oil rig injury and jones act claim lawyer for offshore injury settlements
Maritime and offshore platform injury law is very specialized and intricate. The level of effort and expertise needed to successfully prosecute a personal injury case under the Jones Act or Maritime Law is something only an experienced, committed maritime or platform injury attorney can provide. An individual who is injured offshore must speak to an attorney that has the knowledge and the background to be able to assist them. There are various laws that apply to offshore/maritime injuries including:
- The Jones Act
- The Longshoremen Benefit Act
- The State Workmen's Act
- Maritime Tropical
The recovery under these acts or statutes is complex. Much of it depends on the details of your specific case. It is imperative to choose a strong, knowledgeable law firm that can review the facts of your case, understand the complexities of the laws, and pursue a legal path that will get you the best result possible.
As experienced Louisiana offshore injury attorneys, we can assist with these personal injury claims and guide you through the complexities of your case.
WHAT LAWS APPLY TO MARITIME AND OFFSHORE INJURIES?
- The Jones Act (46 U.S.C. §688) - A worker who is a member of a crew of either traditional or non-traditional vessels, such as floating and drilling rigs and spud barges, has a right to assert a claim for personal injury damages arising from a negligent act by his employer or co-workers.
- Under the Jones Act, injured crew members and seamen can recover damages for personal injuries, including pain and suffering, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. If employer negligence played any part in causing the injury, that employer is liable.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Section 905 (b) - Individuals injured while being transported to and from offshore facilities also have rights under maritime law. If they are injured through a wrongful or negligent act of the vessel, they may prosecute a claim with Louisiana. This law allows individuals to assert claims for full damages, even while receiving worker's compensation and medical benefits from their employers.
- According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of the adjoining state governs workers injured while working on a fixed offshore platform that is attached to the ocean bottom. Therefore, offshore platforms and tension-leg platforms located off the coast of Louisiana are considered artificial islands governed by Louisiana law.