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Houston Maritime Accident Attorney

Offshore workers have specific laws that guarantees their rights, the Molina Law firm can help you.

The Houston Ship Channel is one of the largest ports in the United States.  In addition, the petrochemical industry is a huge part of the Houston landscape as well as off-shore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.  Maritime injuries are more prevalent in Houston than most parts of the U.S.  Admiralty law governs accidents that occur on navigable rivers, oceans and other waterways including harbors and docks.  If you have been injured in any of these areas due to negligence, you could have a case through the Jones Act, Longshoreman & Harbor Workers Compensation Act and others.  Before you settle your injury claim with your company, please consider contacting an experienced maritime personal injury lawyer to discuss your options.

The Molina Law Firm has been representing car accident victims for over 30 years helping them navigate the sometimes complex legal fight against the insurance carriers.  Remember that when you retain Attorney Rick Molina, you pay nothing up front and we only collect a percentage of the compensation you receive only when we have won your case.  Don’t go against the insurance carriers alone.  Attorney Rick Molina will aggressively represent you and fight on your behalf.  We have the knowledge, resources and experience to get you all the compensation for your loss, pain and suffering.

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We are here are ready to help.  If you have been involved in an accident with serious injuries, contact us for a free case evaluation.

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What to do after a maritime accident?

Accidents at sea or in docks or harbors almost always results in serious injuries so your health is the number one priority.  There are steps to be taken if you have been involved in a maritime accident.  We have detailed some of the steps here but accident scenes are usually chaotic and busy.  These steps are some of the more broad, important things that should be taken care of.

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Maritime Accident Statistics

According to the CDC, in 2006 there were over 67,000 workers in the U.S. water transportation industry.

  • From 2011-2017, there were 87 fatal injuries which is six times the rate of all U.S. workers.
  • Fatalities are mostly due to cardiovascular conditions, work accidents, drownings, suicides and workplace violence
  • There were approximately 11,000 non-fatal occupational injuries.
  • According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, there were 6 fatalities and 222 injuries in 2019 on offshore incidents.

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We are here are ready to help.  If you have been involved in an accident with serious injuries, contact us for a free case evaluation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act?

Sometimes it is not obvious if your occupation can be considered a seaman protected under the Jones Act.  Here are the three main items:

  • Have a substantial connection to a fleet or vessel considerable in duration or nature
  • Be employed on a vessel “in navigation” and
  • Contribute to the vessel’s function or mission

If you are not sure if you fall under these parameters, call or contact us.

How much can I get if I have been injured ?

Employees that meet the Jones Act seaman criteria can recover damages for current and future medical care, current and future lost wages, maintenance and cure, pain and suffering, and wrongful death.  It may be complicated and time consuming to navigate cases such as these.  An experienced maritime personal injury lawyer like Rick Molina can help you get the most compensation for your injuries.

Can I get fired for talking to an attorney?

Consultation with an attorney are confidential.  We will not contact your employer until such a time we both determine that there is a viable case and we need to pursue it.  Additionally, if you are told not to contact an attorney or encouraged not to, that should be a red flag to seek consultation.  We will protect your privacy and let you know if you have a case.  In the event that you do get dismissed from your job because you sought legal counsel, you would have claim with your employer and recover damages.

Talk to Attorney Rick Molina Today!

When you have been involved in a maritime accident, the damages may be significant and your injuries can be serious.  It is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you so that they can determine how much you have lost and get you compensated properly.  Attorney Rick Molina and the Molina Law Firm is here to help.  We will aggressively represent you by thoroughly investigating the case, gathering all pertinent information, determining present and future pain, suffering and loss then maximizing your compensation.

We work on a contingency basis so you pay us nothing up front and a percentage when we win your case.  We have helped hundreds of people over the past 30 years to get back on their feet after serious injuries and we can help you!

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