Nationwide Jones Act Injury Attorneys
Law Firm OverviewGordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. is a law firm based along the Texas Gulf Coast representing offshore workers in maritime accident and Maritime Jones Act injury cases.
Formed in 2000, the attorneys of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. have dozens of years combined legal experience and a proven reputation for successfully litigating on behalf of injured workers. We have a national focus and the resources to handle Maritime Jones Act cases for clients in all kinds of maritime professions.
Most every industry relies on the hard work of seamen and longshoremen. The work done across the oceans, in warm gulf waters, in icy floes of nearly arctic seas and along flowing river currents of interior America, supplies and supports our nation in countless ways.
On barges, tugboats, oil rigs and fishing vessels, the work is always hard and often dangerous. Our office is built around the mission of supporting the workers who support us. We help injured maritime employees throughout the country recover compensation under the Maritime Jones Act and other federal maritime law.
When we take your case, you will work directly with an experienced Maritime Jones Act and maritime law attorney who understands how to pursue your case and seek compensation for your injuries.
Whether you have been injured off the Texas Gulf Coast, in the heart of the Great Lakes or along either seaboard, let our Maritime Jones Act attorneys help you exercise your rights. Contact our office today to put experienced and effective representation in your corner that will fight for the compensation you need.
Year this Office was Established: 2000
Languages: English, Spanish, Navajo
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Long shore and Harbors Compensation Act; Maritime Worker Injury; Ship Owner Negligence; Offshore Injuries; Shoulder Injury; Knee Injury; Injury from Faulty Equipment; Crushing Injuries; Tugboat Injury; Joint Injury; Jack Up Barge Injury; Floater Platform Rig Injury; Fishing Vessel Injury; Supply Boat Injury; Crew Boat Injury; Dredge Injury; Barge Injury; Ferry Injury.
Areas of Law Description
Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. represents injured maritime workers and Jones Act cases:
- Jones Act
Maritime workers who are injured in the course and scope of their work aboard a floating vessel are protected under a federal law known as the Jones Act. Whether you are a deckhand or the captain of a vessel, this protection grants you legal recourse to recover compensation when you suffer accidental injury through the negligence of another. At the office of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., our maritime law attorneys have decades of experience working with clients who have suffered offshore injuries, or other injuries covered by the Jones Act and similar laws. We understand the hard work and difficult conditions seamen endure. When you have been injured in a work related accident, our attorneys go to work to protect your rights and recover the compensation you and your family need.
- Offshore and Marine Vessel Injuries
At the law office of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., we meet people every day who are proud of their work and their career. Our clients did not seek injury, and never wanted to be in a position where they are facing financial struggles and physical challenges. For a worker injured at sea, there can be a lot of questions about how an injury will affect your ability to do your job and provide for yourself and your family. Our team of admiralty and maritime law attorneys has decades of combined experience litigating on behalf of injured workers. Our lawyers are able to represent clients across the nation, including crab fishermen in the frozen waters of Alaska, tugboat workers in the rivers of Ohio, crew boat seamen along the Gulf Coast of Texas or Louisiana and workers on vessels throughout the Great Lakes.
- Ship Owner Negligence and Faulty Equipment
At Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., our lawyers have handled all types of injuries resulting from faulty equipment. When a piece of equipment breaks or is in some way a cause of the accident, the law calls that an unseaworthy condition. Specifically, the equipment is unseaworthy if it is not fit for its intended purpose. Not by way of limitation, but equipment that has been involved in some cases under are cranes, personnel baskets, transfer baskets, ladders, berths, bunks, crane, ropes, taglines, lines, radars, radios, valves, cables, decks, EPIRBs, winches, pulleys, ratchets, vests, gunnels, transoms, rigging, drilling fluids, pipes, lights, flashlights, hatches, anchors, hulls and list goes on and on.
- Tugboat Injury
Tugboats may be small but that doesn't mean that the potential for injuries or accidents are any less. When accidents happen, choose a Gordon and Elias accident lawyer as your tugboat injury attorney. The law office of Gordon and Elias have handled many kinds of boating accident cases. From smaller boating accidents to larger ones, we have represented clients all across the United States. You want a well versed tugboat injury lawyer to be working with you so that you can get the care and compensation you need. A tugboat attorney from our law office will work closely with our clients to ensure that their needs are being met.
- Jack Up Barge Injury
A jack up barge accident lawyer knows that working on a jack up barge is a potentially dangerous way to make a living. Maritime workers must labor in rough water conditions and dangerous weather. Jack up barge workers are at risk to being injured by the heavy machinery on board. Some of the large monohull jack-up barges can accommodate up to 80 men with room for a helicopter deck, as well as a crane, and other heavy equipment. Deck loads for jack-up barges vary from 200 tons up to 2750 tons depending upon the size of the barge. The maritime workers on Jack-up barges that are used for the energy markets of gas and oil must also contend with volatile, highly combustible compounds. Fires and explosions occur which can have catastrophic consequences.
- Floater Platform Rig Injury
As any experienced floater platform rig accident lawyer will tell you, maritime injuries entitle a worker to “maintenance and cure” compensation. The amount received from maintenance ( a daily stipend) and cure ( for medical expenses) tends to be a rather small amount for day to day bills when compared to workman’s compensation, especially considering that some injuries can lead to expensive medical and rehabilitation bills. A serious injury may be debilitating and/or permanent, and even worse fatal. Although a floater platform rig lawyer recognizes that maintenance and cure may not be enough, he knows that an injured maritime worker still has the opportunity to bring a lawsuit. Talk to an experienced floater platform rig attorney to understand what additional compensation you are entitled to, especially if the injury was the result of negligence.
