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Brain Biomarker Test Will Quicken Diagnosis of Injuries in Workers, Accident Victims

At a lab owned by Banyan Biomarkers Inc. in Florida, anesthetized rats are repeatedly hit with tiny metal pistons and blasts of air in order to imitate the impact of a serious head injury.  The idea is to determine whether brain injury in these animals leads to the development of biomarkers in the blood.  The aim is to develop a test that will allow health care professionals to test for a brain injury, by determining the presence of a biomarker in the blood.

As maritime attorneys and Houston industrial accident attorneys, we often come across maritime workers and other workers with a brain injury.  These can occur when workers are struck on the head in the workplace, by flying objects or falling materials or debris.  A person can suffer a brain injury when he falls off a deck, a ladder or platform.  Just about every workplace in Texas has potential fall hazards, and even falls that have a moderate impact, can cause a concussion or mild brain injury.  That is why it was so great to hear that the US Department Of Defense is investing in a study in the development of a brain injury test device that determines the presence of biomarkers.   The study is the first of its kind in the country, and will soon be conducted on 1,000 patients across 20 hospitals.

Currently, there’s not much that doctors have to work with while diagnosing a brain injury, except for the victim’s symptoms if he’s conscious, or the accounts of witnesses.  Sometimes, these accounts can be conflicting, and very often, doctors fail to diagnose a brain injury.

The chances of misdiagnosing an injury are even higher when the person has not lost consciousness after an injury.  That often happens during fall accidents.  With a test that can help determine the presence of biomarkers in the person’s blood, doctors will be able to diagnose a brain injury much quicker.  This will also allow them to begin treatment as quickly as possible.  Early treatment is key to a brain injury patient’s recovery.  There is not much you can do to reverse the initial damage, but if doctors can begin working on a patient as quickly as possible, they can limit the extent of the brain injury.

Two Persons Missing in Barge-Tourist Boat Accident in Philadelphia

Two persons continue to remain missing a day after a massive accident involving a amphibious tourist boat and a barge on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The two missing are a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl from Hungary. Search and rescue operations for the two missing persons were suspended for a while yesterday, but are expected to resume on Thursday.

The barge accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon. The sequence of events began when a small fire broke out in the engine room of the tourist boat, which had 37 passengers on board. The boat was stalled in the water waiting for help, when it was struck by a city-owned barge that was being pulled by a tugboat. The impact of the crash caused the tourist boat to sink almost immediately. The passengers were all thrown overboard, and most of them were saved. However, the two Hungarian tourists continue to remain missing. Ten people on the tourist boat had to be treated in the hospital for their injuries. The barge was a massive 800-foot long vessel, and was being pulled by an 85-foot tug.

Investigations are expected to begin immediately. The National Transportation Safety Board has already sent a four-member team to the accident site. Investigators are currently focusing on whether the tourist boat had made any attempt to alert other vessels in the area about the situation. According to the Coast Guard, it has information that the boat sent out a transmission hailing another boat, but no evidence of a call for help from the tourist boat.

The investigation is also focusing on how visible the tourist boat was, as it was partially submerged below the water. For now, investigators don’t believe that the speed of the barge was a major issue in this maritime accident.

The maritime lawyers at Schechter McElwee Shaffer & Harris represent injured victims of maritime accidents in Texas, across the country and worldwide.  SMSH Maritime Partner Matthew Shaffer has spoken out in the media about the Delaware River duck boat accident and tourist vessel safety.

BP Texas Refinery Had Toxic Release Just Before Deepwater Horizon Gulf Blowout

Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, BP’s huge Texas City, Texas refinery is said to have spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the air.  The toxic chemical release from the BP facility allegedly began April 6 and lasted 40 days.

This toxic chemical release stemmed from BP’s unsafe decision to keep producing and selling gasoline while repairing equipment.  Does this story sound familiar from the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventor?

