Louisana Maritime Accident? Talk to a Jones Act Lawyer
If you have been injured working on an offshore oil rig, platform, barge, jackup rig, ship or other vessel, the legal team at the Wills Law Firm is prepared to help you get on the path to recovery. We are an experienced maritime injury law firm that helps oil rig workers, longshoremen, seamen and other maritime employees in Louisiana and across the United States collect the financial compensation and benefits they need to recover from serious injuries.
Legal Relief for Victims of Maritime Accidents
Federal and state laws offer important protections for people who are injured working on or near the waters of Louisiana. While these laws are designed to provide legal relief to accident victims and their families, maritime laws can be extremely complicated and are best navigated by a skilled lawyer who has extensive experience handling maritime injury cases.
If you have been working in the maritime industry for some time, you may already know of someone who has filed a lawsuit under the Jones Act or other maritime injury laws. You may also know that if you are a classified as a seaman under the Jones Act and are injured or become ill on the job, your employer is required to pay you daily living expenses while you are living on land (maintenance) and the reasonable costs associated with your medical care and treatment (cure). In addition to these payments known as “maintenance and cure benefits,” you may also have the legal right to file a lawsuit against your employer if your accident was due to the negligent actions of your company or a fellow crew member.
It is important to know that even if you are not classified as a “seaman” under the Jones Act, you are likely to be protected under other maritime laws such as the Longshore Harbor & Workers’ Compensation Act or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). An experienced lawyer at our firm can review your case to identify the best courses of legal action available to you. Whether you were injured on an oil or gas rig, supply boat, crane, cargo ship, fishing boat or other maritime vessel, we will work to get you the legal relief you need to deal with your accident and move forward with your life.
Oil, Gas and Maritime Activities in Louisiana
Louisiana’s expansive waterway system has allowed for the development of a large number of inland and coastal ports throughout the state. According to the Ports Association of Louisiana these ports are responsible for creating and supporting more than 400,000 jobs and $20 billion in personal earnings. The Port of South Louisiana ranks as the nation’s top water port in terms of total tonnage with more than 55,000 barges and 4,000 seagoing vessels making call at the port each year. Located at the center of the Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi River port complex, the Port of New Orleans is ranked 6th in the nation for total tonnage. This port handles more than 70 million tons of domestic and foreign waterborne trade and is recognized as the port of choice for the transportation of a diverse range of products, including steel, petroleum, coals, manufactured goods, coffee and rubber.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Louisiana has 19 operating petroleum refineries and ranks second only to Texas in both total and operating refinery capacity. Louisiana’s refineries have the ability to process more than 3.2 billion barrels of crude oil each day which accounts for nearly one-fifth the United States’ refining capacity. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (the Loop) is the first and only deep water oil port located in the United States and has the capacity to import up to 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day. The state also holds about 7 percent of the country’s natural gas reserves.
Contact a Maritime Accident Lawyer – Free Case Review
If you have been injured in a maritime accident in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport or anywhere along the Gulf of Mexico, coastal waters, canals, Mississippi river or waterways of Louisiana, then contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation. The Willis Law Firm, a Texas and New York maritime injury law firm, takes injury cases on a contingency fee basis – you will not have to pay any legal fees or expenses until we obtain a financial recovery for you.