Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, protects various types of maritime workers injured while working on or near the navigable waters. The legal remedies available to injured workers under maritime law depends on various factors such as the type of worker injured, where the injury occurred, the specific details of the accident, and the injuries sustained. Some examples of federal maritime laws include, but are not limited to: the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), and the Jones Act.
What Steps Should a Louisiana Offshore Worker Take After an Injury?
A Louisiana maritime worker who suffers from an injury sustained while working offshore, such as on an oil right, should take the following steps:
- Get immediate medical attention to address the worker’s injuries.
- Report work-related injuries to the worker’s employer.
- Document the details of the accident and collect important information associated with the accident such as names of key witnesses, location and date of the accident, etc.
- Contact a Louisiana offshore injury attorney as soon as possible for a formal legal opinion.
What Types of Employees are Protected under the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?
The Jones Act applies to “seamen” whose injuries result from the negligence of their employer. “Seamen” are typically workers connected to a particular vessel who spend a large portion of their time at sea.
The LHWCA covers maritime workers injured near navigable waters, such as dock workers, workers repairing ships, and cargo workers. These types of workers are not usually covered under the Jones Act.
What Should You Do if Your Employer Contests Your Offshore Injuries?
Some employers of offshore workers are wealthy companies who can afford high powered attorneys to dispute cases where workers are injured. If your employer contests your injuries sustained while working offshore, contact a Louisiana offshore injury attorney at Willis Law Firm immediately for a case evaluation. Our firm has experience representing injured maritime workers against “the big guys.” An experienced maritime lawyer at our firm can help advocate for your rights, filing a lawsuit if necessary. Don’t wait to contact your lawyer for assistance. Time is of the essence because you must make sure you file your case before the applicable statute of limitations has expired.
What Damages May an Injured Offshore Worker Recover?
Injured offshore workers may be entitled to compensation for various types of damages, including, but not limited to:
- Maintenance and cure
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Future rehabilitation
If you are an injured offshore maritime worker, an experienced maritime lawyer can help advocate for the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained. Call Willis Law Firm today.
Speak to a Louisiana Offshore Injury Attorney Today
If you are a maritime worker who has suffered injuries from your offshore work in Louisiana, Willis Law Firm can help. Our firm has over 40 years of experience working with maritime laws and helping maritime workers and their families obtain the compensation they deserve. If you have questions about maritime law and the compensation available in Louisiana, you may be able to recover for your work related injuries, contact us at 1-800-468-4878 or email us through our online webform for a free consultation. No recovery, no fee, that’s the Willis Law Firm guarantee.