Louisiana Maritime Accident & Injury LawyersFighting For The Rights of the Injured
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in an accident? If so, our experienced Louisiana accident injury lawyers may be able to help. But you have to contact us right away. Learn more about our law firm and the types of accident injury cases we represent below.
Louisiana Maritime Accident & Injury Lawyers
Fighting For The Rights of the Injured
Louisiana Maritime Attorneys – Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in an off shore accident, we can help. Insurance companies are not your friends, regardless of what they portray in television commercials. The maritime lawyers at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault have been fighting for the rights of accident victims for over 40 years. Learn more below.
Neblett, Beard & Arsenault has a team of lawyers that handle maritime/offshore injury legal cases. If a worker on an oil rig was injured from work and is seeking compensation, we help that injured worker obtain the most possible compensation that’s available to them. Often times if these workers don’t hire a good law firm, they’ll be given little amounts of compensation to cover their injuries. We can help, if you’ve been injured from an accident offshore, or coming to shore we’re ready to talk.
Legal systems around the world recognize that the law of the land does not necessarily apply well at sea. For injuries and other legal issues that arise offshore or on an inland waterway, maritime law is often used to settle legal disputes.
Maritime law covers marine shipping, commerce, and the transportation of passengers. Maritime law also covers the operation of offshore oil rigs and docks. That means that any injury sustained in a maritime context, by a passenger or a worker, in a commercial or recreational context, may fall under admiralty, another legal term for maritime law.
Jones Act Maritime Law & Other Louisiana Related Laws
In Louisiana, several laws protect those who have been injured in a maritime or offshore incident. Federal legislation includes the Jones Act. Enacted in 1920, this law allows seamen who are injured on the job to bring a personal injury lawsuit against their employer. Atypically for maritime laws, plaintiffs have rights to a jury trial under the Jones Act.
For those not covered by the Jones Act (such as harbor workers), the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) fills in the gap by guaranteeing workers’ compensation for on-the-job maritime injuries. Benefits are paid out either through the employer’s insurance or through the Department of Labor.
Under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), if someone dies at sea because of the negligence of another person, the family of the deceased may bring a suit against the negligent party. The negligent party could be a company or an individual. Like the Jones Act and the LHWCA, DOHSA is federal law.
With a long coastline and an economy that relies heavily on fishing and offshore oil, maritime laws are important in Louisiana. Many workers in the state are protected under the Jones Act. The state of Louisiana also has its own strict regulations on boating and shipping safety equipment to protect both recreational boaters and workers. If these regulations are violated, the negligent party may be held responsible.
FAQs Regarding Maritime Law
Question: What should I do if I have suffered a maritime injury?
Answer: You should seek medical attention, taking care to thoroughly document your injuries. You should also seek legal advice to make sure your rights are protected.
Question: How do I know if I’m protected under the Jones Act?
Answer: If you are a “seaman,” you are protected. Generally, this means you are connected to a particular vessel or fleet and spend a significant portion of your working time at sea.
Question: What if I was injured because of an unsafe vessel?
Answer: Sometimes, injuries occur not because of a specific individual’s negligence, but because the vessel was unseaworthy or the crew unqualified. In this case, you may bring an unseaworthiness claim.
Question: If I work on a rig or a dredge, am I protected under the Jones Act?
Answer: Yes. According to the Jones Act, those are sea vessels.
Question: What if my “injury” was in fact illness due to chemical inhalation or other dangerous exposure?
Answer: Legally, this can still be considered an injury, and you may still bring a personal injury claim.
Question: If I’m a dockworker or a longshoreman, am I protected under the law?
Answer: Dockworkers are not specifically protected under the Jones Act, but they are protected by the LHWCA. If you were injured, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.
Question: What if my employer contests my workers’ compensation claim?
Answer: If you are being denied compensation, you should seek an attorney’s help to protect your rights.
Question: How quickly do I need to file a claim?
Answer: You should file as soon as possible and be sure to meet all deadlines. Louisiana has statutes of limitation (limits on how long after the injury you may file) that vary according to the type of vessel and what you are suing for.
Question: What kind of damages might I receive?
Answer: In a personal injury case under the Jones Act, you can receive damages for medical expenses, lost earnings, pains and suffering, disfigurement, and more.
Question: Why do I need an attorney if I suffered a maritime injury?
Answer: Often, whoever is responsible for your injury will want to avoid compensating you. That party will likely have a litigation team, so it’s important to have an attorney on your side who will pursue the compensation you deserve.
How Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured at sea due to another person’s negligence, the maritime injury lawyers at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can help. We have extensive maritime law experience and will work hard on your behalf, both in and out of the courtroom. We work with clients in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe, Lafayette, Alexandria and across the entire state.
Contact us to schedule your free consultation. You truly did find the best law firm if you’re seeking a maritime injury lawyer. Call (318) 561-2500 today.
Why Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Is Your Best Choice
You have a lot of choices when it comes to personal injury attorneys in the South-Central U.S., so why choose us? Our results speak for themselves. Through our commitment and dedication, we are able to negotiate maximum settlements for our clients and we take pride in holding negligent parties responsible for the injuries they have caused. At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you can expect:
- Experience in all areas of injury law. Our team of attorneys has handled every type of personal injury claim—from motor vehicle accidents to nursing home abuse—and we will match our experience to your specific case. You can rest assured that we understand the best approach for your unique claim, and we will pull out all the stops to fight for you.
- Commitment to clients. We value each and every one of our clients as an individual and our entire team—from our friendly receptionist to our highly skilled attorneys—will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. You will always feel like you are our top priority, and we will see your case through to the end.
- Maximum results. Our many years of experience and knowledge of the law allow us to evaluate the strength of your case and adopt the best strategy to pursue the maximum settlement available. If more than one party may be held responsible for your injuries, we will file multiple claims to make sure you get every penny you are owed to help you recover and support your family.
While our large staff and comprehensive services offer the advantages of a big law firm, our personalized service and individual attention give our clients the feeling of a small-town family firm. With Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you get the best of both worlds!
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Over $1 Million Recovered Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer
$2 Million Estimated Recovery for Asbestos-Related Claim
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Auto Accident Injury Claim Involving Multiple Broken Bones
$4.5 Million Recovered for Brain Injury Related to Truck Accident
$65 Million Settlement for Injuries Due to Train Derailment
Recovered for a Worker Injured in a Plant Explosion
We’ve Recovered Over $10 Billion Dollars For Injury Victims
There are a number of personal injury law firms throughout the state of Louisiana. However, not all of them can claim they have won more than $10 Billion Dollars for their clients, but we can. That’s because we’ve been fighting for the rights of accident victims for more than 4 decades. Click the button below to view all of our case results. Or, if you have questions about a potential injury claim, give us a call at (318) 561-2500.
Notable Settlements & Recoveries
$1 Billion Dollar Pinnacle Hip Implant Verdict
$502 Million Pinnacle Hip Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson
$330 Million Post Katrina Oil Spill Settlement
$100 Million Recovery for Gasoline With High Sulphur Content
$9 Billion Verdict Against Eli Lilly and Takeda
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Located in the central Louisiana city of Alexandria, our office is convenient to residents of Texas and Mississippi as well as all Louisianans. Fill out the form on this page to connect with us and we will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your case. No claim is too big or too small for us to handle with personal attention and skill.