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Maritime law: Protecting commercial divers’ rights


If you are a commercial scuba diver in Texas or Louisiana, then your job is inherently hazardous, but you are nonetheless entitled by law to a reasonably safe work environment. Safe commercial diving requires proper training, planning, cooperation and adherence to established safety procedures, and a mistake on the part of a supervisor, boat captain or other maritime worker can quickly lead to serious injuries.

Commercial divers who have been injured because of employer negligence can seek compensation for damages through a Jones Act claim. Benefits may also be available under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. To get the compensation they need and deserve, it is a good idea for injured divers to have an attorney with experience in handling cases in these areas of law.

To learn more about the Jones Act in particular, please see our previous post — “What qualifies as a ‘seaman’ or a ‘vessel’ under the Jones Act?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard have established safety guidelines and regulations for commercial diving. To protect workers from potentially fatal accidents in underwater teardown operations, pipeline maintenance, seabed well work, offshore construction and pipeline shutdowns, employers and supervisors must meet safety standards, but too often that doesn’t happen.

At The Shelton Law Firm, we represent divers and other maritime workers who have been injured on the job. We also seek wrongful death compensation for families of workers who suffered fatal injuries at sea. Maritime law is complex, and to receive the full amount of compensation you deserve, you’ll need an attorney who is willing to fight to protect your interests at every step of the process.



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