Baton Rouge Maritime Attorneys
Our Louisiana Lawyers Have Won Billions for Survivors of Offshore Disasters
One of the oldest law codes in the United States comes from centuries-old maritime laws. Many of these laws were designed around the dangers of the sea. Though we’ve come a long way, offshore jobs remain one of the most dangerous occupations. From shipping vessels to energy production on oil rigs, American industry relies on offshore workers facing serious hazards every day.
At Arnold & Itkin, our Baton Rouge maritime lawyers understand the important work that offshore workers accomplish for the nation each day. When a ship or rig worker gets injured, we help them hold negligent employers accountable for their losses. Our firm has helped thousands of people win enough money to pay for their medical costs, replace their lost wages, and provide for their families.
If you were injured offshore, speak with our Baton Rouge maritime accident lawyers. Call (888) 493-1629 to review your case for free with an attorney, or use our short online form.
Types of Offshore Injuries
Ships and offshore rigs are inherently dangerous places to work. Adding to this danger is the fact that these massive pieces of modern engineering are floating on unpredictable seas. Ship owners have a heightened responsibility to maintain proper safety standards aboard their vessels to keep workers as safe as reasonably possible. When these employers fail to create a safe work environment, they must be held accountable for the sake of continued safety for all offshore workers.
Incidents that often occur due to employer negligence include:
- Diving Accidents
- Crane Failures
- Vessel Collisions
- Dangerous or Poorly Maintained Equipment
- Lift Accidents
- Post-Traumatic Stress
Baton Rouge Maritime Lawyers
Maritime law differs from the rules governing those who work on land. For example, offshore workers still enjoy the benefits of maintenance and cure, an ancient form of workers’ compensation. Maintenance and cure requires ship owners to pay for a worker’s living expenses and medical care if they're injured while working aboard. This law differs from many injury laws for onshore workers as it does not require proof that the owner was at fault for the injury. The accident must have simply happened while the individual was employed on the vessel.
Unfortunately, when a worker is injured, employers still try to escape the responsibility of maintenance and cure. When an offshore injury occurs, our Baton Rouge maritime attorneys hold negligent employers responsible. When companies refuse to take care of those who risk their lives for the company, Arnold & Itkin will be there to make them answer for it.
When a third of the crew from the Deepwater Horizon needed someone to fight for them, Arnold & Itkin’s maritime lawyers were there to make sure the corporation that put them in danger was forced to pay for the consequences. When the company tried to blame the accident on employee negligence, we were there to prove otherwise. We were pleased to apply our knowledge of maritime law to help these hardworking men and women move on with the rest of their lives.
United States Laws that Protect Offshore Worker Rights
- Jones Act
- Limitation of Liability Act
- Death on the High Seas Act
- Longshoreman & Harbor Workers Compensation Act
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Maritime law is a specialized area of practice and requires an experienced attorney. While there are centuries of history that influence decisions in maritime law, the United States has a set of 4 statutes that are designed to help protect injured offshore workers. The most notable of these statutes is the Jones Act, a law that gives offshore workers the right to file claims for negligence and unseaworthiness.
Officially called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act was passed to protect the American merchant marine. It covers trade conducted between US ports and establishes important protections for workers who work on US vessels or on US waterways. Specifically, the Jones Act protects those who are injured on a vessel due to the negligence of its owners.
The Jones Act provides compensation for the following losses:
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Physical and Mental Anguish
- Medical Care
- Living Expenses During Recovery
Experience Is Crucial in Maritime Law
The Baton Rouge maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have the experience and resources to protect offshore workers. After having their safety neglected by their employer, those who have experienced an offshore accident deserve a law firm that will fight for them. We have a proven record of victories that shows our dedication to our clients’ long-term good. Remember, maritime law is unique and not every attorney handles offshore cases. Our maritime attorneys are ready to apply their knowledge and experience to your case today.
If you or someone you know has been injured while working offshore, compensation is available under maritime law. Call us today at (888) 493-1629. Consultation with our attorneys is free and, if we take your case, you do not pay unless we win.