Houston offshore injury lawyers represent seamen, dockworkers, oil and gas industry employees, cruise ship employees, and others involved in accidents and injuries at sea or on inland waters.
A maritime lawyer is uniquely qualified to represent serious injury or wrongful death claims resulting from employment in coastal areas, at sea or on inland waters. The Houston lawyers at The Byrd Law Firm routinely handle cases governed by maritime laws. We have years of legal experience and know how to deal with oil and gas companies, shipping companies and their insurance providers.
Throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal regions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, as well as on inland waters reaching as far as St. Louis, oil and gas industry employees, dockworkers and seamen are often exposed to dangerous working conditions. These workers often suffer injuries caused by dangerous conditions on platforms, crew boats, lay barges, spars, jack-up rigs, tankers, and other vessels. Diving accidents, gas explosions, lost overboard deaths and injuries from dangerous equipment frequently sever limbs and take the lives of innocent maritime workers.
If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as a result of a maritime accident or offshore injury, it is crucial that you receive quality legal advice from a qualified Houston maritime lawyer before you discuss the matter with your employer or their insurance company.
Maritime laws are unlike other workers’ compensation laws. Unlike with state workers’ compensation claims, there is not an administrative body that oversees your maritime injury claim. Claims covered by maritime law must be filed in state or federal court. Although some claims can be settled in pre-litigation negotiations, typically the only way to properly preserve your right to pursue a claim is to file a lawsuit. An experienced Beaumont offshore injury lawyer can assist you in that process.
Sometimes your employer may ask you to sign an agreement or release in exchange for payment of unearned wages, maintenance and cure, or medical benefits. It is imperative that you have any documents you are given reviewed by a competent offshore injury lawyer before signing them so that you do not waive any of your rights of recovery.
Maritime employers and their insurance companies have their own experienced lawyers and these lawyers will work hard to minimize their client’s losses by making sure that you are paid as little as possible. When facing them, you deserve to have your own competent and experienced maritime lawyers on your side to protect your rights.
Contact the Byrd Law Firm today at (713) 864-3000 in order to protect your loved ones after an offshore injury.