Baytown, TX asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas

Q: Do offshore workers get workers comp?

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Joseph S. Stacey
Joseph S. Stacey
  • Maritime Law Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA

A: Thank you for your question. The answer depends upon what “category” of worker you are talking about. A “seaman” would not be eligible or qualify for worker’s comp. A seaman’s remedy after being injured on the job falls under the "Jones Act” and General Maritime Law remedies, including maintenance and cure. On the other hand, a “harbor worker” qualifies for federal worker’s comp (L&H). If you are asking about a worker on an oil rig, then most likely that worker would be considered a seaman.

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