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Richard has handled virtually every type of Jones Act law claim, ranging from injuries and deaths that occur on oceangoing vessels, tugboats, barges and workboats, and jack-up and semi-submersible drilling rigs, to those that occur on the various structures and vessels used in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Richard Schechter is a Maritime Lawyer Houston Can Trust

Richard has been handling Jones Act and maritime law cases along the Gulf Coast since 1980. As a Houston maritime attorney, he has represented literally hundreds of seamen from around the world. Richard’s knowledge of Jones Act maritime law is widely respected. He taught maritime personal injury law at a Houston law school for a decade and has testified before committees of both the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives regarding proposed legislative changes to the Jones Act law. This is a very specialized area of law with a unique set of regulations, including special federal rules that apply in federal court. That’s why you’ll want an attorney with decades of experience in this area, like Houston Jones Act lawyer Richard Schechter.

How Can I Tell if I have a Jones Act Lawsuit?

The Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. Section 30104, was enacted in 1920 to give seamen and their families a legal remedy against their employers in the event a seaman is injured or killed in the course of his or her employment. The statute provides that if a seaman is injured or killed due in whole or in part to the negligence of their employer or fellow employees, the seaman or his family can bring a suit against the employer. The key requirements of the statute are:

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