Broussard Offshore Accident Attorney

Offshore Accidents

The coastal water of Louisiana has thousands of oil rigs, commercial fishing boats, and barges. Louisiana workers fill up hundreds of thousands of offshore industry jobs.

Offshore work is extremely dangerous and accidents are a regular occurrence. There are no hospitals and doctors nearby when things go wrong. People rely on helicopter evacuation and coast guard response. So, when an accident happens, the resulting injuries can be devastating, and in worst cases, fatal.

 

Offshore Accidents

In the offshore oil and gas industry, a worker is 7 times more likely to be killed than in any other industry in the U.S. It is officially the most dangerous industry in the country. Indeed, it is not surprising that many offshore workers suffer from life-changing injuries.

Accidents are inevitable; however, the severity and the causes can vary greatly. The most common causes are environmental/weather conditions, human error, and equipment failure.

Exposure to flammable/explosive substances and the use of pressurized equipment and caustic chemicals are a part of the everyday offshore environment. Shifts of 12 hours a day and seven-, fourteen-, twenty-eight-day-long hitches make offshore rig workers eat, sleep, work, and live in danger.

To minimize injuries, the offshore industry puts a lot of effort to ensure safety.

Employees are required to complete safety training before they are even allowed onto the deck of a ship or an oil platform. Unfortunately, accidents are unavoidable.

Common accidents can include things like:

  • Being hit by cranes and large equipment
  • Falling tools and debris
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Falls, slipping, trips
  • Pinching and crushing injuries
  • Falling overboard

Because the offshore industry is 7 times more dangerous than others, common injuries include:

  • Chemical burns
  • Severed limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Eye injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Severe blunt trauma
  • Burns
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Crushing injuries
  • Back injuries
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Call our office today for a FREE initial review of your personal injury case. We typically work on a contingent agreement basis, which means that our fees are completely based on the outcome of your case.

 

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Offshore Industry Laws

Offshore injury claims are different from other typical workers’ compensation claims. An injured worker cannot file a workers’ compensation claim. Instead, there are specific laws in place to ensure that offshore workers are compensated fairly.

Laws that govern offshore activities are called maritime or admiralty law. These laws provide living expenses, medical care, and lost wages to seamen injured while working offshore. There is also a law in place for the family members and dependents of the workers who die at sea.

If you have injuries or lost a loved one due to an offshore accident, it is important to enlist the help of an attorney well versed in maritime law. The offshore accident lawyers in Broussard, LA at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have over 20 years of experience in representing clients in offshore accident cases. We have recovered $millions for victims and their families.

Maintenance and Cure

Maintenance and cure includes benefits that an injured seaman receives after an injury or an illness.

If you are injured while working at sea, you are entitled to receive benefits, no matter who was at fault in your injury.

Expenses such as rent, utilities, food and medical costs are taken care of until you reach what is called Maximum Medical Improvement. When a worker has recovered as much as possible and has been released by a medical doctor, they have reached Maximum Medical Recovery.

Maintenance and cure also applies to illnesses. If you are diagnosed with a disabling illness or medical condition, you are owed maintenance and cure until you reach MMI from that condition, even if it was not work-related.

The Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act covers people who are involved in maritime employment. The covered workers include longshoremen or any person engaged in longshore operations such as ship repairman, shipbuilder, and ship-breaker. Coverage includes medical costs and lost wages.

The Jones Act

The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act, protects American workers injured at sea.

The Jones Act gives qualified seamen (or the surviving family members) the right to take action against their employer when crew members’ or a ship owner’s negligence causes an injury or death.

Compensation permitted under the Jones Act covers medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and funeral expenses.

The statute of limitations necessitates legal action be taken within 3 years of an offshore accident.

To qualify for compensation under The Jones Act, there are certain conditions that must be met:

  1. the plaintiff must be a seaman;
  2. the defendant, it should be proved, was negligent; and
  3. It should be established the defendant’s negligence was the cause of the injury or damage to the plaintiff.

Death on the High Seas Act

The Death on the High Seas Act has provisions for lost financial support and funeral expenses should a worker die at sea.

“When the death of an individual is caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default occurring on the high seas beyond 3 nautical miles from the shore of the United States, the personal representative of the decedent may bring a civil action in admiralty against the person or vessel responsible. The action shall be for the exclusive benefit of the decedent’s spouse, parent, child, or dependent relative.”

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Broussard Offshore Accident Attorney

Seeking legal council is extremely important in offshore accident cases. You will probably be pitted against a large corporation at has teams of high-priced attorneys to protect its bottom line. You may be bullied or pressured by your employer to stay quiet about your injury. Your job may be threatened or you may be told that you won’t be hired by other companies. Tactics like these are illegal.

You’ll need an attorney who will protect your rights and fight for your compensation. A lawyer well-versed in maritime laws and regulations will know how to deal with corporate insurance adjusters and attorneys. Our attorneys at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are talented and fearless negotiators. We will get you the compensation that you deserve.

Why do you need and Offshore Attorney?

The maritime laws concerning offshore injury compensation are complex and confusing. A talented offshore accident attorney can be a huge help in getting through the process of recovering one’s damages successfully.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have more than 20 years of experience in helping our clients and letting their families maintain their standard of living after an offshore accident. We offer a free initial consultation to review your personal injury case and to help you understand the maritime law.

Having a local firm handling things for you will also give you peace of mind. After all, could there be anyone better to understand how important the oilfield is than a Broussard offshore accident lawyer?

 

How does an Offshore Attorney protect your rights?

The complexities of maritime laws and regulations make offshore accident cases more difficult than others. Whether you are a member of an oil rig maintenance crew or on a boat transporting goods, the attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have experience you can count on.

In the initial free consultation, we go over an injury and the events leading up to it. The maintenance records and the training of the crew members are investigated and so is the overall seaworthiness of the vessel.

We work tirelessly to establish the fault and prove your case in or out of court. Our job is to be your voice and advocate for you. If a fair settlement is not reached, we are not afraid to go to court to get you what you deserve.

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Money is the first thing on your mind after you are hurt offshore. You can’t make a living and take care of your family if you don’t work. Medical bills pile up, as in any other personal injury claim, with expensive surgeries and procedures.

Moreover, there will be stubborn insurance companies that do not want to cover your costs. They will pressurize or intimidate you into settling for small amounts of money that will not be enough for your medical care. This is why it is so important to get the help of a lawyer.

You CAN afford an attorney! Not only is the initial personal injury consultation free, but you can also take comfort from the fact that we are a no win/no pay firm. We only ask for compensation when we get compensation for you. It is our job to be your voice and give you peace of mind in hard times.

The offshore accident attorneys in Broussard LA are talented negotiators and fearless trial lawyers. Our staff and attorneys work tirelessly to investigate every aspect of your case. We scrutinize your employer and identify liability factors like:

  • Failure to enforce safety procedures
  • Failure to maintain a vessel
  • Failure to hire qualified employees
  • Failure to properly train seamen
  • Insufficient maintenance of proper safety equipment

There is no need to handle your case alone, no matter what your income is. The trained attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are readily available to get you the compensation you deserve.

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