Maritime and offshore platform injury law is very specialized and complex. The level of effort and expertise needed to successfully prosecute a personal injury case under the Jones Act or Maritime Law is something only an experienced, committed maritime or platform injury attorney can provide.
How a Lafayette offshore injury lawyer can help
As an offshore injury lawyer in Lafayette with more than 30 years of experience, I am qualified to provide specific legal help with injuries sustained on offshore platforms, drilling rigs and oil rig accidents, and vessels.
Due to the dangers of working in maritime transportation or the Louisiana oilfield, the injuries that result are often serious and disabling. Injured workers need to file personal injury claims and lawsuits within one year of the date of injury. After that deadline passes you lose the right to sue for compensation, so seek immediate help from a competent Lafayette personal injury attorney.
Jones Act claims
Under a federal law known as the Jones Act (46 U.S.C. §688), a worker who is a member of a crew of either traditional or non-traditional vessels, such as floating and drilling rigs and spud barges, has a right to assert a claim for personal injury damages arising from a negligent act by his employer or co-workers.
Under the Jones Act, injured crewmembers and seamen can recover damages for personal injuries, including pain and suffering, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. If employer negligence played any part in causing the injury, that employer is liable for the injuries.
Maritime injury claims
Individuals injured while being transported to and from offshore facilities also have rights under maritime law. If they are injured through a wrongful or negligent act of the vessel, they may prosecute a claim with a Louisiana personal injury lawyer under Section 905 (b) of a federal law known as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
This law allows individuals to assert claims for full damages, even while receiving workers compensation and medical benefits from their employers. As an experienced Lafayette offshore injury attorney, I can assist with these personal injury claims.
Lafayette Offshore Platform Injury Claims
According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of the adjoining state governs workers injured while working on a fixed offshore platform that is attached to the ocean bottom. Therefore, offshore platforms and tension-leg platforms located off the coast of Louisiana are considered artificial islands governed by Louisiana law.
Under federal and state law, an injured worker has a right to assert a claim against an individual or company other than his or her employer provided that they are guilty of negligence and at fault in causing the injuries.
Consult an offshore injury lawyer in Lafayette today
If you or a loved one needs a platform drilling or offshore injury attorney in Lafayette, please contact the Jim Lambert Law Firm at
337-446-2766 or use our online contact form. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if I agree to handle your case, I will work on a contingency fee basis, which means I am only paid if there is a recovery. Call now to preserve your legal rights.