Louisiana Fishing Boat Accident Lawyers
Advocating for Louisiana Fishermen Since 1993
In 2016, the Coast Guard counted 4,463 accidents involving 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries and approximately $49 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. At Murphy Law Firm our experienced team of attorneys has been boating and fishing in the rivers and streams throughout Louisiana for decades. They are familiar with the rigs that light up the Gulf of Mexico and serve as the “honey-holes” to fisherman in Louisiana. Louisiana, nicknamed “Sportsman’s Paradise”, brings thousands of fishermen from all over the state and country. From private fishing boats, to commercial charters, and fishing boat tours− all bring local residents and tourists into the rivers and streams of Louisiana. Unfortunately, boating accidents happen quite often. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident call the experienced lawyers at Murphy Law Firm to find out if you can recover due to the negligence of another boater.
Commercial Fishing Accidents
Commercial fisherman working offshore in Louisiana are at risk of a number of occupational injuries, from slip-and-falls onboard to accidental drowning if the vessel capsizes. There are federal and state laws in place to improve the safety of commercial fishermen (including maritime laws), but they cannot guarantee zero worker injuries. If you’re one of many commercial fishers who suffered an injury while on the job, our lawyers may be able to help you secure compensation.
Hard-working fisherman crabbers, shrimpers, and other commercial seamen can typically find financial relief through the Jones Act. The Jones Act, or the Merchant Marine Act, is a federal statute that protects seamen against negligence at sea. The Jones Act is in existence to offer some form of damage recovery to seamen, since federal and state workers’ compensation laws do not apply. A “seaman” is defined as anyone who performs most of their job onboard a vessel (man or woman). To qualify under the Jones Act as a part-time fisherman, you must spend at least 30% of your time working on a fishing boat.
The Jones Act provides one of the only means of recovery to injured workers on fishing boats. It makes maritime employers liable for injuries seamen suffer due to negligence from the captain or coworkers. It is a seamen-centric law that aims to improve the rights of fishermen and maritime workers, and protect them in the event of accidents and injuries. This includes equipment-related injuries, slippery surfaces on the deck, a poorly maintained vessel, and unsafe working conditions. Suing under the Jones Act typically requires an attorney’s help.
Recreational Fishing Boat Accidents
If you are not a commercial fisherman, but rather a recreational fisherman, or someone who took part in a fishing excursion such as deep-sea fishing, your options for recovery are not much different than those of workers.
When personal or paid fishing trips involve negligence that leaves you hurt you need a personal injury attorney on your side. The accident might have stemmed from negligence on the part of the vessel owner, staff members, touring company, vessel manufacturer, or other entity. If this is the case, you need to know your rights. You could be eligible for compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Call our experienced lawyers for more information at 225-928-8800.