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Jones Act Attorney

If you need trustworthy, proven, and effective legal counsel that understands the Jones Act and knows how to win offshore injury cases, the Buzbee Law Firm should be at the top of your list. Our lawyers have made a name for our firm, bringing us many referrals over the years.

Jones Act Attorney

If you have been hurt on a vessel, The Buzbee Law Firm should be your first call. We have handled cases against almost every vessel company in the United States. We have handled more of such cases than any other law firm. We know the law and the jargon. We know the insurance companies and lawyers who defend these cases. We don’t lose. Our maritime attorneys are the only choice for workers injured at sea on navigable waters, ship channels, ports, dockside, or harbor.

Our Jones Act attorneys in Texas have extensive experience in the requirements for eligibility to recover compensation through the application of the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. We know how to win compensation for you. The Buzbee Law Firm has the largest verdicts every entered in the United States in Jones Act cases. Call us for the results you deserve.

About the Jones Act

Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 under 46 USC §§ 861-889, the Jones Act protects crew members of a seafaring vessel in the event they are injured. This law applies to inland river workers and offshore crew members. These men and women work on:

They also work on diving vessels, cruise ships, recreational boats, and other floating or movable vessels. Thanks to the Jones Act, these workers are not limited to ordinary workers’ compensation when they are injured while working. The Jones Act offers more excellent avenues for recovery after an accident at sea or in a harbor.


Compensation You Can Seek in a Texas Jones Act Claim

Under the Jones Act, you can file for one or more of the following benefits:

  • Past, present, and future medical costs and care
  • Lost income or wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of ability to earn an income or diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical scarring or disfigurement
  • Home and living costs while the person is in recovery
  • Mental anguish
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Temporary or permanent disability


If the injuries lead to a loved one’s wrongful death, select relatives or dependents may be able to file for the following damages:

  • Compensation for funeral costs
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering arising from the loss of the family member
  • Lost income
  • Medical costs incurred before the person’s demise


Depending on the situation, you or the loved ones of a deceased offshore worker may be able to claim all these damages. Our Texas Jones Act law firm will provide legal advice in this regard and guide you so that you can get the maximum settlement possible.

Who Can You File a Texas Jones Act Claim Against?

As an offshore worker in Texas, you’re entitled to a safe working environment. Specifically, your employer should:

  • Provide a reasonably safe working environment
  • Through ordinary care, ensure that all sea vessels that maritime workers will work on are in reasonably safe condition
  • Ensure that there’s a maintenance and cure process in place if employees fall ill or get injured

If an employer, shipping company, or vessel owner refuses to provide these, you can hold them liable. But that’s not all. They can also be held liable in the following circumstances:

  • Clear negligence of safety protocols and processes
  • Intentionally endangering the lives of the crew by placing them on unseaworthy vessels
  • Injuries or illnesses suffered because of their negligence
  • Your employer forced you to work in conditions that are clearly unsafe
  • Your employer deployed and used faulty equipment



Proving Negligence in a Jones Act Case

Proving negligence in a Jones Act case requires a lower burden of proof than workers’ comp or personal injury claims. All it takes is some evidence that the employer’s negligence—no matter how small—contributed in some way to your accident and injuries. Once you’re able to prove this, you qualify for compensation under the act.

Also, you may be able to sue third parties for negligence too, thus increasing your compensation amount. But, those are peculiar circumstances that your Jones Act lawyer in Texas will explain to you if necessary.

Finally, please understand that there’s no set timeframe for these kinds of cases. Some are resolved within a short time, others take longer. It all depends on the investigations your attorney carries out, the willingness of the company to settle, and how much you’re asking for as compensation.



Jones Act Claims Process in Texas

The claims process in a Texas Jones Act case is pretty straightforward:

  1. The offshore worker reports the accident or injury to his or her superior, which could be the ship captain or a supervisor
  2. The shipping firm that the worker works for will then request the accident report
  3. The worker will commence medical treatment
  4. The worker will hire a Jones Act attorney in Texas to help file the claim and pursue damages
  5. The injured worker’s lawyer will pursue the compensation
  6. If the company doesn’t settle, the attorney will file the suit in a federal or state court and prevail upon the courts to award you a well-deserved settlement

Please note that you have to file your Jones Act claim within three years of the accident or injury. This is the statute of limitation for all Jones Act claims in Texas.



Jones Act Cases We’ve Represented

The Buzbee Law Firm has represented hundreds of maritime workers in Jones Act claims in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The firm has served as counsel for workers with many job functions in many related occupations, including:

  • Offshore drilling
  • Offshore supply and transport
  • Dredging
  • Fishing
  • Shrimping

Our attorneys have successfully represented many clients, including:

  • More than 20 workers who were injured when the Parker 14J collapsed off the coast of Louisiana. Our clients obtained more money in settlements than those of any other attorney or law firm.
  • A class of offshore workers alleged that their wages had been suppressed by their employers. The case resulted in a settlement for the class.
  • A class of maritime workers claims that their workplace was riddled with asbestos; that case also resulted in a settlement for the class.
  • A widow whose husband died on a ship after becoming ill after his employer failed to arrange for medical treatment.
  • The estate of a young offshore worker who was found dead, with his body tangled in the spokes of a large hose reel on a drilling rig. The suit resulted in a financial settlement to the estate and, as part of the settlement, the defendant agreed to install a reel guard in an effort to prevent further incidents.

In one of his first trials, Tony Buzbee represented the estate of an offshore worker who was killed while working aboard a drilling rig off the coast of Saudi Arabia when a pipe exploded. The case resulted in a jury verdict against the defendant.

In the course of the lawsuit, Buzbee uncovered a deadly problem with piping used in the drilling industry and, as a result of the suit, that problem has now been corrected in the industry. That case was tried to verdict, resulting in significant compensation.



An Experienced Texas Jones Act Lawyer Can Help You

Trial lawyer Tony Buzbee started his career representing Jones Act maritime workers. He cut his teeth representing workers injured on boats, ocean-going vessels, and drilling rigs.

The Buzbee Law Firm has handled multiple Jones Act injury cases against Falcon Drilling, Diamond Offshore, H&P, Global Santa Fe, Transocean, Rowan Drilling, and other major pipe-laying companies.

If you need assistance with a Jones Act claim, a claim involving an offshore injury, or a legal dispute involving seagoing enterprises, contact us today by email or call our toll-free office line. Our Texas Jones Act attorneys provide free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis.

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