The Gulf Coast provides employment to many people, who work on the docks or offshore. New Orleans is the sixth largest cruise port in the United States, and there are, in general, roughly 70 to 100 active oil rigs in the waters off of Louisiana’s coast. Within this booming industry, accidents are common. The Jones Act is an important piece of legislation for maritime workers seeking justice in the face of negligent work conditions or other accidents.
For example, one of our clients at Breaux Law Firm was a longshoreman who was injured while working on a dock when an improperly welded metal plate struck him in the head, resulting in neck injuries that required surgery. We were able to successfully recover both past and future lost wages for our client, at a total of $950,000.
Maritime accidents are complex, but an established attorney can help you understand how your injury is classified and how best to proceed.
Definition Of Longshoreman
A longshoreman, also called a stevedore or dock worker, is a worker who loads and unloads freight from cargo ships to docks. While seamen are covered for workplace injuries under the Jones Act, longshoremen are generally covered by the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
Definition Of Seamen
According to the Jones Act, a “seaman” is anyone who spends a significant amount of on-the-clock working time aboard a seafaring vessel in navigation, and whose work contributes to the function of the vessel. The term encompasses many offshore roles. In Louisiana, the following are all considered seamen:
However, unlike most other jobs, injured seamen are not eligible to receive workers’ compensation. Fortunately, under the Jones Act, maritime employees have the right to take legal action and file lawsuits against ship owners who display negligence or unseaworthiness.
At Breaux Law Firm, we work hard to stay up to date on maritime law, and pay close attention to the ins and outs of Louisiana law when it comes to maritime accidents, work-related accidents, offshore accidents, and boating accidents.
If you’ve been injured while working offshore or on a dock, don’t wait! Call Breaux Law Firm for a free consultation; we’ll fight hard to get you the medical attention and the compensation that you deserve.
Hiring An Attorney
With over 35 years of experience, we at Breaux Law Firm understand how to navigate the world of claims in New Orleans and Louisiana. You can rest assured that your case will be handled with the utmost respect and priority to ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to as quickly as possible. Our job is to get you the maximum payout you are due. We’re here to protect your rights.
By hiring a trusted law firm to represent you and your case, you can put your mind at ease; this will allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries. Let us do the paperwork, deal with the insurance companies, and get you the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Breaux Law Firm?
If you or someone you know has been injured in a maritime accident, the attorneys at Breaux Law Firm are the best option for you, and here’s why:
Being in an accident is scary enough, and dealing with the aftermath can be exhausting. Getting back on your feet should be hassle-free. If you call us and we determine, together, that you have a case, we’ll immediately begin fighting on your behalf to make the responsible parties do what is right. We do not stop fighting for you until you receive all you’re owed.
By hiring Breaux Law Firm to represent you for your maritime accident, you can expect a clear legal explanation of your case and an honest assessment of the case’s merits. We can help you get through this difficult time and ensure you’re taken care of emotionally, physically, and financially.
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations applicable to personal injury claims is one year from the date of the accident, so don’t wait! If the suit is filed after the deadline, it can be dismissed. However, it’s always a good idea to seek legal advice, as there are exceptions in which the statute of limitations may be halted and the deadline for filing a claim extended.
Although filing claims or reliving traumatic experiences can be overwhelming, moving towards the compensation you are due is the right thing for you and your family. You’re not alone in this fight. The qualified attorneys of Breaux Law Firm are just a phone call away. Let us handle your case and get you what you deserve.