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The maritime industry is hugely important to the City and County of Honolulu, as well as the state of Hawaii as a whole. Honolulu Harbor alone processes over ten million tons in cargo every year. In an ideal world, maritime personnel would be able to perform their duties without fear for their physical safety—but in reality, they just don’t have that luxury. The tragic fact is that offshore and maritime personnel occasionally do become severely injured while on the job.

For employees in this vital but undeniably hazardous field, it’s essential to have ready access to legal representation with substantial experience and a dedicated focus on maritime law. At Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., our team of maritime personal injury lawyers is available to provide the attentive legal assistance you need to prevail with your Jones Act claim or other personal injury matter.

Common Injuries from Maritime and Offshore Accidents

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that the maritime sector is a dangerous one, but most people aren’t aware of the full range of threats that employees in this industry must face on a routine basis. What follows is only a partial list of commonly occurring injuries and illnesses that afflict maritime workers:

•    Spinal cord damage

•    Skin burns

•    Back injuries

•    Lung disorders

•    Broken bones

•    Brain injuries

•    Hypothermia

•    Amputation

•    Compartment Syndrome

If you have been hurt while performing your duties, our maritime injury attorneys will fight to help you get appropriate compensation.

Maintenance and Cure: The Basics

In general, injured seamen qualify for an elementary type of financial compensation called maintenance and cure. This actually consists of two distinct types of compensation:

•    Maintenance – Modest weekly payments that provide basic living expenses during the period of recovery

•    Cure – Compensation for medical bills and expenses

If you have been injured through the fault of your coworkers or employer, then you may be entitled to further compensation as well.

Other Kinds of Personal Injury Compensation

As one of the leading maritime law firms with a presence in Honolulu, HI, we deal with many kinds of personal injury cases that arise in this industry. Our maritime accident and admiralty lawyers have years of experience with the following:

•    Oil rig explosions
•    LHWCA
•    DOHSA
•    Public Vessels Act
•    Military sealift command
•    OCSLA
•    Maritime piracy

Contact a Honolulu Maritime Lawyer Today

When you need a maritime personal injury / Jones Act attorney in Honolulu, you should reach out to Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. Call us at 1-800-836-5830 and ask for a free case consultation.

 

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The maritime industry is hugely important to the City and County of Honolulu, as well as the state of Hawaii as a whole. Honolulu Harbor alone processes over ten million tons in cargo every year. In an ideal world, maritime personnel would be able to perform their duties without fear for their physical safety—but in reality, they just don’t have that luxury. The tragic fact is that offshore and maritime personnel occasionally do become severely injured while on the job.

For employees in this vital but undeniably hazardous field, it’s essential to have ready access to legal representation with substantial experience and a dedicated focus on maritime law. At Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., our team of maritime personal injury lawyers is available to provide the attentive legal assistance you need to prevail with your Jones Act claim or other personal injury matter.

Common Injuries from Maritime and Offshore Accidents

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that the maritime sector is a dangerous one, but most people aren’t aware of the full range of threats that employees in this industry must face on a routine basis. What follows is only a partial list of commonly occurring injuries and illnesses that afflict maritime workers:

•    Spinal cord damage

•    Skin burns

•    Back injuries

•    Lung disorders

•    Broken bones

•    Brain injuries

•    Hypothermia

•    Amputation

•    Compartment Syndrome

If you have been hurt while performing your duties, our maritime injury attorneys will fight to help you get appropriate compensation.

Maintenance and Cure: The Basics

In general, injured seamen qualify for an elementary type of financial compensation called maintenance and cure. This actually consists of two distinct types of compensation:

•    Maintenance – Modest weekly payments that provide basic living expenses during the period of recovery

•    Cure – Compensation for medical bills and expenses

If you have been injured through the fault of your coworkers or employer, then you may be entitled to further compensation as well.

Other Kinds of Personal Injury Compensation

As one of the leading maritime law firms with a presence in Honolulu, HI, we deal with many kinds of personal injury cases that arise in this industry. Our maritime accident and admiralty lawyers have years of experience with the following:

•    Oil rig explosions
•    LHWCA
•    DOHSA
•    Public Vessels Act
•    Military sealift command
•    OCSLA
•    Maritime piracy

Contact a Honolulu Maritime Lawyer Today

When you need a maritime personal injury / Jones Act attorney in Honolulu, you should reach out to Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. Call us at 1-800-836-5830 and ask for a free case consultation.

 

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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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$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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