Baton Rouge Maritime Accident Lawyers
Baton Rouge Maritime Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico or in an accident onshore connected to maritime work, we urge you to obtain legal representation immediately. You may be entitled to compensation under maritime law. Unfortunately, maritime law is complex, and those who are responsible for your injury understand how to make the law work for them and against you.
At Murphy Law Firm, our highly skilled Baton Rouge maritime accident lawyers have decades of experience successfully helping injured workers obtain full compensation for the harm they have suffered. We understand that you have already been the victim of an accident once, and we don’t want you to be a victim twice ─ this time at the hands of corporate employers or insurance companies that want to take advantage of you. Don’t lose out to the legal system.
Contact our dedicated Louisiana maritime law attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss of how we can help you. We will show you why our firm is different, why our attorneys are so widely respected, and why clients frequently refer us to their friends and family. Call or fill out our online form today to get started.
We Stand Up and Fight for Offshore Workers and Longshoremen
You could spend years in and around the Gulf and never hear much more than the names of the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), or other maritime laws until an accident happens to you. However, once you have been seriously hurt in a boating or diving accident, on an oil rig or a dock, or elsewhere around the water, specialized maritime law dictates your financial future.
Our Baton Rouge maritime accident lawyers have a well-earned reputation for fighting for full compensation for our clients, who often include:
- Seamen (AB and OS), deckhands, pilots, and other crew members from a qualifying vessel or assigned to a fleet of vessels
- Longshoreman who load and unload cargo from ships in port
- Harbor workers whose job keeps them directly engaged in such maritime activities as building ships, repairing ships, and operating cranes and forklifts
- Platform / oil rig workers from roustabouts to mechanics, welders, electricians, surveyors, crane operators, engineers, drillers, tool pushers, camp bosses, rig administrators, and others
- Commercial divers / oil divers
Insurance companies, employers, and others associated with your accident will work hard to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. However, our team will work aggressively to make sure you do not become a victim twice.
Types of Maritime Accident Cases We Handle
Louisiana is a hub for maritime activity, and our Baton Rouge maritime injury lawyers have successfully handled many different types of cases during our long careers. Some of the typical offshore and maritime cases we take include:
- Oil Rig and Platform Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Charter Vessel Accidents
- Crew Boat Injuries
- Cruise Ship Injuries
- Dredging Vessel Injuries
- Ferry Boat Accidents
- Fishing Boat Accidents
- Supply Vessel Accidents
- Tug Barge Accidents
- Diving Accidents
- Commercial Fisherman Claims
- Crew Wage Claims
- Deck Hand Injury Claims
- Maintenance and Cure Claims
- Maritime Liens
If you or a loved one has been hurt in any type of maritime accident, contact Murphy Law Firm today to learn about your rights to compensation. We prepare each case with a battle plan and are not afraid to go to trial. If insurers do not come forward with a maritime accident settlement offer that provides everything you need to get your life back on track, we will be ready to fight it out in court.
Don’t be a victim twice. Insurance companies and their lawyers know the fight they’ll face when they come up against Murphy Law Firm. Get on the offense with your accident claim. Schedule a free consultation now.
Maritime Law and Louisiana Gulf Workers
Maritime law requires that ship owners compensate injured or ill seamen (crew members) for medical care. It also specifies that those who are willfully and arbitrarily denied maintenance and cure may be able to obtain additional compensation.
Multiple federal laws address injury, sickness, lack of seaworthiness of a vessel, and other perils of living and working on the open seas and navigable waters of the United States and other countries. Similar laws apply to work done onshore to support maritime activities. Operators of pleasure boating, such as cruises and tours, have certain liability for injury, illness, and additional losses of paying customers as well as employees.
Some of the more important laws that may apply to your maritime accident and injuries include:
- Shipowners’ Liability Convention requires the owner of a vessel to see to the “maintenanceand cure” of seamen injured or taken ill aboard their ships or on land. The liability extends to land on the theory that a seaman must be allowed shore visits if he (or she) is to maintain the long periods at sea that the job requires.
- Jones Act allows seamen to seek compensation from their employer if negligence on the part of their employer or another crew member causes their work-related injury.
- Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) allows a seaman’s survivors to obtain compensation from responsible parties if the seaman’s death was caused by negligence, default, or wrongful act on the high seas, which is defined as waters “a marine league” or one-twentieth of a mile from shore.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides workers’ compensation benefits for maritime workers who are not seamen. This allows stevedores, workers who load and unload ships, and other shore workers to obtain compensation if they are injured while on the job.
- Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) allows an injured seaman to bring a lawsuit for incidents that occur on the Outer Continental Shelf. The outer continental shelf includes all submerged lands beyond state coastal waters (more than three miles from shore) but under U.S. jurisdiction.
In addition, the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) apply to liability for injury and loss, and safety standards, respectively, of cruise ships, including those registered outside the U.S.
These are complex laws with multiple caveats as to how or when they apply. But since 1993, the skilled maritime injury attorneys at Murphy Law Firm in Baton Rouge have helped clients with a variety of complex cases arising out of work in the Gulf of Mexico and ports and shipyards of Louisiana and other Gulf states.
Our attorneys know maritime law, and we know the challenges injured maritime workers face as they deal with recovery, medical bills, lost income, and questions as to whether and when they may return to work and the life they have known.
We will fight until every legal responsibility to you has been met. We will demand that the boat owner, rig owner, your employer, and the insurance companies pay the full amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.
Accidents happen in this kind of work; you knew the risks. But they agreed to make sure you were made right financially if you were hurt. Don’t be a victim twice.
Our Maritime Injury Lawyers Are Here for You
If you’ve been injured in a maritime accident, you’ve probably already heard a lot of double talk and dubious advice about what you should do. Let Murphy Law Firm give you the benefit of our knowledge and experience. Because we want you to have the information you need, we offer free, no-obligation legal consultations. We’ll answer your questions and address your concerns. We’ll tell you how we can help you, and be frank with you if we can’t.
If we pursue a claim for you, we’ll do so on a contingency-fee basis. You will not be asked to pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. Get a free consultation now by calling 225-928-8800 or filling out our easy contact form.