Nationwide Jones Act Injury Attorneys
Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP
Houston, Texas 77057
(713) 668-9999 or(800) 773-6770
Law Firm Overview
Gordon, 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. Our goal is to help you recover the full compensation to which you and your family are entitled, when the negligence of an employer or
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Articles Published by Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP
Maritime attorney, Steve Gordon, announces the launch of an online petition drive to help save jobs of U.S. mariners.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
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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.