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How We Can Help


At The Carlson Law Firm we represent a wide range of seaman, including workers on board drilling rigs, jack up vessels, drillships, crew offshore supply vessels, tugboats, cargo ships, oil tankers and barges.

Step 1: If you become injured while working aboard a vessel at sea, or one that is moored at a dock, your first step should be to report your injury to your captain, employer or senior officer. Federal regulations give you a seven-day window to report a work-related injury for Jones Act claims, but it is best to do it as soon as conditions allow. Do not try to stay on duty, this can be used against you during the claims process.

Step 2: Seek medical attention. Even if your injury seems minor at the time of the incident, it is best to see your doctor, emergency medical personnel or your ship’s medical officer. Make sure you keep any documents showing your injury and proof of any treatment you receive.

Step 3: File your company-provided accident report once you are able. Be as detailed as possible when you fill out the accident report.

Step 4: It is important that you contact a maritime attorney who handles Jones Act cases before taking any further steps. Even if your employer’s insurance company representative tries to persuade you into giving a written or taped statement about your injuries, don’t do it. The insurer’s job is to minimize the value of your claim and will do anything to trip you up to achieve this goal. An experienced Maritime Law/Jones Act attorney will work with you to process your injury claim. Attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm are able to handle maritime and offshore injury claims NATIONWIDE, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri


At The Carlson Law Firm, we believe in signature customer service. This means that we put our clients needs ahead of our own, always. Our staff of experienced trial attorneys and case managers is available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have about filing your lawsuit.

There is no cost to you to speak with us. The Carlson Law Firm works on a contingent fee basis. We only recover our fees if you receive compensation.

During your free legal consultation, we’ll answer your questions and provide clear advice on the next steps to take.


Let The Carlson Law Firm Help You! Contact us for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.