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Jones Act/Maritime Lawyer in Houston

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For over thirty years, injured maritime workers from around the world along with the families of those who have been killed at sea have trusted Houston maritime lawyer, Richard Schechter, to handle virtually every type of lawsuit arising out of events occurring both on vessels and in the offshore industry.

These maritime law cases involve injuries, damages, and deaths that occur on all types of structures, including ocean-going freighters and tankers, tugs of all shapes and sizes, offshore crew boats, drill barges and lift boats, jack-up and semi-submersible drilling rigs, and fixed platforms located on the outer continental shelf.

Litigation and Jones Act lawsuit settlements involve a complex interaction between federal and state statutes and common-law rules. The Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. has been involved in essentially all aspects of maritime personal injury and wrongful death cases, which range from vessel collisions and the collapse of drilling rigs to injuries sustained in the routine course of business, such as pulling lines and maintaining the engine room and vessel’s equipment. Contact Richard Schechter today for a free consultation regarding your maritime or Jones Act law claims.

What Is The Jones Act Law?

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The Jones Act is a federal statute that partially governs the legal rights of seamen who are injured in the course of their employment. It applies to men and women who work on all types of vessels, including certain drilling rigs, as long as they are injured in the service of the vessel. This is a very specialized area of law with its own unique set of regulations, including special federal rules that may apply in federal court. In addition to representing seamen from Texas, Richard Schechter has represented clients across the United States and around the globe.

Maritime cases involve more than injuries to seamen. For example, longshoremen injured while loading and unloading cargo are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act and the maritime common law, as are ship repairers.

Oilfield workers injured or killed on fixed and floating structures may also be covered by one of a variety of laws, depending upon the facts of the case. Further, passengers on any type of vessel, including military and cruise ships, have claims that fall under the general maritime law.

Get Legal Representation From an Experienced and Trusted Maritime Lawyer in Houston

Each of these cases demands a maritime attorney with knowledge and experience. Richard Schechter has that legal knowledge and experience. Not only has he handled Jones Act law and maritime law cases for over thirty-five years, but he has represented clients from all over the United States and around the world and has tried cases from Florida to Brownsville.

Richard has also served as a professor of maritime law at a local law school and testified before Congress on both the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers Act and proposed changes to those laws. He has the knowledge and experience to handle your case. The Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. is strategically located in one of the center’s of maritime activity in the United States..

For a free consultation, contact Houston offshore injury lawyer, Richard Schechter.

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