New Orleans has long served as one of America’s busiest and most important port cities. Countless river and sea-going vessels transit our city every year and the workers and seamen who staff them have special rights to protect them. If you are injured on a boat, vessel or oil rig, you need a local New Orleans admiralty and maritime attorney who has extensive experience with the Jones Act.
Understanding Admiralty and Maritime Law
Working on the open sea or inland waterways can be a dangerous occupation. And when working on a vessel or oil rig, the law provides special remedies for you because of the responsibilities imposed upon you as a seaman.
This danger can end in tragedy if your employer fails to minimize your risks and calls upon you to place yourself in danger when doing your job. From loose rigging to unseaworthy vessels, your company may have put their interests ahead of your well being.
Jones Act Protection for Seamen
If you are injured while traveling to or from your job, working on a vessel or an oil rig, you should seek experienced representation from a local New Orleans based law firm. Seamen have claims pursuant to the Jones Act, a federal statute which creates certain rights and remedies specific to them.
Maritime and Jones Act claims include:
- Jones Act/Seamen Injuries
- Section 905 (b) Longshoremen Claims
- Oil Rig and Platform Worker Claims
- Barge Workers and Crews
- Jack Up Rig Workers and Crews
- Supply Boat Workers and Crews
- Offshore Platform Workers
Injured maritime workers have relied on the Jones Act for decades when the need for a uniform law to protect the rights of seamen and offshore workers injured at sea became so great that Congress was forced to act. Workers who are injured on a vessel on a navigable waterway within the scope and course of their job can rely on the Jones Act in order to hold an employer accountable for their injuries and resulting damages.