Louisiana is a hub for recreational boaters, ferry workers, cargo and supply vessels, oil rigs, and commercial fishing boats. With such a variety of watercraft it can be difficult to know how to recover your damages after a boating accident. When in doubt, call our experienced boating accident lawyers for advice at (225) 269-4928 to evaluate your case and inform you about your next steps going forward.
Boating accidents can cause collision-related injuries as well as drowning injuries. Check yourself and everyone else onboard for injuries such as concussions, lacerations, or accidental drowning.
If anyone has an injury or you suspect property damage greater than $500, the law requires you to report the incident immediately to state police or the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
If there was another boat involved, get the operator’s name and contact information. Write down the boat’s registration number as well. Take photos of property damage and other important factors if you can.
Boating accidents are similar to car accidents in that you should not admit fault to the other boater. Be polite, but don’t say anything about causing the wreck. Wait for authorities to arrive or for an insurance company to investigate the cause.
Depending on the nature of the accident, you might have serious personal injuries or thousands of dollars in property damage on the line. You need an aggressive personal injury attorney to help you negotiate a fair settlement or take your claim to trial if necessary.
If you and your family were on someone else’s boat, you can likely sue the boat’s operator for negligence. If you were on a tour boat of some kind, liability may fall on the company. You might also be able to bring a claim against other boaters, a rental company, part manufacturing company, or other passengers on the boat involved in causing the accident.
1. This Convention applies to all persons employed on board any vessel, other than a ship of war, registered in a territory for which this Convention is in force and ordinarily engaged in maritime navigation.
2. Provided that any Member of the International Labour Organisation may in its national laws or regulations make such exceptions as it deems necessary in respect of:
1. The shipowner shall be liable in respect of:
2. Provided that national laws or regulations may make exceptions to this in respect of:
3. National laws or regulations may provide that the shipowner shall not be liable in respect of sickness, or death directly attributable to sickness, if at the time of engagement the person employed refused to be medically examined.
1. The shipowner shall be liable to defray the expense of medical care and maintenance until the sick or injured person has been cured, or until the sickness or incapacity has been declared of a permanent character.
2. Provided that national laws or regulations may limit the liability of the shipowner to defray the expense of medical care and maintenance to a period which shall not be less than sixteen weeks from the day of the injury or the commencement of the sickness.
3. Provided also that, if there is in force in the territory in which the vessel is registered a scheme applying to seamen of compulsory sickness insurance, compulsory accident insurance or workmen’s compensation for accidents, national laws or regulations may provide:
1. The shipowner shall be liable to defray the expense of repatriating every sick or injured person who is landed during the voyage in consequence of sickness or injury.
2. The port to which the sick or injured person is to be returned shall be–(a) the port at which he was engaged; or
3. The expense of repatriation shall include all charges for the transportation, accommodation and food of the sick or injured person during the journey and his maintenance up to the time fixed for his departure.
4. If the sick or injured person is capable of work, the shipowner may discharge his liability to repatriate him by providing him with suitable employment on board a vessel proceeding to one of the destinations mentioned in paragraph 2 of this Article.
1. The shipowner shall be liable to defray burial expenses in case of death occurring on board, or in case of death occurring on shore if at the time of his death the deceased person was entitled to medical care and maintenance at the shipowner’s expense.
2. National laws or regulations may provide that burial expenses paid by the shipowner shall be reimbursed by an insurance institution in cases in which funeral benefit is payable in respect of the deceased person under laws or regulations relating to social insurance or workmen’s compensation.
1. In respect of the territories referred to in Article 35 of the Constitution of the International Labour Organisation, each Member of the Organisation which ratifies this Convention shall append to its ratification a declaration stating:
2. The undertakings referred to in subparagraphs (a) and (b) of paragraph 1 of this Article shall be deemed to be an integral part of the ratification and shall have the force of ratification.
3. Any Member may by a subsequent declaration cancel in whole or in part any reservations made in its original declaration in virtue of subparagraphs (b), (c) or (d) of paragraph 1 of this Article.
1. This Convention shall be binding only upon those Members of the International Labour Organisation whose ratifications have been registered with the Director-General.
2. It shall come into force twelve months after the date on which the ratifications of two Members have been registered with the Director-General.
3. Thereafter, this Convention shall come into force for any Member twelve months after the date on which its ratifications has been registered.
1. A Member which has ratified this Convention may denounce it after the expiration of ten years from the date on which the Convention first comes into force, by an act communicated to the Director-General of the International Labour Office for registration. Such denunciation shall not take effect until one year after the date on which it is registered.
2. Each Member which has ratified this Convention and which does not, within the year following the expiration of the period of ten years mentioned in the preceding paragraph, exercise the right of denunciation provided for in this Article, will be bound for another period of ten years and, thereafter, may denounce this Convention at the expiration of each period of ten years under the terms provided for in this Article.
1. Should the Conference adopt a new Convention revising this Convention in whole or in part, then, unless the new Convention otherwise provides:
2. This Convention shall in any case remain in force in its actual form and content for those Members which have ratified it but have not ratified the revising Convention.