Offshore & Maritime Personal Injury
David McNeal has put boots on deck time and time again over his life, sailing around the world on U.S. Flag vessels, and as a mate licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard on New York City Department of Transportation ferry boats. And David has both Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) and Ultra Deepwater drilling rig work experience in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. While working offshore, David was one of the shipboard officers responsible for inspecting and maintaining specific safety aspects of the vessel as mandated by numerous regulatory agencies. That real, hands-on experience provided him with a solid, detailed understanding of the extreme dangers that exist in the offshore work environment, and how they occur.
David graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Tulane University Law School in New Orleans—one of the few law school programs with a maritime law curriculum. David was acknowledged for his outstanding work, receiving Trial Advocacy Honors, along with his Juris Doctor degree and Certificate of Specialization in Maritime Law.
David’s profound respect for those who live and work in the offshore environment motivated him to become the kind of attorney that offshore and maritime clients can truly count on whenever they suffer a work-related injury or illness.
The McNeal Law Group recognizes the value of offshore and maritime workers and the incredible economic impact their important work has within the oilfield and offshore environments all across our great country and its waters. David and his team understand the stress the work can bring upon workers and their families, and he takes pride in helping them through whatever issues arise. David has the experience, the education, and legal knowledge to strategically navigate through the critical issues of any case. Call or contact us today.
- What Is Admiralty Or Maritime Law?
- If I Am An Offshore Worker, Does The Jones Act Apply To Me?
- What Is Maintenance & Cure?
- What Should I Do If I Am Injured At Work?
- What’s My Case Worth?
- What Does It Cost To Hire A Maritime Injury Lawyer?
- Jones Act FAQ
How Much Is A Typical Offshore Injury Case Worth?
Offshore and maritime work is no walk in the park; the work can be stressful and hard, but workers find it rewarding, and their contribution to our nation’s economy is immense. We owe them a debt of gratitude. The motivation for undertaking demanding work is often family. Offshore and maritime workers are often strongly devoted family people, men and women who care deeply for, and are concerned about, their families’ security. When an accident happens, it’s common for workers to first think of their families. Injuries mean time off work, and time of work means dipping into savings, or worse if there are no savings. When you add in medical bills and associated costs, the situation could quickly escalate into an economic emergency.
Thankfully, offshore workers can find protection through some existing laws such as the Jones Act, which allows workers to collect certain kinds of compensation in addition to their immediate medical needs when injured on the job.
Potential Damages That Could Be Claimed In Maritime Injury Cases Via The Jones Act:
- Lost Wages
- Living Expenses
- Lost or Diminished Earning Capacity
- Future Health Issues & Complications
- Long-Term Care
- Physical Pain
- Counseling Options
- Mental Anguish
- Vocational Rehabilitation
The ‘value’ of a maritime injury case will be determined by a wide assortment of factors, facts, legal determinations, and more; these cases can be involved. This is why you should protect yourself and hire an experienced offshore & maritime personal injury attorney in Houston, TX. You need an attorney on your side who understands offshore & maritime law, but who also understands you. As a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (U.S.M.M.A.) in Kings Point, New York, and a mate licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, David has first-hand, and hands-on, experience working on the sea, and is perhaps better equipped than most other attorneys in offshore and maritime law because of that.
Because there are so many variables in these cases, it’s best to let your offshore & maritime personal injury attorney in Houston, TX calculate all the potential damages for which you need to be compensated. There is no ‘one value’ for any particular claim; values of claims vary greatly. If you hold the title of a seaman, then medical bills will be covered by the Jones Act. Essentially, when negligence occurs by your employer and leads to your injuries as a worker, you are probably eligible for significant compensation for any surgeries, pharmaceuticals, or other types of needed rehabilitation.
But beyond the Jones Act, there are other maritime laws that could cover you, and your offshore & maritime personal injury attorney in Houston, TX will help you to calculate the overall value of your claim and then work to ensure you get all the compensation you deserve.
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