Maritime Accident and Injury Lawyers

jones act lawNeblett, 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 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.
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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.
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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

Maritime Injury Lawyer ready to helpIf you or a loved one has been injured at sea due to another person’s negligence, the maritime injury lawyers at Neblett, Beard and Arsenault can help. We have extensive maritime law experience, and we’ll 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 set up a consultation. You truly did find the best law firm if you’re seeking a maritime injury lawyer. Call (318) 561-2500 today to schedule a consultation. 

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Louisiana injured accident victims have rights, and the attorneys of Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault want to help fight for them. Our attorneys understand that serious accident injuries can have a long-lasting impact on your life, and we will work hard to help you obtain compensation for your medical costs, property damage, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.
Personal injury cases can arise from a wide variety of accidents and other situations. Car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, exposure to toxic substances, and more are all avoidable circumstances that can lead to the unnecessary injury to a victim. Often, victims suffer serious injuries that leave them facing a difficult recovery or even a permanent disability. When that happens, victims should be able to focus on their health and recovery, not the complex and often frustrating details of a legal case.
When you are injured or become ill because of a dangerous drug, defective medical device, or a toxic consumer product, you are very likely not the only person to suffer. When a product harms a large number of people, a court may determine that the case can be filed as a mass tort action, which saves time, effort, and money for each individual plaintiff. Our mass tort attorneys are prepared to take on major manufacturers to get you the compensation you deserve.

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 16 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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