Here in South Louisiana, and particularly in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, and the surrounding parishes, we have a booming offshore work sector, with an abundance of people who make their livelihood working in the offshore oil and gas industry, in marine transportation, and on cruise ships. In a healthy economic year, there are roughly 70 to 100 active oil rigs in the waters off of Louisiana’s coast, and New Orleans is the sixth largest cruise port in the United States. Yet, as with all high-risk jobs, accidents are bound to happen. We understand the perils and difficulties of such work, and that injuries may occur.
Luckily, there are laws to protect you if you’re injured on the job, whether on the mainland or at sea. The Jones Act is a federal body of laws that allows an injured employee, who is considered a “seaman,” to recover damages from his or her negligent employer.
Offshore accidents are complex, but an established attorney can help you understand how your injury is classified and how best to proceed.
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:
A few examples of the types and causes of offshore injuries that seaman experience are:
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 an offshore 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 offshore 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 offshore 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.