Domestic Maritime Injury

Injury occurring due to accidents in U.S. waters can include not only injury to those working on the water, but may extend to property damage and business losses to those on shore as well. Maritime accidents in U.S. waters involve events occurring on ships, barges, tugboats, drilling rigs, platforms and offshore helicopter crashes.

Domestic maritime injury claims require knowledge of the Jones Act or other maritime laws, and may involve others areas such as insurance laws and regulations, and commercial business practices. Common issues that arise especially in Texas and Louisiana are:

  • Oil spill compensation for individuals and business;
  • Injuries related to helicopter crashes carrying offshore workers;
  • Maritime workers injured in inland waterways; and
  • Compensation for workers injured while in the oil field.

The lawyers at Raizner Slania have not only helped workers injured while working in domestic and foreign waters, but have also been instrumental in helping individuals and businesses receive compensation for maritime catastrophes that affect them onshore. Raizner Slania is dedicated to helping the victims of events such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill or any other injuries incurred due to the negligence of a corporation.

Raizner Slania lawyers have experience in maritime law, insurance claim fraud, and business litigation. Using their comprehensive background, they can help you determine if you have a Jones Act or other type of maritime compensation claim. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a maritime employer or corporation, contact Raizner Slania to assess what compensation you may be owed.

Offshore Injury Lawyers

With its main offices in Houston, Texas, Raizner Slania is tuned in to the needs of maritime workers. Maritime workers are an essential part of the Gulf Coast economy and a large number of the nation’s maritime workers are right here in the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston. Our work in Texas includes injuries occurring on oil rigs, barges, tugboats, workboats, and fishing boats, as well as on-shore injuries related to maritime accidents.

Common incidents occurring in Texas leading to maritime claims include:

  • Accidents in ports and channels;
  • Incidents on rivers and inland waterways;
  • Accidents on commercial fishing boats;
  • Property damage and business interruption claims arising from corporate negligence.

Our Texas maritime accident lawyers’ past successes for injured workers and their families have included participation on legal teams that obtained:

  • A $1.22 million jury award for Texas resident Roger Hamilton in a case against Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company for negligence in maintaining the vessel and attempting to conceal information about an accident that caused Mr. Hamilton’s career-ending injuries; and
  • A $1.5 million Texas jury verdict for supply ship captain Bobby Roberts, who suffered back, neck and head injuries in an attack off the coast of Africa.

Louisiana Maritime Lawyers

The most qualified and focused Louisiana maritime accident lawyer for your needs might be based in Texas, where our firm Raizner Slania reaches across state borders and international boundaries to help our clients every working day. Louisiana has some of the nation’s most frequented ports and is a major hub for oil exploration companies. Using our extensive experience in interacting with these companies as well as our connections across the country, Raizner Slania can help you pursue your claim.

Raizner Slania attorneys have years of experience obtaining compensation for injuries occurring offshore as well as onshore. Workers employed by maritime companies are afforded compensation under the Jones Act. The Act may even apply when the injury occurs while onshore in the performance of your job duties. Our lawyers have vast experience in both maritime law and workers compensation to determine what would be the best means to pursue your just compensation. The laws of the United States and individual states such as Louisiana give workers the opportunity to be compensated for medical expenses, lost time at work, and loss of support for their families in the event of a catastrophic injury.

Among the hundreds of marine-related injury and negligence cases we have handled, attorneys with our firm have been a part of legal teams that achieved notable settlements and verdicts for victims of accidents ranging from fatal maritime accidents to oil rig and equipment explosions, from offshore helicopter crashes to other types of transport accidents, including a $4.5 million unanimous Houston jury verdict for Louisiana citizen Captain Charles Norfleet, who was seriously injured due to negligence by both a German and a U.S. company in a ship-to-ship transfer.