- Fishing Vessel Injury
Seamen aboard fishing vessels are vulnerable to various types of injuries. An experienced Gordon and Elias fishing vessel attorney recognizes that seaman can suffer an accident which lead to injuries to their arms, back, neck, spine, feet, or knees. Sometimes multiple parts of the body are injured, while occasionally, the injuries are so severe that they result in the death of the person.
- Supply Boat Injury
As with any maritime trade, the crew on a supply boat face possible dangers whether it is from severe weather and rough seas (common for all seamen), or other risks inherently present while working with the heavy machinery on board. In addition, seamen aboard a supply boat face potential dangers posed by their employers and fellow crew members. Negligence on the part of the boat owner, captain and fellow crew members could result in dangerous conditions that may lead to serious injury or death.
- Crew Boat Injury
If you are injured while working on a crew boat, there are several options for compensation. Maintenance and Cure is a right that seamen have under general maritime law. It offers is a daily living amount that is paid to the injured employee along with their medical expenses. Crew boat owners might offer Workers’ Compensation instead. Workers’ Compensation is a statutory right with the amount determined by individual states. However, if negligence on the part of the crew boat owner, captain, or another crew member led to your injury then you should contact a crew boat accident lawyer who can explain to you the protections afforded by the Jones Act.
- Ferry Injury
If you are a maritime crew member who is injured while working on a ferry, consider consulting a ferry injury accident lawyer. Ferry injuries frequently occur due to accidents. On a ferry maritime crew members may be exposed to toxic paints, poorly maintained equipment can become hazardous, understaffed ferries result in all sorts of dangers. Precautions like wearing a life vest are not always be mandatory with crewmembers instead relying upon the Captain's request to don them.
- Dredge Injury
Sometimes an accident or injury occurs due to the negligence of others or the un-seaworthiness of a vessel. If negligence is involved, the maritime worker should seek a dredge injury attorney who can determine if the person is eligible for compensation under the Jones Act. Do not sign any waiver or settlement until you have consulted with a dredge injury lawyer. The Jones Act is a law that requires the vessel owner to properly compensate an injured crew member due to negligence.
- Barge Injury
Barges may be slow moving vessels, however that doesn't mean that accidents are less likely to occur. Your employer is responsible for ensuring that your workplace is as free from hazards as possible. Any barge injury lawyer from Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P, understands the many factors that can contribute to a barge accident. Many of the injuries and deaths resulting from proper procedure not followed, equipment not well maintained, or poor decisions made by supervisors could have been prevented. Offshore workers routinely suffer barge injuries caused by dangerous conditions due to negligence. Make sure you know your rights.
Mr. Todd Elias
Admiralty and Maritime, Aviation Accidents, Aviation Law, Back and Neck Injury, Birth Injury
Mr. Steve J. Gordon
Admiralty and Maritime, Boating Accident, Commercial Ship Accident, Jones Act, Personal Injury - Plaintiff
Mr. Jeff Seely
Admiralty and Maritime, Commercial Litigation, FELA Railroad Injuries, Jones Act, Medical Malpractice
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Articles Published by Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP
Maritime injuries and accidents can occur in a myriad of situations. Depending upon the location of injury and the nature of the situation, e.g., whether it was a commercial accident or a non-commercial situation, governs whether you need a maritime lawyer or just a regular personal injury lawyer. Clearly, injuries on a jet ski, or a party pontoon boat can be very injurious, but they do not require a maritime lawyer specialized in the legal principals of General Maritime Law and the Jones Act.Read Article
Maritime attorney, Steve Gordon, announces the launch of an online petition drive to help save jobs of U.S. mariners.Read Article
Significant Decision Impacting Seamen’s Right to Receive Punitive Damages for Employers’ Disregard of Maintenance and Cure Payments
On Thursday, June 25th, the United States Supreme Court decided a case styled Atlantic Sounding Co., Inc. et al. v Edgar L. Townsend 2009 WL 1789469 (U.S. June 25, 2009). This case marked the Supreme Court’s decision to protect a seaman’s right to receive damages for an employers’ willful and wanton disregard of a maintenance and cure obligation.Read Article
The Jones Act is a Federal Law. That is, it is substantively the same in all fifty (50) states including D.C., Guam and all other United States Territories. However, the "Savings to Suitors" clause in the United States Constitution gives the absolute right to a seaman to file a suit in a state court regardless of diversity among the parties to the lawsuit. The practical effects of a state court filing are procedural rather than substantive.Read Article
This article summarizes the current law in the Maritime Admiralty Jones Act field pertaining to whether a seaman can be denied medical cure if he/she was not forthcoming in their job application or pre-employment physical with their prior injuries and/or illnesses and they get injured on the job.Read Article
Though the Jones Act is designed to be in favor of the injured maritime offshore or inland waterway worker, the companies continually do everything possible to stop the injured worker from getting money and, even worse, needed medical care. The employee that is injured does not understand his rights regarding maintenance, cure, negligence, unseaworthiness or the Jones Act. A competent lawyer is essential and Gordon & Elias knows exactly what to do.Read Article
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The Jones Act - Unseaworthiness
Now, I don't mean to say “unseaworthy” means that the boat doesn't float.
You know, people say, “Well, she floated. She must be seaworthy.” Well, as we know, because I have a bit of a time on the water as well, “unseaworthiness” does not mean that the boat doesn't float. It means that a particular item wasn't fit for its intended purpose.
And let me give you an example. Let's say that you're throwing a line to the dock to tie off and the line snaps because it's rotted and let's say it comes back and hits somebody and injures them. That person would have a claim under the Jones Act but though he would also be able to assert negligence, he would clearly have what we call an unseaworthiness claim because a line should not be rotted and should not break.
So I want you to understand that under the Jones Act there are two sort of avenues that you can go down, one being negligence and one being unseaworthiness.