Lafayette Offshore Injury Attorneys
Over $10 Billion Won by Maritime Lawyers in Lafayette Parish & Beyond
Louisianans are the backbone of the maritime industry. Men and women from Lafayette Parish and beyond devote their lives to offshore work, performing backbreaking labor in often hazardous conditions. The work they do is absolutely vital, and Arnold & Itkin believes they should be protected. When their employers overlook safety measures or allow work to be done in unsafe conditions, our Lafayette offshore injury attorneys are here to hold them accountable for their negligent actions. Regardless of whether you or a loved one works on an oil rig, commercial fishing vessel, or a barge, offshore work is demanding. Seamen have to contend with high-stakes work under tough conditions, including storms, hurricanes, heights, heavy equipment, or long shifts. As a result, offshore workers have unique and specific rights regarding their health after an accident.
Certain laws guarantee that offshore workers or their families have the right to hold negligent vessel owners accountable:
All of these laws allow offshore workers or their families to seek compensation from ship owners who were either negligent or whose vessels were unseaworthy, resulting in injury or death. Our Lafayette maritime attorneys have represented countless Jones Act claims and other offshore cases, including nearly a third of the Deepwater Horizon crew in 2010 or widows of the El Faro sinking in 2015. We’re committed to helping offshore workers get the money they need for medical care, lost wages, and other losses. No matter what.
Lafayette Boat Accidents
With so much commercial activity taking place in the Gulf—international and domestic trade, oil transportation, fishing, and more—boat accidents are a serious risk. Crews have to contend with other vessels, accidents aboard their own vessel, and even natural disasters. It’s under these conditions that our clients have suffered catastrophic injuries of all kinds, robbing them of their lives or livelihoods.
We’ve investigated catastrophic offshore injuries like:
While there are plenty of life-changing accidents that never get reported in the news, sometimes there are incidents so devastating that they affect entire communities. In April 2021, the Seacor Power (a commercial lift boat) capsized after sailing into 117 mph winds and 9-foot waves. Of the 19 members of the crew, 6 were rescued by nearby vessels and the Coast Guard, 2 bodies have been recovered, and 11 are missing as of this writing.
Lafayette Offshore Injury FAQ
Do I Need to See the Company Doctor?
Your employer may have tried to pressure you into seeing the company doctor after your accident. They may have even had you sign a document saying you’re well enough to go back to work. However, it’s your right as a seaman to seek a second opinion and get medical care from any practitioner you want. Your health comes first, which is why you should focus on getting care from the doctor, facility, or specialist you want. If you’re unsure about your medical rights following an offshore accident, speak with our Lafayette maritime lawyers as soon as possible. We offer free consultations at no risk to you.
What Is My Offshore Injury Case Worth?
It depends on the line of work you’re in, the circumstances of your injury, and the extent of your harm. Some workers might be entitled to file under the Jones Act, while other workers may need to seek other avenues of recovery. Arnold & Itkin pursues every possible recovery option on each client’s behalf, maximizing their potential award and offering them peace of mind. We’ll seek to recover the full value of your:
- Medical expenses
- Occupational therapy
- Diminished future earnings
- Ongoing treatment
- Lost wages and benefits
- Emotional and physical suffering
What Offshore Injury Cases Has Arnold & Itkin Handled?
Our firm has taken on some of the biggest names in the maritime industry: BP. ExxonMobil. Transocean. TOTE Maritime. We’ve won because we’re not afraid of a fight. We pour every resource we have into holding negligent companies accountable, showing them that no person’s life is expendable. As a result, companies find that it’s better to offer our clients fair compensation upfront rather than take us on in court. Our past victories include cases from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the sinking of the El Faro, and countless others. In total, we’ve secured over $10 billion for our clients. Whatever you’re facing, Arnold & Itkin can fight for you. No matter what.
If you’ve suffered an offshore injury, speak with our firm in a free consultation at (888) 493-1629 today. We look forward to discussing your legal and medical options.