BP failed to detect the gravity of its emissions for weeks, and now believes approximately 538,000 pounds of chemicals escaped from its Texas refinery while it was replacing the equipment. These included 17,000 pounds of benzene, a known carcinogen, among other harmful and toxic chemicals.

The Texas City BP refinery has continually been a problem-causer.  It was the site of a huge 2005 explosion which killed 15 workers.  Our firm’s explosion lawyers represented multiple clients in that litigation so we know BP and their poor safety record well.  Since that explosion, four more workers have died at this refinery.  Additionally, just last year, OSHA fined BP $87 million for failing to address the safety problems that caused the 2005 blast.  Also last year, the Texas Attorney General filed a civil lawsuit against BP for “poor operating and maintenance practices’’ that caused an “egregious amount of emissions.”  That case cited 53 separate incidents that, taken together, are roughly equal to the 538,000 pounds BP calculates it released over the 40 days this year.

In the weeks since the Deepwater Horizon exploded, BP has repearedly cried out that the oil rig explosion was an unusual misstep for them.  We don’t buy it.

The 40-day toxic chemical release errily foreshadowed the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP officials underestimated the problem and took steps in the days leading up to the incident to reduce costs and keep their operations online.  Our Texas Injury Lawyers say that this is enough.

It’s official. Oil from the BP oil spill has reached the Texas coastline. Gallons of tar balls were found on the Bolivar Peninsula and a Galveston beach over the Fourth of July holiday. The tar balls were found by local residents who notified the US Coast Guard and the Texas Gen. Land Office immediately. Tests have now confirmed that the tar balls indeed originated from the BP oil spill site in the Gulf Mexico.

As soon as the tar balls were discovered, crew members began to use rakes and shovels to remove the tar balls. A total of 5 gallons of tar balls were recovered. The largest ball was about the size of a ping-pong ball.

Authorities are still trying to determine how the oil reached the Texas coastline. The consistency of the tarballs doesn’t seem to indicate that these have traveled 400 miles from the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which led to the well spewing oil. They’re looking at the possibility that the oil came from the side of a ship or vessel that passed through the spill. As of now, no one believes that the tar balls reached the beaches through currents. More tests will be conducted on the tar balls to determine how they landed here.

There’s no evidence of more unwelcome oil washing up on Texas beaches, but the Coast Guard is keeping its eyes open. The agency has set up a command post for oil spill operations in Texas City. In case more oil shows up on our beaches, then this post will likely be in charge of oil spill cleanup efforts here.

The maritime lawyers at Schechter McElwee Shaffer and Harris represent injured victims of maritime accidents in Texas, across the country and worldwide.

One Person Killed in New York Harbor Boating Accident

Boating under the influence is being blamed for a fatal boating accident in the New York harbor over the weekend. On Friday evening, one man was killed and two other persons on his boat were seriously injured when another boat, allegedly being operated by an intoxicated boater, crashed into the pleasure craft in the New York harbor.

The three men were on a 19 foot Bayliner, and were near the Statue of Liberty when their craft was struck by a Pro-Line vessel. The impact of the crash was massive, and it broke the Bayliner into two. One of the three men aboard was trapped in the wreckage. Rescuers were able to extricate him from the mangled wreck, and he was rushed to the hospital. However, he died of his injuries. The two other men suffered minor injuries including cuts and scrapes.

The operator of the larger boat failed a sobriety test, and was arrested. The other people on the boat with him included a woman and three children. Fortunately, none of them were injured in the accident.

Boating under the influence continues to be a major factor in boating accidents in Texas. It is dangerous for you to be driving under the influence on land. It’s even more dangerous on the water, because your intoxicated boating is worsened by the fact that you have less experience boating than driving. The average American has been a motorist for more numbers of years than he has been a boater. This relative lack of experience on the water means that an intoxicated boater will find it much harder to make emergency decisions that can prevent an accident.

Boating under the influence is a special concern during summer when so many Texans are out on the water for fun. Unfortunately for many of these people, fun involves mixing alcohol with boating which is never a good idea.

