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Offshore Maritime Injury

Louisiana Offshore Injury Attorney

Louisiana offshore injury attorney Walter Gabriel has experienced handling some of the most catastrophic offshore disasters, including the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill that claimed the lives of 11 offshore maritime workers. Offshore injury lawyer Walter Gabriel understands what it takes to win the fight against big offshore maritime companies to get victims and their families the compensation they deserve.

Understanding The Offshore Maritime Industry 

The Gulf of Mexico and connected ports in Louisiana and southeast Texas are a hotspot of activity for maritime industry workers, which inevitably leads to offshore maritime injury. Those involved include seamen, longshoremen, oil drillers, dock workers, repairmen, and many others. Many major players in the maritime industry take part 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 were 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. The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC can help. Contact us today to get your case started with an experienced Louisiana offshore injury lawyer.

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 center around:

Maritime Injury Claims Raise Unique Challenges

Jurisdictional Issues

Jurisdictional and choice-of-law issues are common in the maritime injury context. It is not uncommon for shipping companies to flag their ships in countries with regulations that are favorable. They may also include provisions in contracts requiring a plaintiff to litigate the case in a jurisdiction of their choosing.

Though legal issues may frighten the first-time maritime plaintiff, it’s important to understand how the law applies. Depending on the case, the provisions at-issue may be unenforceable, or there may be some other 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 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. This is because 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 that you handle the dispute appropriately and in accordance with the correct standards.

For example, defined as a “seaman” injured within the course and scope of employment may 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 an intoxicated co-worker punches you 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. That is, 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 Louisiana 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 experienced Louisiana offshore injury attorney at the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC.

 

Trusted Offshore Injury Law Firm

If you or a loved one have been injured in an offshore accident, we can help. Insurance companies are not your friends, regardless of what they portray in television commercials. The maritime lawyers at Walter Gabriel Law have been fighting for the rights of accident victims for years. Learn more below.

We have successfully represented clients who have been injured in a variety of maritime accidents, including:

  • Oil rig accidents
  • Barge accidents
  • Fishing boat accidents
  • Cargo ship accidents
  • Cruise ship accidents

No matter what type of maritime accident you or your loved one has been involved in, we can help. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you have been injured in a maritime accident, you may be wondering what your legal options are. The answer depends on several factors, including the jurisdiction in which the accident occurred and the type of accident. In general, however, maritime accidents are governed by admiralty law, also known as maritime law.

Admiralty law is a branch of the law that covers maritime activities, including shipping, commerce, and the transportation of passengers. Maritime law also covers the operation of offshore oil rigs and docks. That means that any injury sustained in a maritime context, by a passenger or a worker, in a commercial or recreational context, may fall under admiralty law.

If you have been injured in a maritime accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, admiralty law is complex, and the process of filing a claim can be complicated. That’s why it’s important to consult with an experienced maritime attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.

If you have been involved in a maritime accident, call us today for a free consultation. We will review your case and help you understand your legal options. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Jones Act Maritime Law & Other Related Laws

When you are injured in a maritime or offshore incident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer under the Jones Act. This federal law, enacted in 1920, allows seamen who are injured on the job to seek compensation for their injuries. A jury trial is typically available to plaintiffs under the Jones Act.

For those not covered by the Jones Act (such as harbor workers), the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) fills in the gap by guaranteeing workers’ compensation for on-the-job maritime injuries. Benefits are paid out either through an insurance policy or directly from the employer.

In addition to the Jones Act and LHWCA, several other laws provide protections for maritime workers. These include the General Maritime Law, the Death on the High Seas Act, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

If you have been injured in a maritime or offshore incident, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney to learn about your rights and options. An attorney can help you navigate the complex legal landscape and fight for the compensation you deserve.

What should I do if I have suffered a maritime injury?

If you have suffered a maritime injury, you should seek medical attention and take steps to document your injuries. You should also seek legal advice to ensure that your rights are protected. Taking these steps can help you get the compensation you deserve and protect your future.

Medical attention is important because it can help you document your injuries and get the treatment you need. It is also important to seek legal advice because maritime law is complex and can be difficult to navigate on your own. An experienced lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and make sure that you are compensated for your injuries.

