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$17.5 Million in Jones Act Deckhand Case

In March 2008, our client was employed as a deckhand in a shipyard.  He suffered a head injury resulting in severe brain damage.

Client Received Total – $13,148,914 for a special needs trust, annuity purchase, trust for his minor child, and cash to his family

$2.5 Million Recovered in Jones Act Case

While on stern of tug attempting to hook up a barge, the “L” line became tight, broke, hit our client, cut his leg off and broke his other leg.  The Captain had positioned the boat too far down the side of the barge.

Client Received Total – $1,484,862.20

$1.6 Million Recovered for Offshore Workers

On April 20, 2007, while working as blasters, painting an offshore rig on a platform, our two clients injured their backs when staging they were working on collapsed due to breakage of frayed line.  They also sustained severe lacerations due to a defective water blasting gun supplied by Defendants.

Clients Received Total – $933,097.85

$1.1 Million Recovered for Worker Injured on Dock

In September 2005, our client was injured on a chemical dock when he was ordered to paint a tank utilizing a faulty ladder without fall protection and/or scaffolding.  He fell 30-40 feet and hurt his back and legs.

Client Received Total – $641,267.95

$1 Million Recovered for Dive Boat Cook

Our client was a cook aboard a dive boat that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in March of 2008.  He suffered hearing loss in both ears and PTSD.

Client Received Total – $638,543.69

$950K Recovered for Worker Injured in Crane Accident

Our client was injured on October 10, 2006 while working as an electrician “QEE.”  Vessel personnel had been repeatedly ordered to work under a working crane and/or when a crane was working an adjacent hatch, resulting in injuries or near-miss situations.  Defendant failed to provide a safe place to work, failed to provide proper communication between the vessel and shore based workers, and failed to provide proper spotters on the deck.  Our client injured his right knee in a crane accident.

Client Total Received – $586,208.47 + $50,000 Set Aside for Surgery

$564K Recovered for Tankerman

In October 2006, while working as a tankerman, the vessel our client was working on was tied up to a ship with the barge unloading.  Our client was instructed by his captain during very rough weather to unface the boat so that it could be moved along side of the barge.  While performing this task, our client was thrown over the bullworks and onto the cavel on the barge.

Client Received Total – $365,428.10

$525K Recovered for Offshore Worker

In October 2006, while working in the Gulf of Mexico on a pipeline, our client was dispatched to a platform during high seas.  The crew boat transfer back onto the main vessel was too rough, the sky too dark, and the crew basket twisted so violently that our client was injured and a fellow crewmember was thrown overboard and killed.

Client Received Total – $293,306.97

$500K Recovered for Deckhand

Our client was injured in March 2008 while employed as a deckhand aboard a vessel.  His employer failed to provide non-skid on parts of the deck, causing him to fall and injure his neck and back.

Client Received Total – $280,756.52

$435K Recovered for Injured Captain

Our client was injured July 2008 while working as a captain aboard a fishing vessel while it was docked at a shipyard pier.  He sustained injuries when he stepped on a ladder which was not properly secured, causing him to fall and injure his back.

Client Received Total – $264,074.81

$397K Recovered for Oiler

In April 2006, our client was working as an oiler on a vessel and was ordered to put a door back up. One end of the door was not hooked up correctly.  The ship moved and the door fell on our client.  This falling door caused a ruptured disk, pinched nerve, and radicular pain, and reactivated a previous neck injury.

Client Received Total – $207,205.84

$374K Recovered for Rig Cook

Our client was injured in October 2007, while employed as a cook aboard a jack-up rig.  He was hurt while being transported to the rig.  He was dropped on the deck of the rig by personnel basket.  After exiting the basket, he had to walk across a deck cluttered with men exiting the rig.  The deck had luggage and materials strewn across it by both the arriving and departing crew.  He tripped trying to get into crew quarters, injuring his back.

Client Received Total – $169,254.95

Over $350K Recovered for Deckhand

Our client injured his back in April 2008 while employed as a deckhand aboard a barge.  He was carrying a hose full of oil several feet to the containment area to drain, when the hose snapped back and he sustained an injury to his lower back.

Client Received Total – $202,975

$300K Recovered For A/B Seaman

While working as an able bodied seaman, our client was ordered to untangle/retrieve a mooring line in rough seas, causing him to be thrown down and washed into pipes by the mooring line.  As a result of the incident, he injured his back, hip, shoulders and arms.

Client Received Total – $183,050.55

$300K Recovered for River Tug Tankerman

Our client was a tankerman aboard a river tug that was struck from behind by another vessel in the Gulf of Mexico in March 2008.  His injuries were the result of the collision.  He hurt his back but was not operated on.

Client Received Total – $167,306.52

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$17.5 Million in Jones Act Deckhand Case

In March 2008, our client was employed as a deckhand in a shipyard.  He suffered a head injury resulting in severe brain damage.

