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Working as a commercial diver is dangerous, demanding work. The complicated work – and the life – of a commercial diver depends on detailed planning, your equipment, the captain, the dive master, and the support of your crewmen to do their jobs and follow safety procedures. Negligence or failure of a critical piece of equipment can lead to catastrophic injury or death for the diver.
Commercial divers are dedicated professionals committed to following safe practices, and they know any failure can lead to death, or lifelong injuries and loss of work. The Commercial Diving Accident Lawyers of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC have decades of experience protecting the rights of commercial divers worldwide, offshore, inland and on land.
Commercial diving requires safety and expertise, and divers must be properly trained and supervised. The environment is complex, and it includes professionals working together on the surface and in the water, hours of safety planning, preparation and analysis, and highly technical equipment. There is no room to cut corners when it comes to safety or maintenance of equipment.
Representing commercial divers after an accident or injury demands attorneys who possess a wealth of experience helping those who have worked in the underwater and offshore work environment. Our attorneys also have a thorough understanding of the specialized medical care that professional divers who have been injured need to return to health.
The Louisiana Commercial Diving Accident Lawyers of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC have been representing commercial divers in the Gulf of Mexico and across the globe for decades, and we have recovered millions for diving accident and maritime accident victims. We have also represented wives, families and parents in maritime wrongful death claims.
Injured in a Commercial Diving Accident? Make the Wright Call.
Commercial divers are highly-trained professionals who commonly work near oil rigs, or building underwater pipelines, repairing and constructing bridges, dams, power plants and inland waterways. These divers are welders, they use power tools and other heavy equipment, often in low visibility and at depth in high pressure. Even for experienced commercial divers, it’s challenging work daily with many responsibilities. Accidents, injuries and fatalities are possible, but it is not part of the job description and it should not be accepted.
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, you need to immediately seek legal representation. Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC offers a FREE initial consultation to evaluate your case. If you DO NOT recover damages, we DO NOT charge a fee.
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If you have been injured as a commercial diver, contact our experienced Louisiana Commercial Diving Accident Lawyers to discuss your options. Commercial diving accident cases are often extremely complex. Federal maritime law will govern the majority of commercial diving cases. The legal status of the diver will be analyzed by our team of lawyers, including your location when you suffered your injury, the type of vessel or work platform you operated from, and your connection to that vessel. All are factors indicating your rights to compensation for your injuries.
The Jones Act entitles divers to recover monetary damages when showing that the injury is attributable to an unseaworthy vessel or negligence on the part of his or her employer or its agent or a fellow employee. Often, a commercial diving injury could have been prevented if proper training, the performance of the support crew and safe equipment were all aligned while a professional diver performed his duties.
In many commercial diving cases, a point of contention will be if the diver qualifies as a Jones Act seaman or is classified as a longshore or harbor worker. Jones Act coverage can rely on the location of your accident, relationship with your employer – whether full-time, a contract worker or is an independent – the type of vessel or platform the dive originated from, and whether the companies or entities have acted negligently.
Many offshore commercial divers qualify for protection under the Jones Act, and may recover damages for past pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, medical expenses and lost earning potential. The Jones Act and the unseaworthiness doctrine are laws created to provide full compensation to seamen, including commercial divers who have legal status as seamen.
The Jones Act gives working seamen the right to full damages for the negligence of the owner, the master or fellow crew members. Negligence can include failure to adequately hire, train or staff the vessel, not providing proper or adequate gear, protective clothing or equipment for the job, failure to follow or enforce safety measures – including the removal of safety features on machines – improper maintenance of the ship and its equipment, and working in heavy weather.
Under the Jones Act, if negligence is established, a commercial diver can recover all past and future wages that he loses as a result of his injury.
In a commercial diving accident case, it is our law firm’s experience through decades of experience in these cases that keeping all of the equipment involved is extremely important – as is an early investigation and taking statements from witnesses. We are committed to representing injured or killed commercial divers and helping their family members. We also have the resources to put together a team of experts to support your case and recover the damages that you and your loved ones deserve.
- Jones Act Coverage
- Maritime Law
- Decompression Illness (DCI)
- Pain & Suffering, Past & Future Lost Wages, Medical Expenses
- Wrongful Death Claims
Commercial divers in the oil and gas industry build and maintain offshore platforms, underwater structures, pipelines and support drilling operations. These divers use advanced equipment, perform repairs and need training and support for all of their operations. It is a hazardous work environment with the possibility of fires, spills, burns from welding equipment, collisions with dive boats and jet sleds.
Crew members with insufficient training, air supply hoses that become tangled or cut, safety equipment that malfunctions, and improper planning increase the risk for commercial divers below the surface. Not to mention the inherent risks for the diver in the underwater environment.
Besides the equipment and construction conditions in which they work, commercial divers spend a lot of time underwater with the risks drowning, hypothermia, circulatory problems, and poor visibility. Hazards for commercials divers while below the surface include decompression illness (DCI), arterial gas embolism, as well as vestibular pulmonary and non-pulmonary barotraumas.
Barotrauma occurs when the body is unable to equalize pressure within a gas-filled area, such as the lungs. Ambient pressure changes during ascent and descent for dives, and the difference in pressure can result in damage to body tissues.
Decompression sickness (DCS), also referred to as “the bends” or Caisson Disease, can occur when inadequate decompression follows increased exposure to underwater pressure. The diver’s body absorbs nitrogen and other gases, which can form bubbles when pressure is reduced quickly. Mild cases of DCS involve bubbles near the joints, and this can include a skin rash or marbling. More severe cases occur when the bubbles enter the bloodstream. DCS can be categorized as Type I or Type II.
Type II DCS will typically involve the spinal cord or brain and affects neurological and pulmonary systems. Severe diving accidents require divers to enter a recompression treatment chamber. If not treated properly, conditions such as an air embolism or decompression sickness can be fatal.
Whether you are seeking compensation for your own injury as a commercial diver, or on behalf of a loved one, an experienced Louisiana Commercial Diving Accident Attorney with Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC can provide you with an honest assessment of your case. Make the Wright Call. Call 337-291-HURT.
We Are Experienced Commercial Diving Accident Attorneys. Make the Wright Call. Today. Call 337-291-HURT.
If you or a family member has been injured in a commercial diving accident, or you seek more information about protecting your rights under the Jones Act, contact the Louisiana Commercial Diving Accident Lawyers for a free consultation at Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC by calling toll-free 1-800-375-6186 or locally at 337-291-HURT.
Our dedicated trial attorneys have helped commercial divers worldwide and across the Gulf Coast, as well as injured clients from communities throughout Louisiana, including in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, New Iberia and New Orleans.
Louisiana Commercial Diving Lawyers