If you are an injured offshore worker in New Orleans, Louisiana, the consequences of your injury – physically, emotionally, and financially – can impact you and your family for the rest of your life.
Here at the Maritime Injury Law Firm, we work fervently to ensure that injured workers receive the compensation they are entitled to.
Types of offshore injury accidents in Louisiana
At the Maritime Injury Law Firm, we cover a variety of different types of Louisiana offshore injury cases and are happy to help you fight for what you deserve.
Here are some of the types of cases we can help with:
1. Injuries that occur while working on an oil rig
Oil rig workers work out at sea, with large, heavy machinery – and surfaces are often wet, greasy, and quite frankly hazardous.
Add inclement weather and long hours into the mix, and it can quite often be a recipe for disaster. Many of these workers slip and fall, suffering extensive injuries that affect them long-term.
The Maritime Injury Law Firm works to ensure these workers obtain compensation for their injuries, highlighting negligence on the employer’s part when working conditions have not been ideal.
2. Accidents that happen while on a vessel that is out at sea
Common accidents on a vessel out at sea include:
- diving incidents,
- chemical burns,
- falling objects,
- falls, and
- accidents while fishing
Under the Jones Act, many of these injuries qualify for maintenance and cure benefits, covering medical costs and daily living expenses. Many different factors could affect this type of compensation, which is why if you live in New Orleans, Louisiana, consulting the Maritime Injury Law Firm is vital to your case.
3. Longshoreman injuries
Longshoreman injuries often happen while workers handle cargo, navigate different surfaces, and maneuver gear and equipment.
These injuries require detailed knowledge of the law since you must meet certain conditions to receive compensation.
Here at the Maritime Injury Law Firm, we have the experience necessary to ensure that these claims are filed both quickly and correctly so that you receive the total compensation due.
Which laws apply to offshore worker injuries in New Orleans, Louisiana?
Depending on your line of work, different laws may apply to your injury claim, which is why it is crucial to hire an experienced offshore injury attorney.
- The Jones Act: This comprehensive piece of legislation provides compensation for injured seamen (and the families of seamen that killed on the job) so that they can receive compensation for medical costs and lost wages.
- Maintenance and Cure: Refers to the compensation an injured seaman can receive for daily living expenses and medical care. It is important to note that maintenance and cure benefits do not last forever – they only last until the employee has improved to the maximum amount – whether they can return to work or not.
- Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA): This law covers workers not covered under the Jones Act. It provides disability and medical compensation for accidents as long as the accident is not the result of employee negligence.
- Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA): Provides temporary compensation for medical treatment and a percentage of lost wages for workers on the outer continental shelf.
- Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA): For family members killed in wrongful death incidents or working in international waters.
Contact the Maritime Injury Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation
The Maritime Injury Law firm understands each of these laws in great detail and is dedicated to applying the law accurately so that you and your family receive the full compensation you deserve.
Do not delay if you are an injured offshore worker in New Orleans, Louisiana, or anywhere throughout the Gulf Coast. Contact the Maritime Injury Law Firm today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.