Intracoastal City Boat Accident
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If you are a crew member on a boat or barge and have been injured in an accident out of Intracoastal City, Louisiana during the course of your employment, you are protected by different laws that those who work on land. Maritime workers are protected by specific maritime law, and the Intracoastal City Boat Accident Lawyers of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards can help you navigate these laws and obtain the benefits you are entitled.
The four most common laws are The Jones Act, Maintenance and Cure, Unseaworthiness Doctrine and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. The Jones Act is a federal law, enacted by Congress in 1920, and it provides benefits and rights to those who qualify as seamen who are injured while working on a vessel, ship, boat or barge.
Do not assume you are not a Jones Act seaman, these laws are complex, but generally you must contribute to the operation of the vessel and spend at least 30 percent of your work aboard the ship. Contact our Intracoastal City Jones Act Lawyers to discuss your injury and the Jones Act benefits that are available to you if you have been injured.
The Jones Act provides for a process to file a claim and receive compensation for injuries from employers. Seamen have to prove negligence, either of the employer, fellow crewmen, or of equipment on the vessel as causing the injury. However, in a Jones Act claim, the plaintiff only must prove that the employer’s negligence played any part in the plaintiff’s injuries, however small. Damages under the Jones Act can include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost income
- Past and future pain and suffering
A family member can file a lawsuit on behalf of seaman if there has been a death as the result of negligence.
Under the Unseaworthiness Doctrine of General Maritime Law, if the ship, its equipment or its crewmembers are inadequate and a seaman is injured, the vessel is considered unseaworthy. The ship owner is responsible for the damages under this law, if the owner of the vessel is a different entity than the employer.
Every seaman who is injured or becomes ill while in the service of his vessel has the right under Federal Maritime Law to “maintenance and cure.”
“Maintenance” is a daily living allowance paid to a seaman while he is recovering from his injury or illness. Maintenance payments continue until a seaman has reached maximum medical improvement or until he is fit to return to duty at his previous level.
“Cure” is the term used for medical expenses associated with a seaman’s injury or illness. These expenses may include doctor and hospital bills, therapy expenses, nursing bills, MRI and CT scans, wheelchairs, diagnostic testing, pain clinics, transportation costs to and from the doctor, and other medical-related expenses. An injured seaman has the right choose his own doctor. The right to cure continues until the seaman has reached maximum medical improvement.
For those who don’t qualify as seamen but who work on docks, in shipyards, shipping terminals and ports near navigable waters, due to the dangerous nature of your work, you are covered by the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.
Injured in a Louisiana Maritime Accident? Make the Wright Call.
UNDERSTANDING JONES ACT CLAIMS FOR MARITIME WORKERS
The Intracoastal City Boat Accident Lawyers of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards have been working in Louisiana for over six decades. We are highly experienced in maritime law and legal matters in the offshore industry. We have helped injured barge workers, deck hands, drilling ship workers, commercial divers, and crane operators on drilling ships.
We understand the different jobs responsibilities of those who work both on vessels in inland waterways and offshore, and how injuries could be avoided. The ports in Louisiana are important to our state’s economy, but many of our neighbors who are seaman and longshore workers can be injured while working because of unsafe working conditions, vessels that are unseaworthy, or the negligence of their employers.
Working in the maritime industry is likely to be demanding, hard work, as is working offshore, but if you have been injured, you should be properly compensated. Injuries don’t just happen, and they aren’t part of your job description.
It is our experience over several decades that when a worker on a vessel is injured, your employer will have several attorneys on their side to protect their interests. You need experienced Intracoastal City Boat Worker Injury Lawyers experienced in all facets in maritime law and with the resources to conduct detailed investigations. We can help you and your family obtain the compensation you deserve after a serious work injury.
The Jones Act, maritime law, and maintenance and cure are federal laws that protect your rights after being injured. Contact our Intracoastal Boat Accident Lawyers for a free, confidential consultation today.
If you have been injured as a crew member in a boat accident, immediately seek legal representation. Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC offers a FREE consultation to evaluate your case. If you DO NOT recover damages, we DO NOT charge a fee.
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WHEN INJURED, YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE IS YOUR LAWYER.
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Unseaworthiness Claims & The Jones Act.
A vessel owner has a duty to maintain the ship in a seaworthy, or safe manner to ensure those employed on the vessel have a safe working environment. If the vessel, crew or equipment are found to be unseaworthy, then the seaman is entitled to additional compensation above the rewards for maintenance and cure.
This compensation can include damages for pain and suffering, loss or impairment of earning capacity and other losses attributable to the injury or illness and unseaworthy condition of the ship. Unlike a Jones Act claim, which is brought against the seaman’s employer, an unseaworthiness claim is made against the vessel owner.
COMMON INJURIES TO MARITIME WORKERS
Maritime workers and seamen are exposed to dangers each day on the job and as part of crews. Even with proper training, accidents can still occur, and these injuries are unfortunately among the most common:
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Brain Injuries
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Chemical Injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Hearing & Vision Loss
- Herniated Disc Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Repetitive Use Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Wrongful or Accidental Death
- Asbestos-related injuries, including Mesothelioma
JONES ACT REPRESENTATION FOR MARITIME WORKERS
If you were injured in a barge accident, on a tugboat or suffered an injury while employed on a ship, a floating structure or vessel, you could have a Jones Act claim. Don’t risk filing your Jones Act case until you have talked to an experienced, aggressive Intracoastal City Jones Act attorney with experience in all types of maritime accidents and the Jones Act.
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We can provide you with experienced legal guidance in all aspects of maritime law, and we offer free initial legal consultations. Federal law provides strong protection for injured maritime workers under the LHWCA and the Jones Act. Each comes with a statute of limitations and other specific procedures.
You should not wait to file your claim. The longer you wait, the easier it will be for your employer to argue that your injuries are unrelated to your work. You need professional legal representation to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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Experienced Intracoastal City Maritime Injury Lawyers. Make the Wright Call. Today. Call 337-291-HURT.
If you or a family member has been injured in a maritime accident, or for more information about LHWCA or Jones Act, contact the Intracoastal City Boat 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 lawyers handle maritime cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you never pay any legal fees unless we win compensation for you.
Our trial attorneys have helped maritime workers and injured clients from communities throughout Louisiana, including in Abbeville, Baton Rouge, Houma, Lake Charles, Lafayette, New Iberia and New Orleans.
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