The Houma office of L. Clayton Burgess has experienced offshore injury and personal injury attorneys ready to help you. If you have been injured in and offshore accident, inland water accident, boat accident, or land rig accident, you might need an experienced lawyer in the Houma area to fight on your behalf.
Unlike almost all land-based workers, seamen are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under either state or federal law. Because injured seamen cannot file workers’ compensation claims against their employers, the only compensation that they are legally entitled to receive for their injuries is through the Jones Act and the general maritime law.
The Jones Act is a federal law that gives seamen who were injured in the course of their employment the right to sue their employer for personal injury damages. A “seaman” is anyone who works as a member of a crew on a vessel. A “vessel” includes a ship, barge, dredge, trawler, tug, fishing boat, and other types of movable watercraft. The vessel doesn’t have to move under its own power, or be moving all the time. Oil rigs, semi-submersible rigs, and jack-up rigs are considered vessels under the Jones Act.
A substantial number of maritime workers in Louisiana and Texas employed in shipping, dredging, maintenance and the oil and gas industry are injured every year. If you have been injured in an offshore / marine incident, don’t delay! Call Clay now at 985-205-3448 or fill out our contact us form! Our personal injury personal injury attorneys provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.
We can help in evaluating liability factors, such as:
- Failing to properly train seamen
- Failing to hire qualified harbor workers
- Failing to maintain proper safety equipment
- Failing to follow or enforce standard safety procedures
- Failing to properly maintain the vessel
The Jones Act offers you the full measure of coverage for any injury you suffer, including back injury, neck injury, broken bones, head injury, hand injury, brain injury, burns and spinal cord injury. Your right to compensation is limited only by the extent of your injury, and may include:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of physical capacity
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of household services