It's critical to select the top offshore accident attorney if you or a loved one was hurt while working as a seaman, dock worker, or oil and gas employee. These are dangerous and very difficult undertakings. You rely on your employer and other responsible parties to set up safety procedures and make sure they are followed. Unfortunately, far too many companies do not offer sufficient worker protection. The lawyers at Waldman Legal Group will pinpoint any negligence that resulted in your harm. We'll fight to make sure you receive the funds you need to support yourself and move on with your life.

What Damages Can I Get for My Maritime Worker Injuries?

As your offshore injury lawyer, it is our goal to see that the responsible party is held accountable. We'll make sure you receive the money you need to cover your bills and recover from your illnesses. You may be entitled to two main categories of damages: non-economic and economic.

Economic losses are simple to comprehend. These could include: Medical expense funds to cover hospital bills and other related expenditures; prescription medicine copays; treatment and rehabilitation fees; and equipment and mobility assistance.

Economic damages are easy to understand. They could consist of:

Earnings lost during recuperation Loss of earning potential in the event that your injuries prevent you from working for an extended period of time.

Of course, not all losses are obvious or simple to comprehend.

What Is the Jones Act, and Does It Apply to My Case?

The Jones Act is also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Seafarers are given particular protections under federal law. They are entitled to sue their employer if they sustain injuries at work as a result of the latter's negligence.

If you spend most of your time operating a boat or other vessel "in navigation," you may be considered a seaman.

If you work on a vessel as a cook, fisherman, deckhand, engineer, driller, mechanic, captain, mate, or in any other role, you can be considered a "seaman."

Workers' compensation is not something you are entitled to, even if the law considers you a "seaman." The Jones Act must be used in order to seek damages for your injuries.

Why Do I Need an Offshore Injury Lawyer?

In the event that you have had an offshore injury, you can receive a call from an employee of your employer or their insurance company offering you money. During this difficult time, you may be struggling to recover and worrying about your household and medical bills. It could be tempting to accept this initial payment. Though it might be beneficial in the short term, you are forfeiting the ability to act in the future. It's likely that part of your injuries will not be covered by insurance.

Only regretfully specializing in offshore accidents are familiar with the statutes governing situations of this nature. The lawyers at Waldman Legal Group have the knowledge and experience necessary to identify all responsible parties and calculate the total amount of your damages.

My Loved One Was Killed in an Offshore Accident. Can You Help?

The total of their loved one's pre-death medical expenses resulting from the accident, suffering for the their departed loved one endured before dying, Coverage for burial and funeral costs, as well as reimbursement for lost wages due to a family member's passing.

Payment for the services they loved one would have provided during their life, in addition to the money they would have received during the predicted life of their loved one.

In some situations, family members may be entitled to compensation under the Death on the High Seas Act and other maritime legislation.