Client Received Total – $13,148,914 for a special needs trust, annuity purchase, trust for his minor child, and cash to his family

$2.5 Million Recovered in Jones Act Case

While on stern of tug attempting to hook up a barge, the “L” line became tight, broke, hit our client, cut his leg off and broke his other leg.  The Captain had positioned the boat too far down the side of the barge.

Client Received Total – $1,484,862.20

$1.6 Million Recovered for Offshore Workers

On April 20, 2007, while working as blasters, painting an offshore rig on a platform, our two clients injured their backs when staging they were working on collapsed due to breakage of frayed line.  They also sustained severe lacerations due to a defective water blasting gun supplied by Defendants.

Clients Received Total – $933,097.85

$1.1 Million Recovered for Worker Injured on Dock

In September 2005, our client was injured on a chemical dock when he was ordered to paint a tank utilizing a faulty ladder without fall protection and/or scaffolding.  He fell 30-40 feet and hurt his back and legs.

Client Received Total – $641,267.95

$1 Million Recovered for Dive Boat Cook

Our client was a cook aboard a dive boat that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in March of 2008.  He suffered hearing loss in both ears and PTSD.

Client Received Total – $638,543.69

$950K Recovered for Worker Injured in Crane Accident

Our client was injured on October 10, 2006 while working as an electrician “QEE.”  Vessel personnel had been repeatedly ordered to work under a working crane and/or when a crane was working an adjacent hatch, resulting in injuries or near-miss situations.  Defendant failed to provide a safe place to work, failed to provide proper communication between the vessel and shore based workers, and failed to provide proper spotters on the deck.  Our client injured his right knee in a crane accident.

Client Total Received – $586,208.47 + $50,000 Set Aside for Surgery

$564K Recovered for Tankerman

In October 2006, while working as a tankerman, the vessel our client was working on was tied up to a ship with the barge unloading.  Our client was instructed by his captain during very rough weather to unface the boat so that it could be moved along side of the barge.  While performing this task, our client was thrown over the bullworks and onto the cavel on the barge.

Client Received Total – $365,428.10

$525K Recovered for Offshore Worker

In October 2006, while working in the Gulf of Mexico on a pipeline, our client was dispatched to a platform during high seas.  The crew boat transfer back onto the main vessel was too rough, the sky too dark, and the crew basket twisted so violently that our client was injured and a fellow crewmember was thrown overboard and killed.

Client Received Total – $293,306.97

$500K Recovered for Deckhand

Our client was injured in March 2008 while employed as a deckhand aboard a vessel.  His employer failed to provide non-skid on parts of the deck, causing him to fall and injure his neck and back.

Client Received Total – $280,756.52

$435K Recovered for Injured Captain

Our client was injured July 2008 while working as a captain aboard a fishing vessel while it was docked at a shipyard pier.  He sustained injuries when he stepped on a ladder which was not properly secured, causing him to fall and injure his back.

Client Received Total – $264,074.81

$397K Recovered for Oiler

In April 2006, our client was working as an oiler on a vessel and was ordered to put a door back up. One end of the door was not hooked up correctly.  The ship moved and the door fell on our client.  This falling door caused a ruptured disk, pinched nerve, and radicular pain, and reactivated a previous neck injury.

Client Received Total – $207,205.84

$374K Recovered for Rig Cook

Our client was injured in October 2007, while employed as a cook aboard a jack-up rig.  He was hurt while being transported to the rig.  He was dropped on the deck of the rig by personnel basket.  After exiting the basket, he had to walk across a deck cluttered with men exiting the rig.  The deck had luggage and materials strewn across it by both the arriving and departing crew.  He tripped trying to get into crew quarters, injuring his back.

Client Received Total – $169,254.95

Over $350K Recovered for Deckhand

Our client injured his back in April 2008 while employed as a deckhand aboard a barge.  He was carrying a hose full of oil several feet to the containment area to drain, when the hose snapped back and he sustained an injury to his lower back.

Client Received Total – $202,975

$300K Recovered For A/B Seaman

While working as an able bodied seaman, our client was ordered to untangle/retrieve a mooring line in rough seas, causing him to be thrown down and washed into pipes by the mooring line.  As a result of the incident, he injured his back, hip, shoulders and arms.

Client Received Total – $183,050.55

$300K Recovered for River Tug Tankerman

Our client was a tankerman aboard a river tug that was struck from behind by another vessel in the Gulf of Mexico in March 2008.  His injuries were the result of the collision.  He hurt his back but was not operated on.

Client Received Total – $167,306.52

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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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Recent Successful Cases

$17.5 Million in Jones Act Deckhand Case

 

In March 2008, our client was employed as a deckhand in a shipyard. He suffered a head injury.

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$2.5 Million Recovered in Jones Act Case

 

While on stern of tug attempting to hook up a barge, the “L” line became tight, broke, hit our client,

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$1.6 Million Recovered for Offshore Workers

 

On April 20, 2007, while working as blasters, painting an offshore rig on a platform, our two clients injured

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