Because of its access to the Gulf of Mexico, Houston is a major U.S. port city with a thriving shipping industry.
The Port of Houston ranks at the top of American ports for foreign waterborne tonnage, imports, and export tonnage, as well as being the leading breakbulk port in the nation. An estimated 200 million tons of cargo are shipped through Houston annually on thousands of vessels and barges.
The prevalence of shipping activity translates into jobs for many Houston residents and into many boat, ship, and barge crew members traveling through the city. The shipping industry can provide good jobs; however, boats, ships, barges, and other vessels can also present hazardous working conditions when a shipping company, vessel owner, or responsible contractor doesn’t ensure a safe environment.
Injuries are common in maritime industries, and commonly result from:
Falls from heights or into the water
Unsecured objects falling and striking vessel crew members
Faulty or improperly maintained equipment malfunctioning
Improperly trained crew members performing jobs in an unsafe manner
Lack of proper safety gear to protect workers
Many injuries suffered by seamen or other people working on ships and vessels are preventable if the person or company responsible for keeping workers safe follows through on their obligations. When a person or company fails to maintain a safe environment or a vessel that is seaworthy, then an injured worker may have a case for negligence.
If you’ve been injured while working on a vessel, the experienced Houston maritime accident attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can discuss your options for compensation of your losses and explain what to expect from the legal process.
How a Ship Accident Lawsuit Can Help
A worker who is hurt in a ship accident has a right to compensation of his or her losses. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to payment of your medical costs, loss of earning capacity, and other harm that you may have experienced such as physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, or physical limitations.
People injured in ship accidents often suffer significant injuries that may include:
Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries
Crushed or amputated limbs
Back and spinal cord injuries
Cartilage or ligament tears
Toxic chemical exposure
Multiple physical injuries, also known as polytrauma
Serious injuries like the ones listed above are costly and may require years of recovery and rehabilitation — during which you may not be able to fully perform the duties of your job. Not only are you receiving stacks of medical bills, but you’re also unable to earn money the way you could before, and you may be worried about paying the rent and keeping food on the table.
With media coverage of frivolous lawsuits and discussions about tort reform every election cycle, you may think that lawsuits are for people who are just looking to profit from nothing. However, this sentiment could not be further from the truth.
The legal system is designed to help people like you who were seriously injured through no fault of their own. The compensation available isn’t about earning money for nothing — it’s about restoring what you lost because of your accident. The money you receive helps ensure that your medical costs are covered and that you can continue to keep a roof over your head when you can’t work.
Ship Accident Laws
A lawsuit can help you rebuild your life after a catastrophic injury in a ship accident; however, it’s important to ensure that your lawsuit is filed under the right maritime laws in order to be successful. Maritime laws can be complicated and often may overlap. Various laws offer different options for compensation.
When you’re injured in a ship accident, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation payments under the Jones Act, but you also may be able to recover payment for other damages through the legal doctrines of Unseaworthiness or Maintenance and Cure. When the accident resulted in a death, as a surviving family member may be able to sue for damages under the Death on the High Seas Act.
Because different maritime laws apply in different situations, it’s critical that you speak to a knowledgeable Houston maritime accidents lawyer about your case.
Skilled Representation For Your Ship Accident Case
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we’ve spent four decades helping people who were injured through tragic and preventable circumstances obtain the compensation they deserve. We have the knowledge, skill, and resources to pursue your case and work to obtain the maximum possible compensation. We understand how vessels work, how injuries like yours happen through negligence, and how to build a case using the strongest evidence and the best experts.
Our extensive experience includes handling cases involving numerous types of ship accidents and injuries. We have a strong track record of aiding injured maritime workers obtain the financial compensation that helps them get back on their feet after an accident — including the largest published recovery for a single maritime plaintiff in Texas history.
When you let us handle the details of the legal process, we can help you better focus on your physical recovery and on rebuilding your life.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our Houston maritime lawyers can handle a wide variety of ship accidents and injuries that include:
Crew Boat Accidents
Passenger Boat Injuries
Diving Support Vessel Injuries
Tug Boat Injuries
Cargo Ship Injuries
Offshore Supply Boat Injuries
Call for a free initial consultation to find out what the Houston injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can do for you at .