Maritime Injuries

Jones Act judgement are typically higher than other cases, so the selection of an attorney is essential for an injured seaman.

Portland Injury Attorney

Portland Oregon
Maritime Injury Lawyer

Injured maritime workers have relied on the Jones Act since the 1930s, when the need for a uniform law to protect the rights of seamen and offshore workers injured at sea finally became so great that Congress was forced to act. Workers who are injured on a vessel in a navigable waterway within the scope and course of their job can rely on the Jones Act in order to hold an employer accountable for damages.

Case Studies -
Gaussoin v. Brix Maritime and Cascade General

Client: Robin Gaussoin | Case: Maritime Jones Act
Robin Gaussoin was a deckhand on a tugboat that was hired to move a naval vessel from a dock. To tie up to the vessel, a line was pulled 40 feet up from the tug's deck to the ship's. In the process, the line broke and tumbled down, striking Gaussoin on his back and resulting in injury. Baron filed suit against Gaussoin's employer and a shipyard that was repairing the naval vessel and that supplied the line. Through scientific testing, Baron proved the line to be defective and a verdict of $1.6 million dollars was returned by a jury. The jury verdict was appealed and was upheld by the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Nelson v. Fairfield Industries, Inc.

Client: Robin Gaussoin | Case: Maritime Jones Act
Scott Nelson was a first mate on a vessel taking soundings for oil off the coast of Texas. He severely injured his lower back when a supply boat was brought out to physically hand off large boxes of groceries to the crew. Standard and safe procedure required that loading either be done at the dock or with the assistance of a crane. A jury returned a $960,000 verdict in Nelson's favor. The amount was reduced to $700,000 because of a small percentage of negligence attributed to Nelson.