The port of Corpus Christi contributes to the state and local economy in a distinctive way. The Port provides 13,770 direct jobs, including 1,436 jobs in the surface transportation sector, 12,130 in maritime service and 202 with Port of Corpus Christi Authority. Being a Corpus Christi injury law firm, Webb Cason deals extensively with port workers and longshoremen. We know Maritime law and we are here to help you if you or a loved one was hurt in a marine accident.
The Jones Act
The Jones Act affords special protections to port workers and other maritime employees that other workers in Texas do not have. Maritime employees are allowed to bring personal injury cases against their employers in the event an injury caused by negligent behavior. Workers’ compensation, typically ignores fault in injury cases for those who have land-based jobs. Even if the employer indirectly caused the injury by putting an employee in a dangerous situation, the employee would not be able to pursue a suit as long as they are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. In the event of an accident, the Jones Act allows seamen to compel employers to pay for basic costs of living, such as room and board and medical expenses, as well as to pursue a personal injury case if an employer caused the injury.
How we can help
The Jones Act is an extremely complex legal construct. Complicated and difficult tests govern jurisdiction, what constitutes a vessel in navigation and what constitutes a legal seaman. The exact amount of monetary recovery any injured seaman is entitled to is also complicated by the specific facts surrounding each case. Our experienced Corpus Christi Jones Act attorneys know the laws and statutes associated with the Federal Jones Act. If you were injured in a marine accident, the maritime lawyers at Webb Cason can help you obtain the monetary judgment you deserve.