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Insurance companies look for any reason to deny settlements, despite what Texas state and federal regulations say. Hire the Houston offshore injury lawyers at Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers to represent your claim, allowing you to focus on your health while we negotiate a fair award on your behalf.
However, civil deadlines apply to your claim. Missing key dates results in a loss of compensation rights, letting the liable party get away with their actions. Speak with our firm about potential issues to avoid missing your chance.
If you are struggling to get the money you need after an accident, our Houston offshore injury lawyers can help. Call Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation at 866-578-0214 or message us online directly.
Offshore accidents are vastly different from personal injury accidents occurring on land. They generally rely on federal laws and can address specific circumstances with stipulations and provisions.
The Houston offshore injury lawyers at Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers can help you explore your legal options under the following:
Death on the High Seas Act. You could file a wrongful death claim if your loved one lost their life more than three nautical miles from US shores under Title 46, Chapter 303 of the U.S. Code. Family members of seamen can recover compensation for their losses.
Maintenance and Cure. Maintenance and cure provide assistance to seamen injured while working on a vessel until reaching maximum medical improvement (MMI). It pays for daily medical costs and daily living expenses.
Maritime Law. General maritime law negligence is another legal option. Maritime laws are complex but can afford you a personal injury settlement or civil court award for your losses.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act. The OCS Lands Act per Title 43, Chapter 29, Subchapter III covers injuries that occurred on the Outer Continental Shelf. These types of accidents usually occur on oil rigs.
The Jones Act. The Jones Act per 46 USC § 55102 allows you to recover an award for injuries suffered while working on a vessel. If applicable, it will enable injured seamen to recover an award for medical costs, pain and suffering, and more.
Unseaworthiness. An injured crewmember has legal rights if a vessel is not seaworthy, meaning that it is safe for operation and transportation. You can pursue the owner or operator for compensation.
Your case could take several routes depending upon the facts and circumstances. Find out how by calling Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation at 866-578-0214. We do not get paid until you win.
The oil & gas industry is inherently dangerous. Working offshore requires workers to possess physical strength and mental grit. However, these characteristics are no match for negligent conditions.
Negligence is when someone does not exercise their duty of care and causes an accident injury. Signs of offshore injury negligence include:
You deserve a safe and legal work environment, free from retaliation when you assert your rights. Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers will investigate your accident for signs of negligence and present them effectively to insurers and at-fault parties.
The law ensures that injury victims receive compensation for financial damages. However, insurance companies will look for every legal reason to deny paying a settlement. Our Houston offshore injury lawyers are aware of this strategy and will put a stop to their flimsy excuses.
Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers can helps the following maritime workers exercise their compensation rights:
Applicable maritime laws are complex. However, our legal team has handled offshore injury claims and has a strong command of approaching viable cases with tenacity and aplomb.
It is no secret that medical care is expensive, especially for offshore injuries. Offshore injuries can be catastrophic, and insurers will try to eliminate as much of their liability as possible.
The ocean’s unstable nature and slippery conditions do not help. Some of the most common offshore injuries we see include the following:
Amputation. Chains, winches, and other elements can cause serious injuries. Amputation is a genuine concern for offshore workers. It can require extensive reconstructive surgery and lifelong care to achieve MMI.
Burns. Offshore burn injuries cause severe pain for victims and prevent them from returning to work. Employees often work with hot liquids, oil, gas, chemicals, electrical equipment, and more every day.
Neck and Back Injuries. Back and neck injuries are a leading cause of injury for offshore workers. They can often lead to permanent disability. When an injury occurs to these body parts, it can also cause debilitating pain.
Shoulder Injuries. Offshore workers often suffer from shoulder injuries while working at sea. Their work involves repetitive motion, lifting heavy equipment, slip and falls, and other accidents. Common shoulder injuries include torn rotator cuffs, fractures, and collarbone issues.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). Offshore TBIs can occur due to the recklessness and carelessness of maritime employers, companies, and vessel owners. You may require lifelong care and assistance.
Regardless of the injury you suffered, you should receive an award that compensates you fairly. Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers will hold liable parties accountable so that you get the money you are owed.
Federal and state laws protect your compensation rights when injured at work, regardless of fault. However, you could potentially recover additional compensation if someone else’s negligence played a role.
Our Houston offshore injury lawyers can help you recover compensation that pays for:
Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers will help you document your case, communicate with insurers, and obtain evidence so that you can concentrate on getting well. We will also provide legal advice if you need help accessing quality medical care.
Civil deadlines apply to offshore injury cases, varying according to the type of injury, parties involved, and claim filed. Since every situation is unique, the timeline of your case will look different from another’s.
Missing these civil deadlines will result in a claim denial or case dismissible. Avoid missing your chance by contacting us for more information as soon as possible.
Our Houston offshore injury lawyers have had an established presence in Houston’s local and federal courtrooms for several decades. You can rely on our knowledge and understanding of the court system, local procedures, and more.
When you hire Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers to represent your case, we deliver on the following legal services:
Count on us to fight for the compensation you deserve. We will keep you apprised of new developments throughout the time you work with us while running all decisions by you. Our firm will also treat you with compassion and understanding.
At Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers, our Houston offshore injury attorneys understand the complexities of maritime and offshore damages. We will analyze your circumstances, evaluate your case, and demand what you are owed.
We have decades of experience handling maritime cases and obtaining maximum compensation for injured offshore workers. You can count on us to root out a strategy that meets your objectives competently.
Heard Merman Accident & Injury Trial Lawyers is proud of our work on offshore injury cases. We have a track record of success representing injury victims and surviving loved ones.
We understand if you are too injured to travel. Some injuries preclude our clients from visiting our Bellaire office. If this applies to your situation, our legal team will travel to you for in-person visits
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