Offshore Maritime Injury
Alexandria Offshore Injury Attorney
The Gulf of Mexico and connected ports in Louisiana and southeast Texas are a hotspot of activity for workers involved in the maritime industry, including seamen, longshoremen, oil drillers, dock workers, repairmen, and many others. Many major players in the maritime industry are engaged in some capacity with Louisiana’s gulf coast and ports. Unfortunately, they can be rather slippery and difficult to “pin down” when it comes to imposing liability for injuries suffered by their workers.
If you’ve been injured while working aboard a vessel, oil rig, or in-and-around maritime-related infrastructure (i.e., docks, loading bays, etc.), then you may be entitled to significant compensation for the harm suffered. The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC can help. Contact us today for further guidance.
We Represent a Range of Maritime Injury Claimants
We represent a range of claimants in lawsuits against ship operators and other maritime industry entities, including disputes that center around:
- Jones Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
- Maintenance and Cure
- Offshore Oil Rig Accidents
- Seaman Injuries
- Tugboat and Barge Accidents
- Tanker and Cargo Ship Accidents
Maritime Injury Claims Raise Unique Challenges
Jurisdictional and choice-of-law issues are common in the maritime injury context. It is not uncommon for large shipping companies to flag their ships in countries with regulations that are favorable to their interests in the event of a dispute. They may also include provisions in employment contracts requiring that an injured plaintiff litigate the case in a jurisdiction of their choosing.
Though all these legal mechanisms may be frightening to the first-time maritime plaintiff, it’s important to understand that they are not always applied in an unfavorable manner. Depending on the case, the provisions at-issue may be unenforceable, or there may be some other jurisdictional or choice-of-law rule that takes precedence.
Issues Concerning the Applicable Regulation
Maritime disputes can vary quite significantly depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury and the applicable law. Some regulations are considered to be plaintiff-friendly. Under the Jones Act, the plaintiff is not only afforded a range of damages, but he may also have an easier time establishing liability, since a defendant may be held responsible even if they are only partially at-fault for the plaintiff’s injuries.
Each regulatory scheme imposes a different set of standards and expectations on the injured plaintiff, and it’s important for the dispute to be handled appropriately and in accordance with the correct standards.
For example, if a worker is defined as a “seaman” and is injured within the course and scope of employment, they could be entitled to significant compensation under the Jones Act. By contrast, if a maritime worker has no claim under the Jones Act, then they may have to rely on a negligence-based seaworthiness claim and/or maintenance and cure benefits.
Shared Liability Issues
Maritime injury claims often involve multiple defendants, many of whom may be partially responsible for the harm at-issue. For example, if you are punched by an intoxicated co-worker while working on an offshore oil rig, then you will likely have a cause of action against your co-worker. You may also have a cause of action against your employer for negligently hiring them if you can show that the employer knew or should have known about the violent or alcoholic tendencies of your co-worker.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Alexandria Offshore Injury Attorney
The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC is a personal injury firm advocating on behalf of clients involved in a range of disputes, including maritime-related accidents, such as those that occur on an offshore oil rig or cargo vessel. We have extensive experience navigating challenging litigation and securing favorable results for our clients.
Interested in learning more about our services? Call 318-445-2121 or send us a message online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an Alexandria offshore injury attorney at the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC.