Maritime Accident in Louisiana? Demand Dudley DeBosier.

For many Louisiana families, working in the maritime industry or offshore is a way of life. But if you’re injured on the job and workers’ compensation benefits don’t cover your claim, you may be wondering how you’ll support yourself and your family, not to mention how you’ll pay your medical bills.

The Louisiana maritime accident lawyers at Dudley DeBosier have years of experience helping injured workers like you. We know the federal laws that are designed to protect workers who suffer offshore injuries, and we’re ready to go the extra mile for you.

If you’ve been in a maritime accident and are unsure about your next steps, we want to help. Call us anytime, 24/7, at (866) 897-8495 or complete our free initial consultation form now.

Maritime and Offshore Accident Claims We Handle

Injuries and wrongful deaths suffered in open water can be extremely costly, both emotionally and financially. Offshore accidents often prove fatal, occurring miles away from appropriate emergency personnel and resources. If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime accident, the experienced attorneys at Dudley DeBosier are here for you.

Depending on how or where you were injured, different federal laws may apply to your claim. Under laws like the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Federal Employers Liability Act, there may be financial support and legal options available to you.

No matter what kind of injury you suffered in a maritime accident, we want to help. Our Louisiana maritime accident lawyers represent many victims who have been injured in on-the-job accidents, including:

  • Cargo ship hands
  • Construction barge workers
  • Deckhands
  • Drill ship workers
  • Harbor workers
  • Longshoremen
  • Oil rig workers
  • Seamen
  • Supply vessel workers
  • Tanker workers
  • Towboats and tugboat workers
  • And many others who are injured on the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River

Our legal team fights for what is right, and it’s our goal to not only provide you with excellent legal representation, but also to get you the compensation you need to recover to the best of your ability.

Who Can File a Claim for Maritime Injuries?

Regardless of occupation, U.S. workers are entitled to a safe place to work. This includes sailors and seamen, even with the dangerous conditions surrounding maritime employment. If you suffered injuries while working offshore or on a boat, it may be possible to secure compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and disability.

Any seaman injured or harmed in the process of regular work is eligible to file a claim, as long as the maritime vessel in question was navigating or away from the dock at the time of the incident. Claims can be filed against employers, vessel owners, and other parties whose negligence caused serious harm or injury, providing necessary legal recourse when trouble comes to call.

Dudley DeBosier has personal injury attorneys and maritime accident lawyers based in our offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Lafayette who help offshore injury victims throughout Louisiana.

How Our Maritime Accident Attorneys Can Help

If you were injured in a workplace maritime accident, you might have options available to get the compensation you’re entitled to. Two of the most common ways injured maritime workers seek compensation are:

  1. Workers’ Compensation Claims—An injured individual from an offshore accident can file a workers’ compensation claim under state or federal law to receive benefits, including medical treatment.
  1. Negligence Claims—Alternatively, the victim can file a claim against an employer, third party, or boating insurance company. To win the claim, the plaintiff will have to prove that another person’s or party’s negligent act led to his or her injuries. Evidence that may be helpful in proving negligence includes:
  • Photographs of the injury or property damage
  • Photographs of the scene of the accident
  • Eyewitness statements or testimony
  • Police reports

Our experienced maritime accident attorneys are here to help individuals understand their rights under federal, Louisiana, and international waters laws, and collect the documentation needed to file a successful claim.

What is the Jones Act and How Can It Help Me with a Personal Injury or Workers’ Compensation Claim?

While employment laws have been in place for decades, the Jones Act redefined maritime law to protect the safety of employees around the country. Prior to the Jones Act, there was very little recourse for those injured at sea, leading to countless injuries and wrongful deaths with no hope for justice.

Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, this law was passed to allow qualified sailors to receive compensation in exchange for injury. Under the Jones Act, seafaring employees who spend at least 30% of their time on the water are permitted to file claims in cases of injury and negligence.

There is a three-year statute of limitations that applies; however, any claims not filed within three years of injury will not be considered under the Jones Act. For claims involving the United States government, the statute of limitations may be lowered to two years.

What is Unseaworthiness?

Unseaworthiness describes a vessel that is not adequately prepared for use on the water. A vessel’s owner has an absolute obligation to provide a seaworthy vessel that meets all structural and safety requirements, is reasonably fit for its intended purpose, and has the right safety and security gear on board.

When these criteria aren’t met, a vessel is not seaworthy and can pose serious threats to workers on board. Owners with unseaworthy vessels who continue to operate as normal can be held liable for boat injuries and offshore accidents that occur as a result of negligent practices.

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or LHWCA, is a federal workers’ compensation program that provides benefits and care to qualified longshoremen and harbor workers injured while on the job. It can also provide coverage for medical care, disability, and funeral expenses.

LHWCA provides protection for employees in many different industries related to maritime endeavors, including those who work on docks and in harbors, those who build, assemble, load, and unload watercraft, and general maritime construction professionals.

Benefits for qualifying workers are generous, offering the following forms of assistance:

  • Medical care, treatment, and supplies at the physician of one’s choice
  • Disability compensation for qualifying disabilities
  • Death benefits for funeral expenses up to $3,000 and, for spouses, 50% of the employee’s weekly wages until death or remarriage. Sole surviving children without siblings will receive 50% of weekly wages. Sole surviving children with siblings will receive 66.66% of weekly wages split evenly.

When you’re facing injury or disability related to a maritime accident, the right attorney is your biggest asset.

Lawyers qualified in issues relating to boat accidents can guide you every step of the way, ensuring you’re getting the help you need to secure the best possible outcome. With the ability to file your claim properly and fight for the right settlement for you, maritime accident attorneys can provide you with the support you need when you need help the most.

You Deserve a Lawyer Who Understands Maritime Workplace Injury Cases

Many people are not aware that workplace accidents that occur on offshore oil rigs or marine vessels are handled differently than other types of on-the-job accident claims. For this reason, it is vitally important that you contact experienced maritime lawyers if you or a loved one is injured while working offshore.

Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers offers experienced maritime lawyers who have in-depth knowledge of the specialized federal and state maritime laws, the Jones Act, workers’ compensation, and various statutes that apply to offshore accident cases.

Our team will work closely with you to explain your rights and help ensure that you receive proper medical treatment and all of the compensation or damages that you deserve.

Over the years, our maritime lawyers have obtained many millions of dollars in compensation for clients involved in accidents that occurred in Louisiana state waters, the Gulf of Mexico, and various foreign waters. We have successfully handled maritime accident cases including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Offshore Oil Rig Accidents
  • Tugboat & Barge Accidents
  • Fishing Vessel Accidents
  • Ferry & Water Taxi Accidents
  • Tanker & Cargo Ship Accidents
  • Cruise Ship Accidents

Obtaining compensation for accidents that involve maritime laws can be extremely difficult – and these cases are often beyond the capabilities of the average oilfield lawyer.

At Dudley DeBosier, our experienced maritime lawyers will work diligently to ensure that your legal claim is handled as quickly and efficiently as possible to obtain justice for you and your family. If you or a loved one has been victimized in an offshore or maritime accident, we urge you to contact us today to learn more or schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Get the Dudley DeBosier Difference

You already have enough to deal with after a maritime injury. At Dudley DeBosier, it’s our goal to make the legal process as stress-free as possible, so you can focus on what matters most—your health and your family. After a maritime injury in Louisiana, don’t hire just any injury attorney.

Our legal team knows what you’re going through, and we’re ready to go the extra mile to help you get the compensation you deserve. That’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference.

Whether you were injured on a dock, in the harbor, or in international waters, we want to hear your story. Call us anytime at (866) 897-8495 or fill out the free initial consultation form.