Maritime Wrongful Death
Working on the high seas means high risks, but that is no consolation to the dozens of families stricken each year by the death of a loved one who worked as a oil worker, longshoreman or in another maritime profession.
If a loved one’s life was lost at sea, federal maritime law provides for your family to be compensated in a number of ways. But the fullest compensation may only come if you have legal help at your side.
At Avram Blair & Associates, we understand the complexities of maritime law, and we are committed to ensuring you get the best possible representation in your case. Contact us today at 877-506-3347 to learn how we may be able to help.
The Ultimate Price to Pay
According to 2013 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, workers in the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry were 7 times more likely to die on the job than the average for American worker between 2003 and 2010. Injuries and incidents that have led to the deaths of seamen include:
Federal Law Protects Families
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation benefits for family members after the death of a longshoreman, oil rig worker, dock worker or shipbuilder. Benefits include:
- Funeral expenses up to $3,000
- 50% of the employee’s weekly wages for life to a surviving spouse, or until remarriage
- Compensation for dependent children until age 18
Under a separate law known as the Jones Act, a vessel’s owner may be held liable if the vessel is deemed unseaworthy due to unsafe conditions.
Suffering the loss of your loved one is terrible enough to endure. You should not also be faced with the struggle to make ends meet in the days and years that follow.
You potentially have a lot of questions, and we would like to help answer each of them. Depending on your relation, compensation may entitled to you by federal law, and it is essential that you choose the right lawyer to help. Your future may depend on it. Allow us to use our decades of experience to find the right attorney for your unique case. Contact Avram Blair & Associates today to start getting your questions answered.