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This privacy policy sets out how Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. uses and protects any information that you give Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. when you use this website.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. will make reasonable effort to protect your privacy.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from January 21, 2010.

SECURITY

Although we will take all reasonable security precautions regarding information stored on the Site, due to the open nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that any information stored on our servers, or transmitted to or from a user, will be free from unauthorized access, and we disclaim any liability for any theft or loss of, unauthorized access or damage to, or interception of any data or communications. By using the Site, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to assume these risks.

AGE REQUIREMENT

This Site is not intended for use by persons under the age of 18 years old. You must be 18 years old or older to provide any personal information to the Site, or to us through the Site.

DOMICILE REQUIREMENT

You represent and warrant that you are domiciled in the United States.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Site may request and collect certain personally identifiable information including, but not limited to personal information contained in user submissions, through various means such as online forms, online applications, e-mail and comments submitted to the Site.

For information you submit to us, we attempt to notify you which categories of information are required and which are optional. If you do not wish to provide us personal information that we request, then you should not provide such personal information – you are not required to do so. However, if you do not provide us with certain information that we require, then we may not be able to respond to your requests, process your applications, provide you complete services or otherwise carry out the business contemplated between you and Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.. If you have any concerns about the nature of the information we collect, you may contact us at the above address.

Otherthan as set forth in this Privacy Policy, and unless given permission by you to do so, we will not sell or disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties.

NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION

We may also collect certain non-personally identifiable information via the Site, such as such as IP addresses, domains, browser type and version, operating system, information about users from zip codes, or the average age of certain users, etc.

COOKIES

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

OTHER THIRD PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

To the extent permitted by law and regulations, we may share your personal identification information with the following categories of entities and/or under the following circumstances:

  • Third parties that perform information processing on our behalf, such as companies that manage our email systems, that conduct surveys for customer satisfaction, that help us send information regarding companies, products or services in which we believe you may be interested, or that provide analyses of use of our services or Sites.
  • Our corporate affiliates and other entities that operate websites for Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P..
  • In response to a request by law enforcement or other governmental personnel or court order or subpoena; in order to comply with a legal obligation; to protect the integrity of our company if we believe that a user has committed unlawful or otherwise harmful acts; or to protect our interests in connection with a legal proceeding.
  • If we obtained your information from public sources.
  • Third parties with whom we have advertising or promotional relationships.
  • In connection with any merger or consolidation with, or sale of substantially all of our assets to an affiliated entity or third party, provided that such party agrees to comply with our Policy or you are given a choice if such party would like to use such information in a manner materially different from that disclosed in our Policy.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. does not sell, rent or disclose your personal information to third parties for the third parties’ marketing purposes except as authorized by and as set forth in this Policy.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

PROMOTIONS

To preserve customer’s anonymity and to assure the quality of customer communications, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. provides customers with the opportunity to opt in or out of any further marketing promotions or receiving communications from us, or our partners.

YOUR CONSENT OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions from this policy at any time so visitors are encouraged to review this policy from time to time. Your continued use of our Site following the posting of changes to these terms means you accept these changes.

If at anytime you would like to sunsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of our emails.

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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. uses and protects any information that you give Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. when you use this website.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. will make reasonable effort to protect your privacy.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from January 21, 2010.

SECURITY

Although we will take all reasonable security precautions regarding information stored on the Site, due to the open nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that any information stored on our servers, or transmitted to or from a user, will be free from unauthorized access, and we disclaim any liability for any theft or loss of, unauthorized access or damage to, or interception of any data or communications. By using the Site, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to assume these risks.

AGE REQUIREMENT

This Site is not intended for use by persons under the age of 18 years old. You must be 18 years old or older to provide any personal information to the Site, or to us through the Site.

DOMICILE REQUIREMENT

You represent and warrant that you are domiciled in the United States.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Site may request and collect certain personally identifiable information including, but not limited to personal information contained in user submissions, through various means such as online forms, online applications, e-mail and comments submitted to the Site.

For information you submit to us, we attempt to notify you which categories of information are required and which are optional. If you do not wish to provide us personal information that we request, then you should not provide such personal information – you are not required to do so. However, if you do not provide us with certain information that we require, then we may not be able to respond to your requests, process your applications, provide you complete services or otherwise carry out the business contemplated between you and Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.. If you have any concerns about the nature of the information we collect, you may contact us at the above address.

Otherthan as set forth in this Privacy Policy, and unless given permission by you to do so, we will not sell or disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties.

NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION

We may also collect certain non-personally identifiable information via the Site, such as such as IP addresses, domains, browser type and version, operating system, information about users from zip codes, or the average age of certain users, etc.

COOKIES

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

OTHER THIRD PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

To the extent permitted by law and regulations, we may share your personal identification information with the following categories of entities and/or under the following circumstances:

  • Third parties that perform information processing on our behalf, such as companies that manage our email systems, that conduct surveys for customer satisfaction, that help us send information regarding companies, products or services in which we believe you may be interested, or that provide analyses of use of our services or Sites.
  • Our corporate affiliates and other entities that operate websites for Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P..
  • In response to a request by law enforcement or other governmental personnel or court order or subpoena; in order to comply with a legal obligation; to protect the integrity of our company if we believe that a user has committed unlawful or otherwise harmful acts; or to protect our interests in connection with a legal proceeding.
  • If we obtained your information from public sources.
  • Third parties with whom we have advertising or promotional relationships.
  • In connection with any merger or consolidation with, or sale of substantially all of our assets to an affiliated entity or third party, provided that such party agrees to comply with our Policy or you are given a choice if such party would like to use such information in a manner materially different from that disclosed in our Policy.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. does not sell, rent or disclose your personal information to third parties for the third parties’ marketing purposes except as authorized by and as set forth in this Policy.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

PROMOTIONS

To preserve customer’s anonymity and to assure the quality of customer communications, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. provides customers with the opportunity to opt in or out of any further marketing promotions or receiving communications from us, or our partners.

YOUR CONSENT OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions from this policy at any time so visitors are encouraged to review this policy from time to time. Your continued use of our Site following the posting of changes to these terms means you accept these changes.

If at anytime you would like to sunsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of our emails.

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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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