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Maritime Injury Lawyers

The maritime industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the world. Individuals that work onboard crab boats and other commercial fishing boats, for instance, are required to battle dangerous conditions such as severe weather and choppy seas, often with little or no sleep. These workers are often required to push themselves physically and mentally to near breaking point.

Oil rig workers that work on offshore drilling platforms have a whole different set of challenges. They work with dangerous equipment and face risks such as explosions and falls from extreme heights. While the challenges vary from job to job, one fact remains the same - all maritime workers are at risk for sustaining serious injuries and death.


Our maritime injury lawyers recognize the great dangers seamen face. We represent individuals who are seriously injured, as well as the surviving family members of those who are killed in offshore accidents, including (but not limited to):

  • - Equipment malfunctions 
  • - Explosions and fires on offshore drilling platforms
  • - Crushing injuries when heavy equipment becomes loose due to choppy seas
  • - Severed limbs when fishermen get their hands, arms or legs caught in nets and lines
  • - Slipping on a slick deck
  • - Falling while welding or doing other work on drilling platforms 
  • - Getting swept overboard during severe weather storms
  • - Capsizing

Sailors that are injured by negligence during the course of employment are protected under the Jones Act. Our maritime injury lawyers have vast knowledge of maritime law and the Jones Act and are dedicated to helping injured seamen get the full amount of compensation for their injuries.

Additional Sources of Information Regarding Maritime Law and the Jones Act

Text of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (Jones Act) The law regulates maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports.

Merchant Marine Act of 1920 also known as the Jones Act, is a United States federal statute. The Jones Act deals with US coastal shipping. It requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships that are constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens.


Profit Pollution and Deception BP and the Oil Spill: Published on  Nov 1, 2013


Referred to in the press as the BP oil disaster, the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo blowout, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on 20 April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.

The law firm of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. represented a number of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion survivors in addition to obtaining a confidential settlement for Tracy Kleppinger, widow of Karl Kleppinger Jr., a Transocean crew member who died on the Deepwater Horizon.



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If you or someone you love has sustained a serious injury, or if someone you love has been killed during the course of employment, we can help you seek the compensation you need to pay for expensive medical bills and to support yourself and your family. To schedule a free review of your case, please contact one of our maritime lawyers today.

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