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Houston Jones Act Lawyers

Protecting Maritime Workers Throughout Texas

Working on the water is a demanding and rewarding career. Unfortunately, maritime jobs also come with inherent risks. If you've been injured in an offshore accident, the Jones Act may be your lifeline to compensation. 

Jolly Roger Law is a team of Houston Jones Act lawyers dedicated to protecting the rights of maritime workers throughout Texas. We understand the complexities of maritime law and are committed to fighting for the maximum compensation you deserve to recover from your injuries.

What Is The Jones Act?

The Jones Act is a federal law enacted in 1920 that protects the rights of qualifying injured seamen. It essentially functions as a form of workers' compensation for maritime workers, but with some key advantages over traditional workers' compensation programs. 

Under the Jones Act, if you can prove your injury was caused by the negligence of your employer, vessel owner, or a fellow crew member, you are entitled to significant compensation for your damages. This can include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Who Is Covered By The Jones Act?

The Jones Act covers a broad range of maritime workers, but not all. Generally, to be eligible for Jones Act protection, you must be considered a "seaman." This means you must be:

  • A member of the crew: You must be a part of the operation of the vessel, contributing to its function or mission.
  • Spend a significant amount of time on the vessel: There is no bright-line test for the amount of time required, but courts generally consider factors like living quarters on board and the nature of your duties.

Jones Act Vessels

The Jones Act applies to a wide range of vessels, including:

  • Cargo ships: Large vessels used to transport goods across waterways.
  • Barges: Large, flat-bottomed vessels that are towed by tugboats.
  • Tugboats: Smaller vessels that tow barges and other vessels.
  • Cruise Ships: Large passenger vessels used for leisure travel. However, there are specific requirements for how long a cruise ship worker must be out at sea to qualify for Jones Act coverage.
  • Jack-up rigs: Mobile offshore drilling platforms with legs that can be lowered to the seabed for stability.
  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs): These are floating vessels used for exploratory drilling and production.

If you are unsure whether you qualify as a seaman or if your vessel is covered under the Jones Act, an experienced maritime attorney from Jolly Roger Law can assess your specific situation.

How An Attorney Can Help You Settle Your Case

The Jones Act can be a powerful tool for recovering compensation after an offshore accident. However, maritime law is complex, and navigating the legal process can be challenging. 

Don't go through this challenging time alone. Contact Jolly Roger Law today for a free consultation. Our Houston Jones Act lawyers are here to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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