The aftermath of any work-related accident can be painful and stressful, but the challenges are especially intense for maritime workers. Not only is this type of work more dangerous than most other professions—frequently resulting in catastrophic injuries—but the legal process for maritime workers to receive compensation is considerably more complex and difficult, as well. With the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act regulating workplace accident claims in the industry, it is essential that injured maritime workers discuss their case with a lawyer who has experience handling these claims successfully.
Our maritime injury lawyers can help you. At Hofmann & Schweitzer, we are extremely proud of the exceptional reputation we have earned in maritime injury litigation. With more than 35 years of experience representing New York City and New Jersey clients in all types of workplace injury claims, we have a remarkable track record of successful verdicts and settlements won for our clients in maritime injury claims.
Maritime Workers Our Attorneys Can Help Protect
Maritime occupations can encompass a wide range of jobs, both in the water and on land. At Hofmann & Schweitzer, our legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights of all maritime workers, including:
- Dock workers
- Harbor workers
- Ship builders
Even if you don’t see your specific title listed here, you may still be eligible to file a legal claim as a maritime worker. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights and pursue the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
Understanding How Maritime Injury Law Affects You
In the United States, two main pieces of legislation affect many of the maritime injury claims. These laws specifically address the rights of those who work on the water or in land jobs that are directly tied to offshore business. We represent clients in claims brought under both of the essential maritime injury laws:
- Jones Act claims. The Jones Act covers those who live and work on water vessels. This can include ships, oil rigs and other vessels that are actually out at sea. Depending on the exact work you do, it could be complicated to determine whether you are considered a “seaman” under the legal definition and thus afforded protection under the Jones Act.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claims. These claims involve those who work in the maritime industry but are not considered seamen working on a vessel at sea. In most cases, this can include those working on docks, repairing ships or doing related on-shore work with boats.
Protect Your Rights After a Maritime Injury | Do's and Don’ts
Too often following an accident, maritime workers trust their employers and their insurance companies to offer advice and guidance. However, those entities are out to protect only their own bottom line, and they will do anything to reduce or even deny your claim. Injured workers should take steps as soon as possible to protect their rights and preserve their claim. To that end, DO:
- Seek medical help for your injuries.
- Write down everything you remember about the circumstances of your accident and injury to keep your memory fresh.
- Call an experienced maritime injury lawyer.
Often, injured workers unknowingly say or do things that can do significant and lasting damage to their claim. If you have been hurt in a maritime accident, DO NOT:
- Sign papers without consulting with a maritime injury lawyer.
- Give a recorded statement.
- Delay in seeing a doctor.
- Agree to a settlement before talking with a maritime injury attorney.
- Let your employer pressure you to go back to work before you are ready.
- Wait too long to file a maritime accident claim.
Full Compensation for Your Maritime Injuries
You have rights, including the right to work with an attorney. We have the experience and knowledge to protect your rights and make sure you get the full compensation for your injuries. Let us help you through the process.For information regarding your legal options after a maritime injury on the East Coast, contact one of the knowledgeable maritime lawyers at Hofmann & Schweitzer toll-free at 800-362-9329 or in New York at 212-465-8840.