INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO.
South Louisiana, home to an environment unlike any other, is not called the “Sportsman’s Paradise” for nothing. The state is well stocked with fish and wildlife as diverse as the people who live there. Peyton Murphy, a lifelong Louisiana resident has been boating on Louisiana’s southern waterways for over 50 years. According to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Louisiana has 4,000,000 acres of lakes, 40,000 miles of rivers and 7,000 miles of coastline. With an estimated 300,000 registered boats on Louisiana waterways accidents are inevitable. Murphy Law Firm has an extensive history of successful cases and substantial client settlements in all manner of civil claims involving boating accidents.
Our motto at Murphy Law Firm is “Don’t be a victim twice!”: after a boating accident or injury, we help our clients manage insurance claim concerns, workers’ compensation, and other legal issues that can make recovery harder after an injury. If you’ve been injured and are thinking about hiring a personal injury attorney to defend your rights after a boating accident, hire Peyton Murphy, an experienced boater who has chartered the Louisiana waters for years.
As boating accident lawyers, we are confident in our abilities because of the wealth of experience our attorneys have gained from years of serving clients in the Baton Rouge area and throughout Louisiana. Our new clients come from referrals from existing clients who have seen firsthand the extensive resources and experience our personal injury lawyers, supporting staff, and investigators have supplied. Our past clients know that we fight aggressively to secure the maximum possible recovery for our clients in all types of civil actions including boating accidents, personal injury lawsuits, product liability claims, medical malpractice claims, wrongful death claims, and maritime law violations.
Boaters, fishers, and swimmers can enjoy everything from deep sea fishing to kayaking through the famous swamps in Louisiana. Yet not every boater is prepared, capable, or willing to uphold waterway rules and stay safe while enjoying a day on the water.
What to Do After a Boating Accident
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) 928-8800 to evaluate your case and inform you about your next steps going forward.
Steps to protect your rights after a boating accident:
Check for Injuries
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.
Report the Accident
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.
Ask for Information
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.
Don’t Admit Fault
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.
Talk to a Boating Accident Lawyer
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.
The clients were involved in a boating accident on Bayou Sorrel. Plaintiff underwent a cervical fusion, two shoulder surgeries, and sustained a head injury. The defense argued the passenger on the boat experienced post-concussion syndrome that should have resolved within 6 months. The passenger’s case settled for $1.95 million and the operator of the boat was paid $275,000. The passenger’s case was settled 5 days before trial.
*Results May Vary*
Boating Accident Lawyers in Baton Rouge
Boat accidents off the coast of Louisiana often fall under the jurisdiction of “maritime law,” or law encompassing incidents that happen on open waters. If your boating accident happened somewhere other than open waters, state laws will preside over your claim. The boating accident attorneys at Murphy Law Firm, have experience handling both bodies of law and can help you understand your options according to the appropriate one. If you need maritime lawyers, we’re your local Baton Rouge firm. Call (225) 928-8800 to get in touch with an experienced boating accident attorney.
DEATH ON THE HIGH SEAS ACT (DOHSA)
46 U.S. Code CHAPTER 303—DEATH ON THE HIGH SEAS
§ 30301. Short title
§ 30302. Cause of action
§ 30303. Amount and apportionment of recovery
§ 30304. Contributory negligence
§ 30305. Death of plaintiff in pending action
§ 30306. Foreign cause of action
§ 30307. Commercial aviation accidents
§ 30308. Nonapplication
SHIPOWNER’ LIABILITY CONVENTION
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–(a) persons employed on board,
(i) vessels of public authorities when such vessels are not engaged in trade;
(ii) coastwise fishing boats;
(iii) boats of less than twenty-five tons gross tonnage;
(iv) wooden ships of primitive build such as dhows and junks;
(b) persons employed on board by an employer other than the shipowner;
(c) persons employed solely in ports in repairing, cleaning, loading or unloading vessels;
(d) members of the shipowner’s family;
1. The shipowner shall be liable in respect of–(a) sickness and injury occurring between the date specified in the articles of agreement for reporting for duty and the termination of the engagement;
(b) death resulting from such sickness or injury.
