Texas Maritime Attorney – Protecting the Rights Crewmembers Injured in Texas
Working in the Texas maritime industry is a physically demanding and inherently dangerous profession. Maritime accidents can be traumatic and an injured worker might be off the job for months, years, and in some cases, forever. Medical expenses associated with the treatment and rehabilitation of a severe injury can easily run into the thousands of dollars, if not millions. The lost wages, hefty medical bills, and pain and suffering resulting from an accident can be overwhelming and leave victims and their family members unsure as where they can turn for help.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident involving an offshore drilling rig, ship, jackup rig, fishing boat, barge or other type of maritime vessel and need legal assistance, the Willis Law Firm is here to help. Based in Houston, Texas we are an experienced maritime injury law firm that has been helping injured workers and crewmembers throughout Texas and across the country for more than 30 years. We are a strong and compassionate team of professionals who are focused on making sure that our clients recover maximum financial compensation when a serious maritime accident occurs.
Accidents in the Houston Ship Channel
Connecting the Port of Houston to the Gulf of Mexico, the Houston Ship Channel is the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel. At 45 feet deep and 530 feet wide, the channel is large enough to accommodate some of the largest cargo vessels in the world. In addition to the Port of Houston, other facilities located along the shores of the Houston Ship Channel include:
- Bayport Container Terminal
- Asphalt and cement plants
- Cargo handling and warehouse facilities
- ExxonMobil’s Baytown Refinery
- Fuel and liquid storage facilities
- Numerous petrochemical facilities
- Recycling facilities
- Ship repair facilities
With the Port of Houston being one of the largest seaports in the world, the Houston Ship Channel sees an enormous amount of traffic from cargo ships, container ships, offshore drilling rigs, tugs, barges and other vessels. We regularly represent clients in the greater Houston area; and, if you are entitled to compensation for an accident in the Houston Ship Channel, we will fight to secure a maximum recovery as quickly as possible.
Texas Maritime Ports & Terminals
In addition to handling accidents along the entire Houston Ship Channel, we represent clients in maritime injury claims involving accidents offshore, in bays and rivers across Texas as well as the Intercoastal Canal or Waterway (ICW). There are shipping ports throughout Texas; and, if they aren’t located on the Gulf of Mexico, they are located on one of Texas’s rivers or other inland waterways. This includes, among many others:
- Colorado River
- Red River
- Rio Grande
- Sabine River
- San Antonio River
According to the Texas Ports Association, Texas ports are responsible for creating close to 1.4 million jobs and $82.8 billion in personal income. More than 560 million tons of cargo move through Texas ports which include the following:
- Port of Bay City Authority
- Port of Beaumont
- Port of Brownsville
- Calhoun Port Authority
- Cedar Bayou
- Port of Corpus Christi
- Port of Freeport
- Port of Galveston
- Port of Harlingen
- Port of Houston
- Port of Orange
- Port of Palacios
- Port Arthur
- Port Isabel
- Port Mansfield
- Port of Texas City
- Port of Victoria
- Port of West Calhoun
These ports support cargo ships, barges, tankers and other vessels transporting petroleum products, iron and steel, chemicals, wood and other products, with the Port of Houston and the Port of Beaumont both being ranked in the top four in the nation in terms of total tonnage. The 52-mile Houston Ship Channel is part of the Port of Houston and links the Port of Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. Major petrochemical refineries are located along the Houston Ship Channel and many maritime industry related activities take place on the channel such as cargo handling and storage, fuel bunkering, ship repair and recycling.
Protecting Yourself and Your Family After a Maritime Accident in Texas
As a maritime worker, following a maritime accident in a Texas river, port or bay, there are some important steps you need to take to protect your legal rights. For example, you should try to seek medical attention right away. However, it is important to be careful which doctor you choose – your employer may try to get you to see an “approved” physician, and if you do not seek independent medical advice, you may not get the treatment you need to make a full recovery as quickly as possible.
In addition to seeking medical attention, you should speak with an experienced maritime injury lawyer as soon as possible. The Jones Act and other maritime laws are complicated, so it is important to choose an attorney who has specific experience with your type of accident. At the Willis Law Firm, we have over 30 years of experience representing injured maritime workers in Texas and nationwide. We know what it takes to win, and we will fight aggressively to make sure you win the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Houston, Texas Office Today
At the Willis Law firm we are committed to providing injured crewmembers and their families with the top-notch legal representation they need to recover full and fair financial compensation. We know ins and outs of the Jones Act, the Longshore Harbor & Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) and the many other maritime laws that are designed to protect injured workers. We are well aware of how companies in the maritime industry operate and are prepared to take aggressive legal action when these companies fail to provide their employees with a safe working environment. If you have been injured in a maritime accident we are here to help. We also have attorneys who specifically handle barge and tugboat accidents, so your attorney will be properly suited for your needs. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation and confidential consultation. We can be reached by calling 1-800-468-4878.