If you have suffered a maritime injury, take the time to seek medical attention and legal advice. These steps can help you get the compensation you deserve and protect your future.

How do I know if I’m protected under the Jones Act?

If you work on a vessel or spend a significant amount of time at sea, you may be protected under the Jones Act. This act provides seamen with certain rights and protections, including the right to sue their employer if they are injured while working. To learn more about whether you are protected under the Jones Act, speak with an experienced maritime attorney.

What if I was injured because of an unsafe vessel?

If you were injured due to an unsafe vessel, you may be able to file an unseaworthiness claim. This type of claim is based on the theory that the vessel itself was unsafe, rather than any specific negligence on the part of an individual.

To succeed on an unseaworthiness claim, you must show that the vessel was not reasonably fit for its intended purpose. This means that the vessel was not safe for the type of voyage it was undertaking. For example, a vessel that is not properly equipped or maintained is more likely to be considered unseaworthy.

If you were injured due to an unsafe vessel, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have questions about whether you have a valid claim, you should speak to an experienced maritime attorney.

If I work on a rig or a dredge, am I protected under the Jones Act?

If you work on a rig or dredge, you may be protected under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal law that provides benefits and protections for workers who are injured while working on navigable waters. If you are injured while working on a rig or dredge, you may be eligible for medical benefits, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. If you have been injured while working on a rig or dredge, contact an experienced Jones Act lawyer to discuss your case.

What if my “injury” was in fact illness due to chemical inhalation or other dangerous exposure?

If you were exposed to a hazardous chemical or other dangerous substance, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim even if you did not suffer an immediate physical injury.

This is because exposure to such substances can lead to long-term health problems, including serious illnesses. If you can prove that your illness was caused by exposure to a dangerous substance, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

If I’m a dockworker or a longshoreman, am I protected under the law?

Dockworkers and longshoremen are not specifically protected under the Jones Act, but they are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). If you are injured while working on a dock or as a longshoreman, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

The LHWCA provides coverage for injuries that occur while an employee is working on navigable waters or in a related area, such as a dock or wharf. If you are injured while working on a dock or as a longshoreman, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including medical expenses and lost wages.

What if my employer contests my workers’ compensation claim?

If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, your employer may contest your claim. If this happens, you should seek the help of an experienced attorney.

An attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to support your claim and file the necessary paperwork. They can also represent you at hearings and appeals.

Don’t try to navigate the workers’ compensation system on your own. Get the help you need to get the benefits you deserve.

How quickly do I need to file a claim?

You should file your claim as soon as possible after the accident. Atlanta has statutes of limitation (limits on how long after the injury you may file) that vary according to the type of vessel and what you are suing for. If you miss a deadline, you may be barred from recovering any damages.

What kind of damages might I receive?

You can receive many different types of damages under the Jones Act if you are injured while working on a vessel. These include medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and more. The number of damages you may receive will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. If you have been injured while working on a vessel, it is important to speak with an experienced Jones Act lawyer to learn more about your rights and options.

Why do I need an attorney if I suffered a maritime injury?

If you have suffered a maritime injury, you may be wondering why you need an attorney. After all, the responsible party will want to avoid compensating you, and they will likely have a litigation team. However, having an attorney on your side who will pursue the compensation you deserve is important.

Here are three reasons why:

  • An attorney can help you navigate the legal process.
  • An attorney can help you gather evidence to support your claim.
  • An attorney can help you negotiate a fair settlement.

If you have been injured in a maritime accident, don’t try to go it alone. Contact an experienced maritime injury attorney today.

How Walter Gabriel Law Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured at sea, the maritime injury lawyers at Walter Gabriel Law can help. We have extensive maritime law experience and will work hard on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve.

We understand the unique challenges that come with maritime injuries, and we are here to help you through every step of the legal process. We will investigate the circumstances of your accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf.

You should not have to worry about the cost of legal representation when you are already dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of an accident. That’s why we offer free initial consultations, and we don’t get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or judgment in your favor.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced maritime injury lawyers. We will review your case and help you understand your legal options. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

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