The maritime lawyers at Schechter McElwee Shaffer & Harris represent injured victims of maritime accidents in Texas, across the country and worldwide.

New Cruise Ship Safety Bill Empower Passengers

A bill that will not only keep cruise ship passengers safer, but also enhance their powers to report crimes that occur, is on Pres. Obama’s desk, pending his signature. The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act was passed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The bill contains a number of provisions that maritime attorneys and cruise crime victims associations have been calling for over the past few years.

Among other things, the Act will provide for peepholes on all cabin doors, and a minimum height of 42 inches for railings. All ships must have crime information packets in cabins to give passengers the information they need to report crimes, when these have occurred. Vessels will also be required to notify the US Coast Guard and the FBI immediately, when a crime takes place on a vessel. Currently, cruise vessels are not required to report crimes to the FBI.

Ships must also carry rape kits as well as medications to prevent STDs. Cruise ships must come with medically trained staff, who can help passengers deal with the trauma of an assault. Cruise ships must provide passengers access to a confidential 24-hour sexual assault Hotline. Cruise operators are now required to keep a log of all incidents of assaults, homicides, kidnappings or disappearances of American nationals.

These rules will apply to all ships that dock at US ports. Many of these rules are currently in place on several cruise lines. But once they are formally in force, it should make passengers much more aware of their rights.

For too long, cruise ship passengers have been told to leave normal securities and protections behind on land when they board a vessel. Not anymore. This law will extend many of the same securities that Americans enjoy on land, to the sea. Having this law does not mean that crimes will never again occur on the sea, but it does ensure that families of victims don’t come up against blank walls in their fight against justice, as they have so often  in the past.

and cruise crime victims associations have been calling for over the past few years.

Among other things, the Act will provide for peepholes on all cabin doors, and a minimum height of 42 inches for railings. All ships must have crime information packets in cabins to give passengers the information they need to report crimes, when these have occurred. Vessels will also be required to notify the US Coast Guard and the FBI immediately, when a crime takes place on a vessel. Currently, cruise vessels are not required to report crimes to the FBI.

Ships must also carry rape kits as well as medications to prevent STDs. Cruise ships must come with medically trained staff, who can help passengers deal with the trauma of an assault. Cruise ships must provide passengers access to a confidential 24-hour sexual assault Hotline. Cruise operators are now required to keep a log of all incidents of assaults, homicides, kidnappings or disappearances of American nationals.

These rules will apply to all ships that dock at US ports. Many of these rules are currently in place on several cruise lines. But once they are formally in force, it should make passengers much more aware of their rights.

For too long, cruise ship passengers have been told to leave normal securities and protections behind on land when they board a vessel. Not anymore. This law will extend many of the same securities that Americans enjoy on land, to the sea. Having this law does not mean that crimes will never again occur on the sea, but it does ensure that families of victims don’t come up against blank walls in their fight against justice, as they have so often  in the past.

Tropical Storm Alex Foils Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts

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Tropical Storm Alex is gaining strength and a hurricane watch has been issued for the coasts of south Texas and northeastern Mexico.  Alex is expected to intensify into a hurricane sometime today, and while it may not directly slam the area involved in the Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup, severe weather conditions will undoubtedly have an impact.  Measures are already being taken to protect vessels, aircraft and workers responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The storm is projected to cause a setback of current plans to capture more crude oil gushing from the Macondo well.

For example, high seas and winds from Alex pushed back the scheduled start of the Helix Producer, a ship that should double BP’s capacity to capture oil with a system of containment domes and pipes.  The floating oil production and storage ship may now not be ready until mid-July.

Current hurricane warnings extend from Baffin Bay, Texas south across the mouth of the Rio Grande river to La Cruz, Mexico.  But Alex’s outer wind field could push oil from the spill farther inland and hinder oil spill cleanup operations in the area.  U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told the media that Alex could by Wednesday produce 10- to 12-foot seas in the immediate area of the response effort.

No one can be certain of the effects of the Atlantic’s first named tropical storm of the hurricane season.  While the storm is forecast to land far from the site of the Deepwater Horizon well head, there is no certainty in weather predictions.  If Alex turns north unexpectedly, then the storm could cause an even greater delay in oil spill cleanup efforts.  Also worrisome is the possibility that Alex might now push massive amounts of crude oil farther inland than it would have previously migrated into marshes and other sensitive areas.

For Fishermen Wives, BP Oil Spill Brings Back Nightmares of Katrina

Depression rates are up, and so are incidences of domestic violence in St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana. This was one of the worst hit areas when Katrina struck, and residents here are hardly unaccustomed to disaster. Barely had these people recovered from the nightmare that was Katrina, than they find they have to deal with new stresses and anxieties brought about by the BP oil spill. Mother Jones has a report on the high incidence of depression, abuse and suicide among the fishermen’s communities in St. Bernard Parish.

These women have to juggle with the multiple responsibilities of caring for their families, keeping their men folk going through these troubled times, and worrying about daily living expenses. Their husbands have seen little business since the oil spill wreaked havoc along the Louisiana coastline, and many of them have started working as cleanup crews. The work requires them to be in close- proximity to dangerous chemicals, and some of the wives worry that their husbands will be left with health effects that last for years after the last drop of oil has been cleaned from the Gulf.

There are other worries too. Local charities are handing out grocery vouchers, but there’s little money left to meet other non-food-expenses.

The stress is telling on the wives. They’re depressed, they’re angry, and they’re worried not just about the financial situation, but about all the stress on their families and their husbands. They speak of husbands who have turned to beating their wives to vent their frustrations and turned to alcohol to lose their sorrows. In Plaquemines Parish, incidences of domestic violence are up, but counselors are not ready to confirm it’s because of the spill. One mayor in an Alabama however is more confident. He’s blaming the oil spill for a 320% increase in domestic violence incidences in Bayou La Batre.

One thing is clear to maritime lawyers.  As long as the well keeps spewing oil, and as long as these people aren’t secure about their financial present and future, we can expect more families to be torn by domestic and emotional troubles.

Sulpicio Lines Loses Appeal from Massive Ferry Disaster

Sulpicio Lines has lost a second appeal to halt the prosecute two of its officials on charges relating to the 2008 Princess of the Stars ferry disaster, which killed more than 800 people.  The Princess of the Stars was a ferry owned by Filipino shipping company Sulpicio Lines that capsized off the coast of San Fernando, Romblon at the height of Typhoon Fengshen on June 21, 2008.  The ferry had a total passenger capacity of 1,992 people.  The 5-member Philippines Board of Marine Inquiry, in its 65-page report dated August 25, 2008 (submitted to the Maritime Industry Authority or Marina), found Sulpicio Lines and its captain liable for the MV Princess of the Stars June 21 maritime tragedy.

The Philippines Justice Department denied the appeal filed by Edgar Go, the vice-president of Sulpicio, to reconsider a March 2009 decision which dismissed his petition for a review of the findings by prosecutors. Justice secretary Alberto Agra said Go had failed to raise any new arguments that would warrant reversal of the ruling.

The Justice Department claims that Go, the head of Sulpicio’s crisis management committee, failed to direct the captain, Florencio Marimon Sr, to cancel the trip to Cebu, even after the weather bureau had raised Storm Signal No 3 over the area where the ship would pass.

Marimon was also named in the criminal case – although he has been missing since the disaster, his body was never recovered.

The failure of Go’s appeal coincided with the second anniversary of the Princess of the Stars sinking on 21 June 2008. Only 32 people out of the 860 passengers and crew onboard survived.

If you have been injured in a ferry accident or have questions about any other maritime claims, please contact the maritime lawyers of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP at info@smslegal.com.

Texas Shipbuilding Company Cited for Safety Hazards

Damaged electrical junction boxes, failure to provide employees fall protection systems and gaping open manholes on decks – these and several more serious health and safety hazards led to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration  citing a Texas-based ship builder this week.

