Compensation for Maritime Injuries
Work-related injuries occurring on the water present a great deal of legal challenges and complication not present in many other work-related injury scenarios. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one due to a maritime or offshore accident, it is important to talk with an experienced legal team who can help you understand your rights and options.
At Murphy Law Firm LLC, we represent injured maritime workers throughout Louisiana. Our Baton Rouge maritime injury attorneys take a personalized approach to every case we take on. We will sit down with you, listen to your story, and then fight aggressively to help you get the compensation you need to provide for your family after a serious maritime or offshore injury or the wrongful death of a family member.
"Maritime employees work hard to support their families. We are proud to represent all types of maritime and offshore workers who have suffered serious personal injuries. We can handle commercial fisherman claims, diver accident claims, oil rig accident claims and other maritime injury or wrongful death claims. Don't be a victim twice by accepting less than full value for your case. Let us help you. Call me." ∙ Attorney Peyton Murphy ∙ Contact Murphy Law Firm
- Oil rigs
- Cruise ships
- Fishing boats
Options for Compensation
Although the laws are more complicated for injured maritime workers than for those hurt on land, there are options available for compensation for injured workers.
- Jones Act claims: If you are considered a "seaman" under the Jones Act, you could bring a lawsuit for damages in civil court against your employer. To be considered a "seaman" (a prerequisite for bringing a Jones Act claim), you must be a crew member of a "vessel" or assigned to a fleet of vessels. Among the requirements for being considered a "seaman," your work must contribute to the function of the vessel and your connection with the vessel must be substantial in duration and nature.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) claims: LHWCA claim are filed under workers' compensation, ensuring compensation for workers' medical costs and lost wages.
- Third-party liability claims: In many maritime injury cases, the accident was caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer or co-workers. Usually this involves faulty equipment caused by negligent design or manufacturing. If your injuries were caused by faulty equipment on the boat, you might be able to bring a third-party claim to increase your compensation award.
The insurance companies involved will fight hard to keep from paying you the compensation you deserve. We have a wealth of experience taking on these insurance companies to make sure our clients are fully and fairly compensated for their injuries and losses.
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