The laws protecting workers at sea are not the same as the laws protecting workers on land. While this can make the recovery process more confusing, the New Orleans offshore accident attorneys at JJC Law have the experience to help you navigate the system and increase your recovery. We will take a comprehensive look at your case, determine what laws apply and take decisive steps to protect your rights.
The first concern of any individual involved in an offshore accident is getting proper medical care. We will assure your rights are protected with regard to past, present and future doctor’s bills.
We represent workers who have been injured during drilling or oil production operations on both land and water in a wide range of offshore and general maritime personal injury cases for accidents which may occur on any of the following:
- Offshore oil drilling rigs
- Oil platform accidents
- Jack-up rigs
- Floating production systems
- River vessels
- Land rigs
- Helicopter transport
- Ferrying to and from the rig
- Oil rig explosions
Jones Act & Maintenance & Cure
Many offshore and oil field accidents involve the Jones Act, which covers injured seamen assigned to a rig and injured on that same vessel. If your accident falls under this category, you may have a claim against your employer for negligence, as well as the vessel owner, captain or crew members. Seamen may also file suit if they were injured because a vessel was unseaworthy.
In addition to filing a claim for personal injury and damages under the Jones Act or General Maritime Law, injured seamen may be eligible for maintenance and cure. Maintenance is a daily worker’s compensation rate for seamen, while cure is your employer’s obligation to provide proper medical treatment.
Get Help from Experienced New Orleans Offshore Accident Attorneys
Not all personal injury law firms have the necessary experience, skills and resources to handle maritime injury claims. If you were injured while working offshore, you need a legal team that understands what laws apply and how to pursue the maximum compensation you’re entitled to. JJC Law is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.