Injury on Coastal Waterways

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When a seaman suffers an injury on the intercoastal waterway, they may be protected under the Jones Act Maritime law. All claims for a maritime worker who is employed to work aboard a vessel should be reviewed by an offshore accidents attorney for possible coverage under the Jones Act. Offshore maritime firms with attorneys specializing in the Jones Act can steer a seaman’s claim to properly maximize recovery in the event of a maritime injury.

A qualified offshore injury attorney may direct an injured seaman to all available avenues of recovery, including the employer, the vessel’s owner and possibly against a third-party contractor. This specialized maritime lawyer possesses the knowledge and skill sets necessary to collect necessary evidence to prove the required negligence to affect recovery. Many personal injury firms purport to handle Jones Act cases, but only an experienced offshore injury lawyer can successfully navigate a Jones Act case for full recovery.

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Featured Case

FELA/Worker Injury

A 15-year machinist for Union Pacific Railroad was injured when a locomotive coupled into his blue flagged locomotive in the diesel shop at Union Pacific’s Houston facility. Although the machinist failed to engage the shop derails and acknowledge the track alarm, the contention was that Union Pacific employee took one minute and forty-four second water break during a walk around prior to the coupling.

During this water break, the machinist blue flagged his locomotive and began working. Burwell Nebout filed suit against Union Pacific Railroad in Harris County. After a two-week trial in the 157th District Court in Harris County, the jury awarded the machinist $566,105. The jury determined that Union Pacific Railroad violated the federal regulation that absolutely prohibits coupling into a blue flagged locomotive.