At Doyle Dennis LLP Trial Lawyers, our law firm prides ourselves on our knowledge of the maritime industry and general maritime law. You will not have to spend time explaining your occupation like you would with an attorney lacking experience in the field. We understand what it’s like for a seaman, offshore oil rig workers, longshore and harbor workers and others who may have a maritime accident covered by admiralty law. Our decades of combined experience representing injured maritime workers allows us to understand the risks and challenges of your job, as well as how to navigate the legal and personal needs of clients pursuing offshore injury claims.
Benefits of Working with a maritime lawyer at Doyle Dennis LLP
After suffering a serious personal injury while at sea or onshore, contact Doyle Dennis LLP Trial Lawyers for a maritime injury attorney that understands your needs and fights for your rights. Our former clients and track record of millions of dollars in settlement and verdicts can attest to our ability to provide individual care and intense effort for clients with valid claims. Whatever your legal concerns are after a serious maritime injury, you can trust our wise and experienced counsel.
From our office in Houston we have developed a global maritime law practice on the backbone of fighting for the rights of injured offshore workers and other maritime employees. We are well equipped to undertake nearly any type of offshore injuries, such as:
Offshore injury cases are covered by special maritime laws that are much different than common accidents incurred on land. If you are injured while working offshore due to an accident you should seek out a specialized maritime attorney. It takes an experienced maritime lawyer to understand what a seaman is entitled to after a personal injury. An admiralty attorney understands seamen are entitled to more than their workers’ compensation claims. Worker’s compensation provides some stability for seamen, but it does not account for the ultimate cost of a personal injury. You may be entitled to much more such as lost wages, medical costs, future pain and suffering and potentially much more if the personal injury was due to negligence or other failures of an accident. Even accidents onshore are covered under maritime law if the personal injury occurs to longshore and harbor workers. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (lhwca) covers longshore and harbor workers who suffer personal injury on the job. Those on inland navigable waters are still covered by maritime law if they are injured while on the job. Accidents are frequent in the maritime industry and our experience with taking cases all the way to a verdict shows our firm has the maritime law experience to pursue all you are entitled for after an accident and personal injury.
The deck and general travel on boats poses great risks for serious personal injury. This could happen to a passenger trying to enjoy a cruise or even a seaman completing his daily tasks as usual. Decks on vessels are generally unsteady and sometimes slick even when caution is taken. You can slip and fall due to the various random slick areas on a boat or sudden movements that cause uneven surfaces. These maritime accidents on a vessel can cause serious personal injury. Through no fault of your own you then have to face a potentially life changing injury. You may also face loss of wages, medical bills, and potentially devastating mental anguish from your personal injury. This great burden can be greatly eased by hiring experienced personal injury attorneys in the maritime field. Our firm has the ability to view your case and see what you should be entitled to and if the company did not act properly and is negligent. Maritime employers have certain duties to withhold and if they don’t maintain their vessels properly, they are negligent. At Doyle Dennis LLP we know when an accident happens in the course of normal work and when an accident happens due to negligence of an employer or vessel owner. We work hard for our clients to get the compensation they deserve from their personal injury at sea.
Seamen have to work with heavy, difficult and potentially dangerous equipment. Lines weighed down by water and various cargo can be extremely heavy and difficult to work with. Sometimes the physical demand of the job causes serious personal injuries such as strains and tears to muscles used repeatedly over time. These maritime accidents can occur naturally as a result of the tough work and through no fault of the worker. They often do not occur from one incident but accumulate over time to ultimately cause your personal injury. Employers will often claim you there was no maritime accident and as such no personal injury claim. But an experienced admiralty attorney understands how the strenuous jobs at sea can lead to an injury overtime and fight for the proper maritime injury compensation. Cables and lines also can very easily break or cause seamen to be entangled in them leading to dangerous injuries such as loss of limbs, disfigurement or potential death. They can trip and grab you in a moment and change your life forever. Seamen are constantly worrying about them and take many precautions. But even this does not protect against unfortunate accidents. Employers may try to claim you did not do your job properly and the accident was your fault even if you did everything and beyond what you were supposed to do. Cranes and forklifts can immediately kill or cause life altering injuries if not used with proper precautions or if they fail due to inadequate care or improper use. Employers have an obligation to ensure that their employees operating heavy machinery offshore have the proper training as well as the machines they are working with are properly maintained. Sometimes they fail to do this which leads to unfortunate maritime accidents and wrongful death in the worst scenario. Ultimately a maritime lawyer understands what a seaman deals with on a daily basis and can best help them fight for their rightful compensation if they are injured while working offshore.
Working on offshore drilling rigs poses great danger to everyone on the vessel. The highly combustible fuel they extract from beneath the seabed can lead to small fires or even in the worst-case large explosions. These fires and explosions can immediately cause a large loss of life or personal injury. These accidents on drilling rigs can be caused for a variety of reasons and become very difficult to manage without great personal risk. While those working on platforms may understand the risk their job entails what they should not understand is their employer’s failure to adequately protect and safeguard against risks. As experience offshore attorney’s we know what can go wrong and why. We can help our clients and their families understand their legal rights and how to obtain the correct compensation after a drilling rig fire or explosion. Trust our experienced maritime firm who already understands what you deserve and wants to help you fight to get it.
Our attorneys have proven experience in helping maritime and offshore workers obtaining millions of dollars in compensation such as lost wages, medical costs, mental anguish, pain and suffering and additional compensation after suffering a personal injury on the job. Doyle Dennis LLP Trial Lawyers has a firm grasp on the intricacies of maritime law and other relevant acts such as the Jones Act. We apply our skill and experience to provide an efficient and determined effort on behalf of our clients. Our experience with international litigation allows us to pursue claims for clients injured around the world. Our attorneys can provide you with a firm understanding of how to maneuver webs of complex legal claims with the highest probability of success. Choose to trust our respected attorneys with your claim by contacting us today and see how much we respect the attorney client relationship. Our record of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements speaks for itself in our abilities as maritime injury lawyers.
The lawyers at Doyle Dennis LLP have vast experience in offshore claims and understand numerous federal maritime laws, such as the Jones Act law, that apply to offshore claims. If you are working offshore on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on the outer continental shelf let our law firm handle your compensation claims for personal injury or accidents. Our Texas firm works every day to help clients across state lines and international borders in their maritime accident claims
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