According to the OSHA website, Channelview-based Sneed Shipbuilding has been cited for several violations. OSHA’s Houston office began investigations of Sneed Shipbuilding for structural deficiencies on crawler cranes that the company operated. The investigators also found dangerous electrical hazards strewn around the workplace. There were damaged junction boxes that were left open, and workers were using damaged welding leads.

Other violations included failure to provide employees fall protection systems and failure to cover open manholes on the deck. There were no fire extinguishers in areas used for the storage of flammable materials and solvents. OSHA also found that grinders did not come with guards on them. The agency also found form keeping violations, including failure to maintain the required Summary of Work-Related Injuries And Illnesses form. OSHA found that there was no respiratory protection program in place to protect workers from inhalation hazards. In all, the agency issued 19 serious citations, and Sneed Shipbuilding has 15 working days to either comply or appeal the citations.

Workers who work in shipyards or the ship building industry must keep their eyes open for any safety or health hazards. If you are a worker in the ship building industry in Houston or around Texas, and have a question about health and safety standards in your work environment, contact OSHA’s Houston North area office at 281 591 2438. You can also call the OSHA Hotline at 800 321 6742.

It’s important that workers know that dangerous conditions in the workplace don’t have to exist.

The maritime lawyers at Schechter McElwee Shaffer and Harris represent injured longshoremen, dockworkers, shipyard workers, shipbuilding workers, crane operators and other maritime workers who are covered under the LHWCA.

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Brain Biomarker Test Will Quicken Diagnosis of Injuries in Workers, Accident Victims

Maritime lawyers applaud Banyan Biomarkers Inc. for their research into serious head injury, specifically to determine if brain injury in animals leads to the development of biomarkers in the blood. The aim is to develop a test for a brain injury, by determining the presence of a biomarker in the blood.

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Two Persons Missing in Barge-Tourist Boat Accident in Philadelphia

Ride the Ducks’ “Duck Boat” tourist excursion turned deadly this week as one of their Pennsylvania amphibious vessels was struck and sunken by a K-Sea Transportation barge hauling sludge in the Delaware River. Maritime Lawyer Matthew Shaffer speaks out about tourist vessel safety and what injured parties can do to recover for their losses in the duck boat accident.

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BP Texas Refinery Had Toxic Release Just Before Deepwater Horizon Gulf Blowout

Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, BP’s huge Texas City, Texas refinery is said to have spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the air. The toxic chemical release from the BP facility allegedly began April 6 and lasted 40 days.

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BP Oil Spill Reaches Texas Coastline

It’s official. Oil from the BP oil spill has reached the Texas coastline. Gallons of tar balls were found on the Bolivar Peninsula and a Galveston beach over the Fourth of July holiday.

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One Person Killed in New York Harbor Boating Accident

Boating under the influence kills one in New York Harbor over the holiday weekend.

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New Cruise Ship Safety Bill Empower Passengers

The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, a new bill to keep cruise ship passengers safer and enhance their powers to report crimes is on Obama’s desk, pending his signature. The bill was passed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The bill contains a number of provisions that maritime attorneys and cruise crime victims associations have been calling for over the past few years.

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Tropical Storm Alex Foils Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts

Tropical Storm Alex will have an impact on Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup efforts. The real question is how much of the Gulf Coast will be impacted and what this impact will do to the already-present oil.

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For Fishermen Wives, BP Oil Spill Brings Back Nightmares of Katrina

Just as with Hurricane Katrina, the stress and anxiety created by the BP Oil Spill has Louisiana residents, especially fishermen, in a deep state of suffering already and we’ve only just begun.

Posted in Fishing

Sulpicio Lines Loses Appeal from Massive Ferry Disaster

Sulpicio Lines lost its appeal related to charges stemming from the 2008 Princess of the Stars ferry disaster. The ferry accident killed over 800 people after capsizing.

