Maritime Injury Attorneys in Louisiana
Jobs on offshore oil rigs, refineries and other maritime occupations carry an inherent risk for injury. Workers can be involved in a wide range of accidents that cause a variety of catastrophic injuries, including burns, head and brain injuries, spine and back injuries, and amputation.
The Jones Act is a federal law that provides a maritime worker the right to pursue compensation for injuries suffered on the job if he or she feels that his or her employer or a co-worker was directly responsible for causing the injury. The Jones Act allows injured parties to pursue more compensation than would be available through a standard workers’ compensation claim. It is necessary, however, to show that someone else’s carelessness was directly responsible for the worker’s injury.
If you were seriously injured in an oil rig accident caused by defective machinery or a third-party contractor who was working with you, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Contact us to get more details by calling 985-273-0900.
It is important to retain the services of an experienced Jones Act lawyer if you are a maritime worker who has been injured on the job. The Truitt Law Firm, LLC has a strong track record of maximizing compensation for injured maritime workers. We can help you navigate the process for obtaining compensation under the Jones Act and investigate whether a personal injury lawsuit against a third party is warranted as well.
The Jones Act Is Different Than Workers’ Comp
Unlike workers’ compensation cases, which are heard by a workers’ compensation law judge, Jones Act claims are heard in state or federal courts. Given the burden of proof regarding negligence, you may wonder why an injured seaman would opt to file for compensation under the Jones Act rather than a more traditional workers’ compensation claim. A party filing for compensation under the Jones Act can receive additional compensation that is simply not available under the workers’ compensation program, including compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement and mental anguish.
We can also represent oil companies, service contractors and insurance providers in Jones Act and personal injury claims. We bring the broad vision of both sides of the case to your strategy. Our lawyers’ experience handling both sides of these cases provides us great insight into the opposing counsel’s strategy.
Receive a Free Consultation About Your Maritime Accident
We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your maritime injury case and recommend the best course of action. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We work with clients throughout Louisiana from offices in Covington and Metairie.