Maritime Law

San Diego Maritime Law Lawyer

California Injury at Sea Attorney

Since 1990, the Law Office of Frank S. Clowney, III, has represented seamen who have been injured on the job. Since maritime employers are not required to carry workers' compensation insurance, I help injured seamen sue their employers under the Jones Act.

Call a San Diego maritime lawyer at 866.604.1775 or 619.618.2419 for a free phone consultation or contact our firm online.

Federal Law to Protect Injured Seamen

The Seamen's Act of 1915 and the Merchant Marine Act, more commonly called the Jones Act, of 1920 helped establish safety regulations and rights for injured seamen. These acts outline what seamen are entitled to and give a course of action for collecting compensation for injuries. Seamen can receive greater compensation for their injuries than non-seamen.

You may qualify as a seaman even though you are not assigned to one vessel, or work partially on shore or fixed platforms. Under the Jones Act, I will bring a claim against your employer if you were injured on a tanker, freighter, fishing boat, pleasure boat or other commercial vessel. I also represent cruise line passengers in their personal injury cases.

Types of Injuries

Injures can result from "unseaworthiness", an unsafe place to work, defective equipment or the negligence of your supervisors or employer. The Law Office of Frank S. Clowney, III, uses the Jones and Seamen's Acts to determine if required safety standards were not met and if your employer was negligent. If they were negligent, then they are liable for your injuries.

I have represented seamen injured by:

  • Faulty safety equipment
  • Snapped lines
  • Falling objects
  • Cold conditions
  • Vessel collisions
  • Unsafe decks, ladders and commands

Personal Attention to Your Injuries and the Details of Your Case

As a maritime attorney, I focus my personal attention on your injuries and your story. I try to put myself in your shoes to see your injuries and their consequences through your eyes. I work on problem solving with you to get you on the road to recovery.

Contact a Maritime Attorney in San Diego

To get compensation for your injuries under the Jones Act, contact a California injury at sea lawyer online or call the Law Office of Frank S. Clowney, III, at 619.618.2419.