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Texas Shipbuilding Company Cited for Safety Hazards

Channelview-based Sneed Shipbuildingcited by OSHA for several violations including structural deficiencies on crawler cranes, dangerous electrical hazards strewn around the workplace, damaged junction boxes left open, and workers were using damaged welding leads.

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Brain Biomarker Test Will Quicken Diagnosis of Injuries in Workers, Accident Victims

Maritime lawyers applaud Banyan Biomarkers Inc. for their research into serious head injury, specifically to determine if brain injury in animals leads to the development of biomarkers in the blood. The aim is to develop a test for a brain injury, by determining the presence of a biomarker in the blood.

Posted in General, News

Two Persons Missing in Barge-Tourist Boat Accident in Philadelphia

Ride the Ducks’ “Duck Boat” tourist excursion turned deadly this week as one of their Pennsylvania amphibious vessels was struck and sunken by a K-Sea Transportation barge hauling sludge in the Delaware River. Maritime Lawyer Matthew Shaffer speaks out about tourist vessel safety and what injured parties can do to recover for their losses in the duck boat accident.

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BP Texas Refinery Had Toxic Release Just Before Deepwater Horizon Gulf Blowout

Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, BP’s huge Texas City, Texas refinery is said to have spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the air. The toxic chemical release from the BP facility allegedly began April 6 and lasted 40 days.

Posted in Explosion

BP Oil Spill Reaches Texas Coastline

It’s official. Oil from the BP oil spill has reached the Texas coastline. Gallons of tar balls were found on the Bolivar Peninsula and a Galveston beach over the Fourth of July holiday.

Posted in Explosion, News

One Person Killed in New York Harbor Boating Accident

Boating under the influence kills one in New York Harbor over the holiday weekend.

Posted in News

New Cruise Ship Safety Bill Empower Passengers

The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, a new bill to keep cruise ship passengers safer and enhance their powers to report crimes is on Obama’s desk, pending his signature. The bill was passed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The bill contains a number of provisions that maritime attorneys and cruise crime victims associations have been calling for over the past few years.

Posted in General, News

Tropical Storm Alex Foils Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts

Tropical Storm Alex will have an impact on Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup efforts. The real question is how much of the Gulf Coast will be impacted and what this impact will do to the already-present oil.

Posted in Explosion, News

For Fishermen Wives, BP Oil Spill Brings Back Nightmares of Katrina

Just as with Hurricane Katrina, the stress and anxiety created by the BP Oil Spill has Louisiana residents, especially fishermen, in a deep state of suffering already and we’ve only just begun.

Posted in Fishing

Sulpicio Lines Loses Appeal from Massive Ferry Disaster

Sulpicio Lines lost its appeal related to charges stemming from the 2008 Princess of the Stars ferry disaster. The ferry accident killed over 800 people after capsizing.

Posted in News

Texas Shipbuilding Company Cited for Safety Hazards

Channelview-based Sneed Shipbuildingcited by OSHA for several violations including structural deficiencies on crawler cranes, dangerous electrical hazards strewn around the workplace, damaged junction boxes left open, and workers were using damaged welding leads.

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We are maritime injury attorneys that have recovered millions for our injured clients. We have always been a strong advocate for maritime personal injury victims and the families of those who are killed while working in service of a vessel or under the Jones Act law. Our concern is for the safety of those involved and helping their families find out the whereabouts and conditions of their loved ones.

These are some of the diverse groups of injured workers we have represented:

  • Jones Act seamen
  • Workers on oil rigs, offshore platforms and jack-up rigs
  • Crews and workers on barges, supply boats, tankers, freighters and other vessels

The list is by no means comprehensive. If you are unsure whether you qualify as a Jones Act seamen or whether you might be covered by other maritime regulations, it’s vital that you contact our maritime lawyers today to learn about your rights.

