In Louisiana, our economy is heavily reliant on the oil and gas industry to support the population. You, your friends, or your family must report to work in dangerous conditions for high-risk jobs on oil rigs, offshore gas pipelines, shipping barges, and other maritime vessels. While offshore workers are protected under maritime law, you need an experienced legal professional to help you navigate your claim.
Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, governs accidents and occurrences that occur on navigable waterways, including rivers, harbors, oceans, gulfs or bays, inlets, and more. Claims involving ocean vessels are considered protected under maritime jurisdiction, which hosts a widely different set of laws than onshore claims. The most well-known maritime law is known as the Jones Act, which provides workers’ compensation protection for offshore workers and seamen.
Having an experienced maritime attorney can help you seek recourse for your injuries, as the laws surrounding maritime injuries are complex. You may be entitled to substantial compensation from your employer if negligence or insufficient maintenance can be proven. If you or someone you know has been injured offshore, don’t wait. Contact the Gabe A. Duhon Law Firm today to schedule your initial consultation.
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