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The maritime lawyers of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP have been handling oil rig explosion cases in the Gulf of Mexico and vessel explosion and fire cases around the world for over 45 years.  We have obtained multi-million dollar settlements for our clients and their families where an offshore worker was injured or killed due to a maritime blast.

Currently, at least 11 people are missing and seven were critically injured after an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   The explosion happened around 10:00 p.m. yesterday evening on an offshore oil rig named the Deepwater Horizon located about 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana.  The Coast Guard believes that at the time the rig exploded, 126 crewmembers were on board the rig.  Several people were hospitalized and many crewmembers remain unaccounted for at this time.

The names and hometowns of injured persons are being withheld until family members can be notified.

SMSH has handled similar cases in the last few years.  We represented a young man who fell into the water off of a vessel and nearly drowned in March 2008.  He was not timely discovered in the water and this led to him going into a persistent vegetative state. We settled his case confidentially for close to $18 million less than one year after he was hurt.  This recovery is believed to be one of the largest, if not THE largest single-event Jones Act recoveries in history.  We have the marine experts for medical conditions like his at the ready for workers who were hurt in the same way.  We also have marine liability experts who have testified in thousands of trials who can help make your case against the employer more sound.

We have also handled cases where the explosions were so loud that it caused local authorities to assume it was a terrorist attack.  We represented the family of Ford Ebanks in their death case against Bouchard Transportation Company.  He was killed while working as a tankerman on their barge when it exploded.  The explosion was so severe that it caused hot metal to rain down miles and miles away from the accident scene.  We obtained $4 million for his wife, children and family.

Our maritime attorneys served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for a recent Louisiana case in which leaking gas caused the vessel JILLIAN MORRISON to explode in March of 2008 in the Gulf of Mexico.  We alleged that the dangerous and unseaworthy conditions of the vessel and the companies involved failing to take reasonable steps to insure the crew’s safety led to this tragic blast where many died and even more were severely injured.  We obtained confidential seven-figure settlements for our clients in this case against multiple defendants.

An experienced maritime lawyer can tell you whether or not your oil rig explosion case will deal with a law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act which will significantly limit your Statute of Limitation or the time within which you have to file your lawsuit.  The type of maritime lawyer you want to hire will assist you with finding the best medical care, help you with living expenses when legally allowed, fly out to visit you in the hospital or at your home if you are injured, and speak to you outside of regular business hours to discuss the immediate and important needs you may have related to the traumatic injuries you sustained in the blast.

The maritime lawyers of SMSH are no strangers to rig explosion cases.  We have represented numerous clients in cases against Transocean and in cases where the vessel, rig or platform they were working on caught fire and/or exploded.  We suspect that many of the crewmembers assosciated with this incident will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, exposure injuries, burn injuries, orthopedic injuries from the force of the blast and impact with the water, and even death. We have the marine liability experts you need to establish your case, we have access to the mental health professionals you will need to help you deal with the stress of this incident, we have the staff and financial resources to work up your case in the best way possible.  Do not delay in getting help or advice.  We take pride in our over 45 years of representation of the hard working men and women who work offshore in sometimes dangerous settings. Contact your Transocean attorney today.

For immediate legal assistance with your Gulf of Mexico Oil Rig Explosion case, please e-mail info@smslegal.com or call us at 1-800-836-5830.

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The maritime lawyers of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP have been handling oil rig explosion cases in the Gulf of Mexico and vessel explosion and fire cases around the world for over 45 years.  We have obtained multi-million dollar settlements for our clients and their families where an offshore worker was injured or killed due to a maritime blast.

Currently, at least 11 people are missing and seven were critically injured after an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   The explosion happened around 10:00 p.m. yesterday evening on an offshore oil rig named the Deepwater Horizon located about 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana.  The Coast Guard believes that at the time the rig exploded, 126 crewmembers were on board the rig.  Several people were hospitalized and many crewmembers remain unaccounted for at this time.

The names and hometowns of injured persons are being withheld until family members can be notified.

SMSH has handled similar cases in the last few years.  We represented a young man who fell into the water off of a vessel and nearly drowned in March 2008.  He was not timely discovered in the water and this led to him going into a persistent vegetative state. We settled his case confidentially for close to $18 million less than one year after he was hurt.  This recovery is believed to be one of the largest, if not THE largest single-event Jones Act recoveries in history.  We have the marine experts for medical conditions like his at the ready for workers who were hurt in the same way.  We also have marine liability experts who have testified in thousands of trials who can help make your case against the employer more sound.

We have also handled cases where the explosions were so loud that it caused local authorities to assume it was a terrorist attack.  We represented the family of Ford Ebanks in their death case against Bouchard Transportation Company.  He was killed while working as a tankerman on their barge when it exploded.  The explosion was so severe that it caused hot metal to rain down miles and miles away from the accident scene.  We obtained $4 million for his wife, children and family.

Our maritime attorneys served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for a recent Louisiana case in which leaking gas caused the vessel JILLIAN MORRISON to explode in March of 2008 in the Gulf of Mexico.  We alleged that the dangerous and unseaworthy conditions of the vessel and the companies involved failing to take reasonable steps to insure the crew’s safety led to this tragic blast where many died and even more were severely injured.  We obtained confidential seven-figure settlements for our clients in this case against multiple defendants.

An experienced maritime lawyer can tell you whether or not your oil rig explosion case will deal with a law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act which will significantly limit your Statute of Limitation or the time within which you have to file your lawsuit.  The type of maritime lawyer you want to hire will assist you with finding the best medical care, help you with living expenses when legally allowed, fly out to visit you in the hospital or at your home if you are injured, and speak to you outside of regular business hours to discuss the immediate and important needs you may have related to the traumatic injuries you sustained in the blast.

The maritime lawyers of SMSH are no strangers to rig explosion cases.  We have represented numerous clients in cases against Transocean and in cases where the vessel, rig or platform they were working on caught fire and/or exploded.  We suspect that many of the crewmembers assosciated with this incident will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, exposure injuries, burn injuries, orthopedic injuries from the force of the blast and impact with the water, and even death. We have the marine liability experts you need to establish your case, we have access to the mental health professionals you will need to help you deal with the stress of this incident, we have the staff and financial resources to work up your case in the best way possible.  Do not delay in getting help or advice.  We take pride in our over 45 years of representation of the hard working men and women who work offshore in sometimes dangerous settings. Contact your Transocean attorney today.

For immediate legal assistance with your Gulf of Mexico Oil Rig Explosion case, please e-mail info@smslegal.com or call us at 1-800-836-5830.

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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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