2. Provided that national laws or regulations may make exceptions in respect of–(a) injury incurred otherwise than in the service of the ship;
(b) injury or sickness due to the wilful act, default or misbehaviour of the sick, injured or deceased person;
(c) sickness or infirmity intentionally concealed when the engagement is entered into.
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.
For the purpose of this Convention, medical care and maintenance at the expense of the shipowner comprises–
(a) medical treatment and the supply of proper and sufficient medicines and therapeutical appliances; and
(b) board and lodging.
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–(a) that a shipowner shall cease to be liable in respect of a sick or injured person from the time at which that person becomes entitled to medical benefits under the insurance or compensation scheme;
(b) that the shipowner shall cease to be liable from the time prescribed by law for the grant of medical benefits under the insurance or compensation scheme to the beneficiaries of such schemes, even when the sick or injured person is not covered by the scheme in question, unless he is excluded from the scheme by reason of any restriction which affects particularly foreign workers or workers not resident in the territory in which the vessel is registered.
1. Where the sickness or injury results in incapacity for work the shipowner shall be liable–(a) to pay full wages as long as the sick or injured person remains on board;
(b) if the sick or injured person has dependants, to pay wages in whole or in part as prescribed by national laws or regulations from the time when he is landed until he has been cured or 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 pay wages in whole or in part in respect of a person no longer on board 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–(a) that a shipowner shall cease to be liable in respect of a sick or injured person from the time at which that person becomes entitled to cash benefits under the insurance or compensation scheme;
(b) that the shipowner shall cease to be liable from the time prescribed by law for the grant of cash benefits under the insurance or compensation scheme to the beneficiaries of such schemes, even when the sick or injured person is not covered by the scheme in question, unless he is excluded from the scheme by reason of any restriction which affects particularly foreign workers or workers not resident in the territory in which the vessel is registered.
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
(b) the port at which the voyage commenced; or
(c) a port in his own country or the country to which he belongs; or
(d) another port agreed upon by him and the master or shipowner, with the approval of the competent authority.
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.
National laws or regulations shall require the shipowner or his representative to take measures for safeguarding property left on board by sick, injured or deceased persons to whom this Convention applies.
National laws or regulations shall make provision for securing the rapid and inexpensive settlement of disputes concerning the liability of the shipowner under this Convention.
The shipowner may be exempted from liability under Articles 4, 6 and 7 of this Convention in so far as such liability is assumed by the public authorities.
This Convention and national laws or regulations relating to benefits under this Convention shall be so interpreted and enforced as to ensure equality of treatment to all seamen irrespective of nationality, domicile or race.
Nothing in this Convention shall affect any law, award, custom or agreement between shipowners and seamen which ensures more favourable conditions than those provided by this Convention.
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–
(a) the territories in respect of which it undertakes to apply the provisions of the Convention without modification;
(b) the territories in respect of which it undertakes to apply the provisions of the Convention subject to modifications, together with details of the said modifications;
(c) the territories in respect of which the Convention is inapplicable and in such cases the grounds on which it is inapplicable;
(d) the territories in respect of which it reserves its decision.
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.
The formal ratifications of this Convention shall be communicated to the Director-General of the International Labour Office for registration.
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.
As soon as the ratifications of two Members of the International Labour Organisation have been registered, the Director-General of the International Labour Office shall so notify all the Members of the International Labour Organisation. He shall likewise notify them of the registration of ratifications which may be communicated subsequently by other Members of the Organisation.
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.
At such times as it may consider necessary the Governing Body of the International Labour Office shall present to the General Conference a report on the working of this Convention and shall examine the desirability of placing on the agenda of the Conference the question of its revision in whole or in part.
1. Should the Conference adopt a new Convention revising this Convention in whole or in part, then, unless the new Convention otherwise provides:
(a) the ratification by a Member of the new revising Convention shall ipso jure involve the immediate denunciation of this Convention, notwithstanding the provisions of Article 17 above, if and when the new revising Convention shall have come into force;
(b) as from the date when the new revising Convention comes into force this Convention shall cease to be open to ratification by the Members.
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.
The French and English texts of this Convention shall both be authentic.