We give each case the time and attention it deserves, and we treat everyone who walks through our doors like family.
From auto accidents to defective product injuries to workers’ compensation claims, we’re here to help Louisiana injury victims.
We value building relationships with the many people and organizations that make Louisiana a great place to live.
Dudley DeBosier has a trusted team of personal injury lawyers who have been helping injured people in Louisiana.
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
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 sustain 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.
Injuries and wrongful deaths sustained 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 through 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
matter what kind of injury you have from a maritime accident, we want to help. Our Louisiana maritime
accident lawyers represent a variety of individuals who have been injured in
on-the-job accidents, including:
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.
Regardless of occupation, workers in the United States
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
recovery or compensation for 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.
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.
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 include:
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
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
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.
As the name implies, unseaworthiness occurs when a vessel
is not deemed to be 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
A federal workers’ compensation program that provides
benefits and care to qualified longshoremen and harbor workers injured while on
the job, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or LHWCA, can
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
Benefits for qualifying workers are generous, offering
the following forms of assistance:
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 most.
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
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 below.
During this time of uncertainty, please know that we are here and ready to help.
If you’ve been injured, we can arrange a virtual meeting in order to start work on your case right away.
While COVID-19 presents a danger to our community, we will adhere to Louisiana State Law and Gov. John Bel Edwards's recommendations, and close our physical office. However, we remain fully operational, and we’ll continue to offer our services via telecommunications.
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