We have represented workers and their families in the following disasters:

  • Deepwater Horizon Disaster
  • M/V Jillian Morrison Explosion
  • Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. Barge B No. 125 Explosion
  • British Petroleum Texas City Refinery Explosion
  • Phillips 66 Refinery Explosion

The team of Jones Act attorneys and maritime lawyers at SMSH have over 100 years of combined trial experience. Contact our Jones Act lawyers today for a free, confidential case evaluation.

Why Hire the Worldwide Jones Act, Offshore & Maritime Injury Lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris?

The Jones Act and maritime injury lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris have spent more than five decades representing seamen, longshoremen and other maritime workers, and recovered millions of dollars for our clients. SMSH has always been a strong advocate for maritime personal injury victims and the families of those who are killed while working in service of a vessel. Our concern is for the safety of those involved and helping their families find out the whereabouts and conditions of their loved ones, as well as recovering the compensation they are entitled to for injuries, medical bills and other damages.

Here are some of the reasons why thousands of injured maritime workers have chosen Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris to represent their interests:

  • We have recovered over $620 million dollars for offshore and maritime workers, including recovery of $17.5 million in the largest Jones Act settlement ever paid by the United States government.
  • Each of our Jones Act attorneys and maritime injury lawyers has more than 25 years of experience, with total of more than 100 years of trial experience for the team.
  • Our maritime injury lawyers have represented clients in some of the nation’s worst maritime and refinery disasters, including: the Deepwater Horizon explosion; the M/V Jillian Morrison explosion; the Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. Barge B No. 125 explosion; the British Petroleum Texas City Refinery explosion; and the Phillips 66 Refinery explosion.
  • As dedicated maritime injury and Jones Act attorneys, we understand the financial difficulties that families often face when a loved one is injured and unable to work. Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris offers interest free loans to assist our clients with day-to-day living expenses while waiting for the conclusion of their case.
  • Our attorneys provide assistance to maritime, offshore and port workers across the United States.
  • We have board certified Personal Injury Trial lawyers.
 

The Maritime Attorney Difference

Maritime and offshore accidents fall under a different set of laws than other personal injury or workers’ compensation claims. There are specific maritime laws that govern claims, including the Jones Act, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and general maritime laws. To receive the full protections these laws offer, it’s crucial to have an attorney who understands the complexities of each. If you’ve been injured while working on a vessel, offshore or in one of the nation’s many ports, contact the Jones Act attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris today for a free consultation.
Our experienced offshore injury lawyers have handled cases throughout the Gulf of Mexico coastal region of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and represented clients from all 50 states of the United States. We have years of experience representing the crew working on inland waters such as the Mississippi River, Ohio River, Kentucky River, the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and many more. We have also handled cases worldwide in countries as far away as the Ukraine and Israel. We routinely represent clients from the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. We have also made claims for clients from Columbia, Venezuela, Bangladesh, The Philippines, Romania, Croatia, England, Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands, Russia, China, Mexico, and Brazil.

Time is of the Essence

If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as the result of an offshore accident, please speak to a qualified maritime lawyer before talking to your employer or any insurance company or adjuster. If you work on a vessel, boat, barge, tanker, fishing boat, an offshore drilling rig or platform, or any other kind of ship, you may qualify for Jones Act compensation. Working in, on, or near water means you need the specially-trained legal assistance of the Board Certified maritime lawyers of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.

A few small tidbits of advice for the injured offshore worker:

  1. Fill out an accident report or incident paperwork as soon as possible after your injury.
  2. If your employer gives you any paperwork to sign, have it reviewed by a competent maritime lawyer so you don’t waive your rights to more money.
  3. Do not give a recorded statement to anyone without first seeking legal counsel.
  4. Do not accept the word of a company doctor as to the extent of your injuries, seek out your own doctor for a second-opinion.
We are Worldwide Jones Act attorneys and Maritime lawyers with over 100 years combined experience in Maritime Personal Injury Cases and we have handled thousands of cases. Your initial consultation for your maritime accident case is FREE. You pay us nothing unless we win your case and get you money. Call a maritime lawyer NOW at 1-800-836-5830 or e-mail us at info@smslegal.com.

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