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The Port Fourchon Maritime Injury Lawyers of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards have decades of experience representing injured maritime workers and helping you get the compensation you are entitled. Working out of Port Fourchon and the waterways in Louisiana is strenuous work under exhausting and dangerous conditions. Maritime workers perform their duties in all types of weather, under heavy stress and for long hours. These conditions create work-related injuries that are often serious.

PORT FOURCHON JONES ACT LAWYERS

The admiralty and maritime attorneys of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards are experienced in handling maritime lawsuits in Louisiana and federal courts, as well as courts around the nation and internationally. We have represented vessel captains, engineers, crewmen, deckhands, commercial divers and other workers under the Jones Act, in addition to general maritime claims for unseaworthiness, maintenance and cure, and negligence.

The Jones Act is another name for the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, a law enacted by Congress to protect the rights of the country’s ship crew members and seamen. The Jones Act entitles employees who are injured while working on vessels to collect damages for their employer’s negligence. The Jones Act applies to any seaman, or person working on a vessel such as a barge, towboat, ship, rig, floating crane, fishing vessel, tugboat, or other floating maritime structure.

The Jones Act provides automatic “maintenance and cure” benefits for injured seamen, and it entitles seamen to seek full compensation when their employer or someone else is to blame for their injuries.

As part of maintenance and cure, a seaman may receive compensation for transportation and wages, as well as for medical coverage, until the employee has reached “maximum medical cure.” This occurs when further medical treatment will no longer improve the seaman’s condition. When a seaman is injured due to negligence on the employer’s behalf, he or she may also receive damages for pain and suffering or lost wages.

General maritime law may provide compensation for injuries or death when the vessel in question is found “unseaworthy” in some respect. A vessel is considered unseaworthy when the vessel or its crew was not reasonably fit for their intended purpose and the defect caused or contributed to the seaman’s injuries.

The Port Fourchon maritime injury attorneys of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards are highly experienced at representing injured offshore workers and getting the maximum compensation entitled under law. We can help you successful pursue a claim. You may be entitled to recover lost past wages, lost future earning capacity, past and future medical and rehabilitative expenses, and financial compensation for past and future pain, suffering, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Our offshore injury lawyers have represented workers in the oil & gas industry since 1957. Port Fourchon currently services over 90 percent of the Gulf of Mexico’s deep-water oil production, and the port plays a key role in providing our nation with about 18 percent of its oil supply. The maritime lawyers of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards have represented deckhands, barge workers, commercial divers, seamen, crane operators and production platform workers.

Injured in a Port Fourchon Maritime Accident? Make the Wright Call.

WHO QUALIFIES AS A JONES ACT SEAMAN?

The Jones Act encompasses a broad range of persons into its definition of “seaman.” In addition to full-time members of the crew, captains, masters of the vessel and other employees who have a substantial connection to the vessel will likely be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained on the job.

The general rule is that any employee that spends over 30 percent of his or her time on a vessel in navigation (or multiple vessels that are owned by a company, organization or operator) will qualify for seaman status. To recover, the seaman/employee must also work on a vessel that operates on navigable waterways and is engaged in interstate commerce.

If the employee spends time on a variety of different vessels or moves between vessels that are not commonly owned, then the employee may instead be protected under either General Maritime Law or the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). Our lawyers are highly experienced in helping workers with claims under the LHWCA.

If you have been injured in a Port Fourchon maritime 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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WHEN INJURED, YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE IS YOUR LAWYER.

MAKE THE WRIGHT CHOICE.

Port Fourchon LHWCA Lawyers
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Under the LHWCA, maritime workers and longshoremen are entitled to financial compensation, benefits, and rehabilitation services if they are injured, disabled, or killed while under marine employment. The LHWCA covers those who are injured while:

  • Loading or unloading cargo
  • Building or repairing ships
  • Working on piers, ship terminals, wharves, offshore platforms, drydocks, shipyards and bridges.

The LHWCA provides coverage for any injury sustained on the job or occupational disease that arises from or is worsened by marine employment. Injured workers are eligible for benefits under LHWCA maritime law regardless of their previous physical condition and pre-existing injuries if the conditions are aggravated, re-injured, or worsened during employment.

The LHWCA provides the following types of benefits to injured workers:

  • Payment of Medical Expenses
  • Payment of Disability Compensation
  • Rehabilitation Services

The LHWCA requires that employers make payment for all medical care and rehabilitation necessary to treat the injuries sustained by a longshoreman during the course of employment. The LHWCA also entitles the worker to select the physician of his or her choice for treatment.

The employer is also required to pay out disability compensation to the injured worker for lost wages due to the injuries sustained. Disability compensation is typically paid at a rate of two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage. However, some injuries have a uniquely established rate and schedule of compensation. In the event of death caused by injury, the LHWCA requires employers to dispense funeral expenses and other compensation payments to the surviving spouse and family.

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Experienced Port Fourchon Maritime Injury Lawyers. Make the Wright Call. Today. Call 337-291-HURT.

As a maritime worker, when you or a family member has gone through injuries on or near navigable waters, there are complex laws that determine your legal rights. Our experienced Port Fourchon Maritime Injury Lawyers can help.

Our Louisiana maritime law firm has the resources to conduct detailed investigations into your injury, and a expertise in maritime law. For over 60 years, our firm has been committed to protecting the rights of workers across Louisiana. Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out more about your potential claim.

Call us 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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