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Maritime Injuries & The Jones Act

Often the most difficult aspects of maritime injury cases involve the medical issues which arise.

The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm’s trial skills and experience in handling complex medical cases put it in an excellent position to provide maximum recovery in any maritime personal injury case. Maritime accidents also often involve engineering issues, and Mr. Christiansen’s undergraduate engineering training at Georgia Tech enhances the Firm’s ability to successfully litigate these issues in maritime cases.

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Maritime Attorneys with Real Trial Experience and Deep Understanding of Personal Injury

Injuries which occur as a result of maritime activities are governed by a distinct body of law known as admiralty or maritime law. Under general maritime law, injured seamen are entitled to maintenance and cure if the seaman was injured in the course of his or her service to the vessel. Additionally, general maritime law provides that a maritime employee may also be entitled to recover damages against his or her employer if he or she has been injured as a result of his or her employer’s failure to provide a seaworthy vessel.

Under the Jones Act, an injured maritime employee has a right of recovery against his or her employer if the employee’s injury is caused by the employer’s negligence.

Our Proven Record In Maritime Cases

The attorneys at The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm have handled personal injury cases governed by maritime law, including cases which fall under the federal Jones Act. Cases such as the landmark decision in Davis v. Odeco, 18 F. 3d 1287 (5th Cir. 1994), obtained by Mr. Bowling on behalf of his seaman client attest to the Firm’s leading role in this field.

Lawyers from The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm are recognized by their peers to be leaders in trial practice and complex medical litigation. Our attorneys have been selected by Best Lawyers in America (David Bowling and the firm), Super Lawyers (reserved for the top 5%) for David Bowling and Zachary Christiansen as a Rising Star, and The American Board of Trial Advocates (recognizing David Bowling’s extensive jury trial experience.) The Firm carries Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV-Preeminent rating for ability and ethics.

The Firm’s maritime law practice is focused on helping individuals who have been injured aboard vessels and other maritime workplaces such as:

  • Oil rigs
  • Barges
  • Ferries
  • Cargo vessels

The attorneys at The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation, can help injured maritime employees determine whether they have a Jones Act or another type of maritime compensation claim. Additionally, the Firm handles maritime cases involving recreational watercraft accidents.

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Contact The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation, In New Orleans

The lawyers of The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation, are equipped to handle difficult cases involving serious and catastrophic maritime injuries. Call our office for a confidential consultation or complete the online form.


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