Protecting The Rights And Interests Of Workers In The Maritime Industry
Whether you're a deckhand or a ship's captain, working in the maritime industry can be dangerous. Accidents can happen at any time, leaving you injured and out of work. As a maritime worker, you are entitled to coverage for medical bills and lost wages. Having an experienced Ventura maritime accident lawyer on your side can help ensure that you receive all of the benefits you're entitled to receive.
At Vititoe Law Group, we understand and appreciate the hard work you do and we will stand up for you when you have been injured in a work-related accident. Many insurance carriers will try to deny coverage or place limits on what kinds of treatment you can receive. Our attorneys know how to counter these tactics and will fight to obtain the care and compensation you need.
Legal Protection For Maritime Workers
All maritime workers are protected under the Jones Act. It is similar to workers' compensation, but is federal law and focused specifically on workers who are injured in service to a vessel in navigable waters. This includes times when the ship is at anchor or preparing for a future voyage. If you are working for a merchant marine company and you are injured while at sea or while in port, you may be eligible for coverage under the Jones Act instead of California state workers' compensation.
Workers the Jones Act covers include:
- Ship's crew
- Ship's cook
- Cruise ship workers, including entertainers
- Commercial fishermen
If you are not sure whether you are covered under the Jones Act, contact an attorney to learn about your rights.
We will work diligently to help you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to as a maritime worker. If the accident was caused by the negligence of a third party, you may have an additional claim and we will pursue all avenues of compensation for you.
Contact Our Boat Injury Lawyers To Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you have been hurt in a maritime accident, our attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call 818-851-1886 or contact us online. We have offices in Westlake Village, Los Angeles and Oxnard, and we offer home and hospital visits upon request.