Admiralty Law Governs Navigation and Shipping in U.S. and Texas Waters
Our lawyer in Houston handles maritime law issues for longshoremen and dockworkers
Maritime or admiralty laws govern shipping and navigation. This special body of law affects issues involving shipping commerce, navigable waters and recreational boating and injuries that occur to seamen, longshoremen, dockworkers, harbor workers, and oil and gas rigging crews. If you are injured on the high seas, on a pier or at a shipbuilding operation, it is important to understand when and how admiralty laws apply to your circumstances.
Attorney George “Buck” Cire founded Cire Law Firm and has handled complex personal injury litigation since 1986. Mr. Cire was on the workforce at Koomey Inc. prior to starting his law career. He understands the devastating consequences an oil field accident can have on families. As a Houston lawyer, he uses this experience to devote his skills and determination to recovering the maximum compensation possible for families in the aftermath of an accident on a vessel, oilrig platform or pier in Texas and on international waters.
Compensation for workers injured in a maritime occupation
Workers in admiralty occupations put their lives at risk every day to support the commerce, oil and gas extraction, transportation and recreation, vital aspects of Texas’s economy. In return, you deserve to be compensated if you are injured or sickened while performing your job. Our team investigates who is responsible for your accident and how to maximize your recovery of damages for your injuries. We review applicability of federal and state admiralty laws to your particular circumstances, including:
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act — Also called the Longshore Act, it compensates workers employed in maritime occupations for medical care for disabilities caused by accidents on U.S. navigable waters or adjoining docks, harbors, and boat servicing and building areas.
- U.S. Code Chapter 18, Merchant Seamen — Section 688 extends the jurisdiction of railway employee statutes to allow seamen and his or her families to recover compensation for injuries and fatalities in maritime jobs.
- The Jones Act — Also called the Merchant Marines Act of 1920, the Jones Act permits sailors to recover compensation from the negligent vessel owner, captain or crewmember for injuries or illnesses sustained while at sea.
- Death on the High Seas Act — This act permits a spouse, child or dependent family member to recover damages from a negligent ship owner responsible for the death of a seaman on international waters.
- Texas Workers’ Compensation Act — Workers not covered under the Longshore Act or other federal legislation may have the right to benefits under the Texas workers’ compensation program.
- Safety and Environmental Management Systems II regulations — Recently revised SEMS regulations promote safety during offshore drilling to protect workers and the public.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations — OSHA sets crucial safety standards for the maritime industry.
Pursue maximum compensation for your maritime injuries in the Houston area
To learn more about your rights under admiralty laws, call Cire Law Firm at 713.532.6206 or contact us online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our law firm is conveniently located in the Galleria area off the 610 Loop in Houston. We handle admiralty and injury cases in Houston as well as Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Jefferson counties.
Your initial consultation is free, and we handle your claim on contingency. If your injuries prevent you from traveling, we can schedule an appointment at your home or the hospital.