Workboat, Crewboat, Tugboat, Barge and Other Vessel Cases

If you work on a Workboat, Crewboat, Pushboat, Tugboat, Barge or one many other types of vessels, you are likely a maritime worker and have legal rights and protections under the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act and General Maritime Law.

Simon-O’Rourke knows these laws and has extensive experience representing injured those injured while working on vessels.

Working on a vessel is physically demanding and dangerous. You work on a vessel that moves and sways with the seas. You probably work a 12 hour shift and spend weeks at a time away from home. You love the over-time, but working 12 hour shifts on working on rough water, at night or in bad weather, leaves you physically and mentally exhausted. 

While you give so much, the company has certain unique obligations that it owes to you as a Jones Act Seaman or Maritime Worker. The company must provide a safe workplace, a seaworthy vessel, properly maintained equipment, good supervision, good training, and sufficient crew. When a Maritime company fails to meet these obligations, serious accidents can, and do occur.

If you have been injured working on a vessel call us at 281-667-4081.

Top Five Questions:

What are my chances of winning my case?

How much is my case worth?

How long with a case take?

How do I pay for my medical treatment?

How do I pay my bills?

We know that hiring a lawyer and pursing a claim are very big decisions that will impact your life and your family’s future.

We will discuss your case and use our 27+ years of combined experience representing Maritime Workers to give you the best answers that we.

Awards and Recognitions


Some of Companies We Have Handled Claims Against

  • Kirby Inland Marine
  • Bludworth Marine
  • Seacor Marine
  • Edison Chouest Offshore
  • Le Beouf Brothers Towing

Maritime Workers We Have Assisted

  • Deckhand
  • Ordinary Seaman
  • Able Bodied Seaman
  • Boatman
  • Captain / Master
  • Engineer
  • Wiper
  • First mate
  • Tankerman

Types of Vessels We Have Experience With

  • Crewboats
  • Workboats
  • Pushboats
  • Tugboats
  • Barges
  • Lift boats
  • Supply boats
  • Tenders

Damages we have fought for:

  • Lost Income
  • Medical Treatment and Costs (Cure)
  • Cost of Living (Maintenance)
  • Future Medical
  • Lost Income
  • Lost Future Earnings
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Future Pain and Suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Punitive Damages (Gross Negligence Claims)

Proven Skill and Knowledge Relevant to Your Maritime Injury Case

  • We are familiar with the many different type of vessels and operations exist in the Maritime industry.
  • We know the many different jobs and duties on these vessels.
  • We know common safety violations that occur when working on a vessel.
  • We know the short cuts that companies take.
  • We know the pressured that are put on Maritime workers.
  • We know the proper Maritime safety procedures and the improper procedures workers have been told to do.

Do Not Be Blamed:

Are you being told that you violated a safety procedure?

Were you told (or pressured) to “cooperate” with the company or else you would be fired for violating safety procedures?

Were you given written safety policies but told and trained to do things differently?

If so, you are not alone. We have represented many clients that have been told that they “violated” safety procedures. We have represented workers who were either not properly trained, told to violate a safety procedure by a supervisor, pressured to get the job done in disregard of safety.

We fought for those clients and we will fight for you.

When you hire Simon – O’Rourke:

  • You are hiring a law firm that is going to handle your case in-house;
  • You will know the actual lawyer who is going to represent you; and
  • You are hiring experience.

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