If you’ve been hurt while working offshore, the first thing that you should do is contact a Louisiana offshore injury attorney. Working offshore is important and satisfying work, but we all know it can be dangerous. Offshore and maritime injuries happen when companies don’t take the time to maintain equipment, properly train employees, or keep premises free of hazards. Unfortunately, offshore workers are frequently injured all along the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River while working on platforms, tugboats, shrimp boats, barges, trawlers, crew boats, jack-up rigs, and other vessels.
Preventable injuries happen during diving operations, basket transfers, line handling, slip-and-falls, equipment failures, fires, vessel collisions, and explosions. Sadly, offshore and maritime accidents can often lead to critical injuries and even death.
But because offshore work is often dangerous, offshore and maritime workers are protected by powerful laws that provide them with ways to be compensated for their injuries:
MAINTENANCE AND CURE CLAIMS: Seamen are also entitled to “maintenance” (payments for day-to-day living expenses) and “cure” (payments for medical expenses) from their employers. Click here to learn more.
UNSEAWORTHINESS CLAIMS: Seamen may also pursue unseaworthiness claims against the vessel owner or operator (even if the owner or operator wasn’t their employer) if a condition on the vessel causes injury. Click here to learn more.
LONGSHORE AND HARBOR WORKERS COMPENSATION ACT (LHWCA) CLAIMS: Even if an injured maritime worker does not qualify for a seaman status, he or she may still be able to pursue a claim for benefits (such as medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation expenses) under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Click here to learn more.
Determining if a worker qualifies for seaman status or if he or she is entitled to compensation under the LHWCA can be complicated. Making matters even more complicated, an injured worker can still bring claims against third parties (such as equipment manufacturers) for his or her injuries. Because of these difficulties, you should always check with a New Orleans offshore injury attorney to fully understand your rights.
Contact a New Orleans Offshore Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured while working offshore, call The Mahone Firm at (504) 564-7342 so can talk about your case with a Louisiana offshore injury lawyer and start working to get you compensated for your losses.