them. We are dedicated to serving innocent accident victims, and fiercely pursue compensation so that our clients can focus on healing.

Let our maritime attorneys investigate your accident and collect evidence that allows us to build a strong case on your behalf. If the vessel was unseaworthy, we’ll find out. When employers didn’t properly train other maritime workers, we’ll uncover it. Everything we do at The Krist Law Firm will be in pursuit of proving your case and earning the compensation you deserve.

What is the process to resolve my case?

When speaking to us about an offshore accident, we will take the time to explain the process and answer any questions you have. This initial consultation is FREE and confidential. Bring all documentation related to the accident, including a copy of the accident report, pictures and videos of the accident site and/or your injuries, medical bills, lost income documents, and insurance company documents. This information will be critical to your case. Maritime attorney Scott Krist and his team will help you understand the legal concepts and walk you through the process to get you the compensation you deserve.

How much does it cost?

At The Krist Law Firm, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no money up front, and we don’t get paid until you do. When we win your case, we will take a percentage of the award. You will owe us nothing unless and until we successfully resolve your case and get money for you.

Simply put, you owe us absolutely nothing unless we are able to get you money for your losses. This means calling us for a consultation is absolutely free and comes with no obligation.

How a Maritime Attorney Can Help with Injury Claims

Scott Krist has been a Houston maritime lawyer for over 30 years, achieving award-winning results for his clients both at trial and in settlement negotiations. He has won some of the largest recoveries in Texas for his clients, and has earned numerous honors and awards recognizing his skill as an offshore accident attorney. He has worked with clients on maritime accident cases including:

  • Mooring line accidents
  • Helicopter and boat transport accidents
  • Oil rig explosions
  • Welding accidents
  • Offshore fires
  • Shipping accidents

If you are looking for a free consultation with one of the best maritime law firms in the country, look no further. Offshore injury law firm, The Krist Law Firm, P.C., is a well-known and established legal team that can help injured seamen and other offshore workers and their loved ones after an injury at sea. We have handled cases involving a wide variety of vessels, such as offshore oil rigs, offshore oil platforms, cruise ships, commercial fishing vessels, tugboats, tankers, barges, and more. An experienced offshore accident attorney can provide incomparable guidance to those trying to navigate their way through the complex post-accident aftermath with their employer, other companies, and insurance providers. If we represent you, we will take over all of those communications and remove that stress and confusion from your life so you can focus on your medical recovery.

Maritime accidents can be incredibly common due to the heavy machinery onboard most vessels. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C. our Houston offshore injury attorneys have decades of experience helping individuals who were injured at sea.  We can help you recover a variety of damages based on the facts of your case, including past lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. Contact an offshore injury lawyer today for more information.

About us


Our maritime attorneys have a history of getting results for injured offshore workers, so they get maximum compensation. This includes one of the largest published recoveries in Texas for a single plaintiff. In this case, we got a $15,120,000 award for a man who suffered major injuries after a mooring cable snapped and struck his head.

Companies often fail to properly train employees who are forced to work for long hours while at sea for weeks at a time. Insufficient manpower and inadequate tools are frequent problems, forcing workers to overextend themselves. Our team of award-winning lawyers has the knowledge, experience, and resources to win even the most challenging maritime cases. Whether you’re injured on a ship at sea or on an oil rig, we have a network of the best medical, engineering, and maritime industry experts in the nation to help get you the best recovery possible.

We are proud of our work and track record of representing people injured while working in the hazardous maritime industry.

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