Accident Cases along the coast
In Corpus Christi, we are lucky to have important ports that boost our economy and provide jobs to locals. However, working and traveling on and near the water comes with a unique set of risks that are not found on land. The potential disrepair of vessels, heavy equipment, and ship maintenance all determine how safe an environment is for workers and passengers. If you were injured on a ship because of the negligence of your employer, you are probably entitled to compensation under certain maritime protections. Some of the most common protections for seamen and passengers include:
- Jones Act: The Jones Act allows seamen—from crew members to captains—to sue their employer for negligence. Under this piece of legislation, the burden of proof is in favor of the workers. That means if you can prove your employer’s negligence contributed to your injuries in any way, you could receive compensation.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA): The LHWCA covers harbor workers, longshoremen, and most employees who work on or near the water. If you are covered under the LHWCA, the workers’ compensation benefits to you are typically higher than those for other workers.
- Death on the High Seas ACT (DOHSA): As its name suggests, DOHSA covers workers and passengers who are killed on the water. Unlike the Jones Act, DOHSA is not limited to seamen and also includes individuals killed flying over international waters.
An accident along the coast can feel overwhelming and alienating, but thousands of people, including family members, fellow workers, and community members are affected by these incidents every year. According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), 2017 demonstrated the following:
- 429 total offshore incidents
- 73 fires and explosions
- 150 injuries
- 3,585 incidents since 2012
These statistics show us that safety measures still need to be improved for offshore workers. Every person deserves to feel safe in their workplace even if they are on a boat or near the shore. When employers fail to provide adequate safety conditions for workers, they need to be held accountable for their negligence. Contact a Corpus Christi maritime accidents lawyer to learn more about the protections in place for seamen, longshoremen, harbor workers, and other maritime employees.
Facts about the Personal Injury Process
Following an accident, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind. These cases can take time and effort that you may not be willing to spend. It is important to keep in mind that our attorneys will fight tooth and nail to win every cent you deserve while making the process as easy as possible for you. A lot of people are not sure what to expect before visiting an attorney to start their case. We wanted to share a few facts with you so you can better understand what a personal injury case involves.
Two-year statute of limitations in Texas
A statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after an incident occurs. The statute of limitations varies depending on your state and the type of lawsuit you want to file. You have two years after the date of the incident to file a personal injury case in Texas. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as if your injury is not discovered immediately after an accident. These exceptions also vary by state, and a qualified personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether you are still able to file a lawsuit for your injuries.
95% of cases are settled outside of a trial
The vast majority of cases never go to trial, which has both a positive and negative side. Choosing to settle means that you are taking the amount of money offered to you by or on behalf of the person who injured you. Most often, a settlement is negotiated between your attorney and the defendant’s attorney or insurance company. Settlement amounts are often less than the amount of money obtained through trial, but they often save the injured person time and resources. Our attorneys are strong trial lawyers, so we are willing to take your case to trial if it is in your best interest. If not, we are equally willing to collect evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and argue with other attorneys on your behalf.
Zero dollars are owed to us unless we win you money
At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, we are fighting for you, not for our own interests. That is why we never take any money from the people we represent unless we win them money either in court or a settlement. We call this our “no recovery, no fee” guarantee. This system also makes contacting our lawyers extremely low risk for you. If we do not get you the money you are entitled to, you will not owe us a dime, so you can only gain money when working with us.
Reasons We Can Take Legal Action
Our lawyers want to represent the people who need it most. We are lucky to live near the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, a site for sea transport and workers. Corpus Christi is also a city full of tourists and travelers who may act recklessly while passing through town. Because of our location, many of our clients have been injured in vehicular, workplace, and maritime accidents.
- Car Accidents: Corpus Christi has beautiful beaches, a solid economy, and a number of tourist attractions. That means traffic through the city is always bustling and accidents are bound to happen. When a reckless driver causes an accident, they need to be held accountable. We can help you take action against the careless driver responsible for your injuries.
- Workplace Injuries: Everyone expects their workplace to be safe and free of serious hazards. Unfortunately, many truck drivers and oilfield workers do not have this luxury. Your employer could be liable for your injury if you were hurt on the job.
- Maritime Accidents: Working, traveling, and transporting goods on the sea comes with risk. Deck and barge hands, offshore workers, and longshoremen have special protections under the law that can help you obtain compensation for injuries at sea.
These are just a few of the most common injuries we see working in Corpus Christi. Every personal injury case is different, but the one thing they all have in common is an act of negligence. Do not let a reckless individual or third party walk away without taking responsibility for their actions. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for help pursuing compensation.
Contact a Corpus Christi Personal Injury Lawyer
There is never a good time to be injured, and it is hard to take time to recover when life keeps happening around you. At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, we want to make your recovery a little easier by taking the weight of a lawsuit off your shoulders. We will walk you through every step of the process to make sure you get the best results possible while you recover. For more information about how we can help you or for answers to more of your legal questions, contact our office at (361) 888-8808. We look forward to hearing from you.