APRIL 6, 2011 by Bill Abbott
Three potentially dangerous accidents took place off the coast of Texas earlier this year. While none of these accidents resulted in injuries, they could have easily taken a turn for the worse. The first incident happened in January, near Corpus Christi. A fishing vessel radioed in a distress call. The vessel was taking on water in the engine room, a highly dangerous condition. The Coast Guard responded and the right equipment was provided, averting what could have been a deadly situation.
Had the boat continued to take on water, the crewmembers would have been in danger of sinking. Due to their sufficient training and plan of action, they avoided this crisis. They also avoided any injuries that could have resulted in Texas Jones Act legal filings. Not long after this incident, another occurred, this time, near South Padre Island. A dredging vessel hit bad weather and ended up running aground. The vessel was quite damaged and had to be towed to a nearby port. The crewmembers, again, were educated in a plan of action and were able to avoid serious problems by transferring fuel to other tanks.
Still again, in January, a ruptured pipeline caused vegetable oil to be released into a shipping channel. The spill was eventually contained and contractor was hired to clean up the spill. About 150 barrels of vegetable oil had to be cleaned out of the water. Again, both of these incidents could have resulted in injuries and Texas Jones Act legal claims. Because crewmembers were prepared for emergencies, injuries were avoided and no claims were filed. These three incidents are one more reason why being trained and being prepared is essential in the maritime industry.
If you or someone you know has been injured on the open seas, you may have grounds for compensation. Contact a Texas Jones Act legal firm and seek advice. Depending on the circumstances, you could be filing a claim very soon. Experienced Texas Jones Act legal advice will help you determine what your next course of action should be.