Toledo Admiralty and Maritime Injury Lawyers Represent Injured Seamen

Ohio lawyers helping Jones Act sailors, offshore workers and longshoremen after accidents

Because of the dangers they face, sailors are provided with some of the strongest legal protections of any workers in the country. The Jones Act entitles injured seamen to remedies that are not available to other workers. Workers on drilling rigs and oil platforms are often covered by the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) and the general maritime law. Dockworkers can seek remedies under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). At Zychowicz Skeldon, Ltd., our Ohio attorneys educate clients throughout Ohio on their rights and aggressively pursue any compensation they are owed by their employer.

The strong rights of sailors under the Jones Act

Rather than being subject to the workers' compensation laws of Ohio, seamen are treated as wards of the state and entitled to the specific federal protections laid out in the Jones Act. In order to qualify as a Jones Act seaman, you must work on a vessel and be injured while acting in service to that vessel. Seamen are eligible to receive “maintenance and cure," which consists of an allowance and medical treatment until you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). Seamen bringing an unseaworthiness claim often receive damages for pain and suffering, as well as past and future lost wages. Our skillful attorneys at Zychowicz Skeldon, Ltd. will work to prove that you qualify as a Jones Act seaman, regardless of whether you are a United States citizen.

Helping other injured maritime workers get justice

Because the Jones Act only applies to certain workers, your case may instead fall under the general maritime law that allows for negligence claims. Our attorneys will help you understand which laws apply in your case. The LHWCA applies to maritime workers who were injured on land in Ohio, as well as dockworkers and stevedores. It functions like a national workers’ compensation system. DOHSA allows the family of maritime workers to seek compensation for their deaths when they were killed due to negligence at sea. Our attorneys work closely with clients to make sure they understand their rights under federal and state laws.

Trust our firm to help you after a maritime injury in Ohio

Maritime cases are very different from standard injury cases. If you are a seaman or maritime worker and you have suffered an injury, it is important that you seek out a law firm with maritime injury experience. The Toledo maritime injury attorneys at Zychowicz Skeldon, Ltd. have experience fighting to get maritime workers compensation for their injuries. Call us at 419-740-4949 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an admiralty lawyer.

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