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Our Maritime Lawyers

Admiralty and maritime laws are unique, so anyone whose case falls under these laws should hire a lawyer who specializes in this area.  There are not necessarily maritime lawyers in every city or even in every state.  Most experienced maritime lawyers will have their main offices near major seaports.

In addition to finding a lawyer who specializes in handling maritime cases, you will want your attorney to handle only cases for the plaintiff, or injured party.  Lawyers who represent injured people usually don’t also defend lawsuits in this area.  Check to see if your lawyer belongs to any trial lawyers groups like ATLA or is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.

You will want to hire a lawyer on an hourly or a “contingency fee” basis.  A contingent fee means your lawyer is only paid based a percentage of what you may collect, with no up-front fee and no hourly rate.  You will owe us nothing unless we are able to recover a settlement or judgment in your case.

Our Attorneys

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Matthew D. Shaffer
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Dennis McElwee
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Jonathan S. Harris
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Arthur L. Schechter
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A.J. Rosenfeld
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Cynthia Huerta

See Our Results

To see our case results, please click here. We have handled maritime injury cases for over 45 years and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.  In 2009, we recovered what is believed to be the largest single-incident maritime personal injury award of $17,570,000.00

Client Loans

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. loans money to our clients.  We charge no interest, and loans are repaid from your portion of settlement proceeds.  If we do not recover money on your behalf, you do not have to pay back your loansLoans are available to help clients survive financially during the pendency of their personal injury cases.  Our firm only lends money for this reason and not to better a client’s financial situation or for any matters unrelated to your litigation. We make every effort to help our clients financially if we are able to during their cases.

Please call us NOW at 1-800-836-5830 or e-mail us NOW at info@smslegal.com to speak with a maritime accident attorney about our available client loans.  We cannot promise any potential client a loan before they have signed a Power of Attorney and become our client.  Our firm does not offer money to entice injured people to become our clients.  We only make loans to clients after we determine the soundness of their claims.

We are not able to make client loans in states that prohibit attorneys from doing so, such as Florida, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and California.  Third-party case funding may be available in your state even if attorneys are prohibited from loaning you money directly.

Types of Cases

We specialize in and handle cases relating to the Jones Act, LHWCA, DOHSA, Public Vessels Act, Maintenance and Cure, General Maritime Law, Maritime Piracy, Suits in Admiralty, Military Sealift Command, Admiralty Extension Act, and OCSLA.  For more information on each case type, please click on the links.

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Our Maritime Lawyers

Admiralty and maritime laws are unique, so anyone whose case falls under these laws should hire a lawyer who specializes in this area.  There are not necessarily maritime lawyers in every city or even in every state.  Most experienced maritime lawyers will have their main offices near major seaports.

In addition to finding a lawyer who specializes in handling maritime cases, you will want your attorney to handle only cases for the plaintiff, or injured party.  Lawyers who represent injured people usually don’t also defend lawsuits in this area.  Check to see if your lawyer belongs to any trial lawyers groups like ATLA or is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.

You will want to hire a lawyer on an hourly or a “contingency fee” basis.  A contingent fee means your lawyer is only paid based a percentage of what you may collect, with no up-front fee and no hourly rate.  You will owe us nothing unless we are able to recover a settlement or judgment in your case.

Our Attorneys

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Matthew D. Shaffer
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Dennis McElwee
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Jonathan S. Harris
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Arthur L. Schechter
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A.J. Rosenfeld
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Cynthia Huerta

See Our Results

To see our case results, please click here. We have handled maritime injury cases for over 45 years and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.  In 2009, we recovered what is believed to be the largest single-incident maritime personal injury award of $17,570,000.00

Client Loans

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. loans money to our clients.  We charge no interest, and loans are repaid from your portion of settlement proceeds.  If we do not recover money on your behalf, you do not have to pay back your loansLoans are available to help clients survive financially during the pendency of their personal injury cases.  Our firm only lends money for this reason and not to better a client’s financial situation or for any matters unrelated to your litigation. We make every effort to help our clients financially if we are able to during their cases.

Please call us NOW at 1-800-836-5830 or e-mail us NOW at info@smslegal.com to speak with a maritime accident attorney about our available client loans.  We cannot promise any potential client a loan before they have signed a Power of Attorney and become our client.  Our firm does not offer money to entice injured people to become our clients.  We only make loans to clients after we determine the soundness of their claims.

We are not able to make client loans in states that prohibit attorneys from doing so, such as Florida, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and California.  Third-party case funding may be available in your state even if attorneys are prohibited from loaning you money directly.

Types of Cases

We specialize in and handle cases relating to the Jones Act, LHWCA, DOHSA, Public Vessels Act, Maintenance and Cure, General Maritime Law, Maritime Piracy, Suits in Admiralty, Military Sealift Command, Admiralty Extension Act, and OCSLA.  For more information on each case type, please click on the links.

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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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