Maritime and Offshore Accident Injuries
Like any other types of workers, seaman, oilers, deckhands and other offshore and maritime workers deserve to be compensated after suffering serious personal injuries, and their families deserve to be compensated for wrongful deaths that occur during the course of maritime employment. Maritime and offshore workers' compensation and personal injury litigation are much more complicated than their on-land counterparts.
Offshore and Maritime Law
When someone has suffered a serious work-related accident on the water, it is essential to determine what laws apply, because each has its own procedures and different forms of compensation available. Important considerations include:
- Whether the accident occurred on a "navigable waterway"
- The distance from the shore where the accident occurred
- Whether federal or state laws apply
- Whether the injured party is considered a "seaman" or other type of worker
- The nature of the work that the injured employee performed
- The nature of the boat on which the employee was injured
There are many complicated considerations in any work-related accident occurring in the water. Determining which laws apply is the first and one of the most important. Our attorneys have experience and knowledge regarding:
- Jones Act claims
- Commercial fisherman claims
- Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims
- Platform/oil rig injuries
- Diver accidents
Although the laws are more complicated, there are avenues for compensation that we can explore that could help you and your family recover after suffering serious personal injuries in a maritime and offshore worker accident.
Contact a Louisiana Maritime Injuries Attorney
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After a boating accident, come in for a free consultation with one of our lawyers, to discuss your case and learn about your options for compensation. We work on contingency fee, so you will not be asked to pay attorney fees unless and until we are successful in your case. Call 225-928-8800 in Louisiana or contact Murphy Law Firm online to schedule your free initial consultation with an attorney from our firm.