Throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal regions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, as well as on inland waters reaching as far as St. Louis, seamen, dockworkers, and oil and gas industry employees are exposed to dangerous working conditions. Maritime workers routinely suffer offshore injuries caused by dangerous conditions on offshore platforms, spars, jack-up rigs, tankers, crew boats, lay barges, and other vessels.
The following are common causes of serious maritime injuries:
- Diving Accidents
- Dangerous Equipment
- Crane Failures
- Explosions & Fires
- Vessel Collisions
- Lifting Accidents
- Slip and Falls
A maritime lawyer is uniquely qualified to represent maritime workers or their families in serious injury or wrongful death claims resulting from accidents occurring at sea, in coastal areas, or on inland waters.
Contact Our Experienced Maritime Law Firm Today
At The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we have won verdicts and settlements for injured maritime workers all over the country. Our injury lawyers have years of experience dealing with oil and gas companies, shipping companies, and their insurance providers.
When you hire us, you can be confident knowing:
- We’ve secured more than Millions of Dollars for our clients
- Many of our attorneys have been selected to the Super Lawyers® list
- Our firm has won record setting verdicts for past clients
- There is absolutely no cost to our clients unless we win
If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an offshore accident or offshore injury, it is extremely important that you get sound legal advice from a qualified personal injury lawyer at our firm before you discuss the matter with your employer or insurance company. Get started with your case today by requesting your free case evaluation or calling our firm at 318-527-4932.
Our Maritime Injury Lawyers’ Skill & Experience Make a Difference
Our goal at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess is to help injured offshore workers and other maritime employees get their lives back on track. We work tirelessly to prepare their case for trial, including conducting extensive investigations and consulting with quality maritime industry and medical experts. With our firm, you can be confident knowing you will have someone on your side who is capable of navigating through the unique aspects of maritime law, all while protecting your rights, handling communications with your employer, dealing with the adjustors, and fighting for maximum value in your case. We believe we’re the clear choice for injured maritime workers.
Contact us at 318-527-4932 to discuss your case with our experienced maritime advocates.
Since the beginning, our firm has been there to help injured maritime workers and their families get the money that they deserve after a serious offshore accident. In every case we try, we work hand-in-hand with our clients to make sure that they receive the best possible medical care and rehabilitation while they recover. By taking an aggressive approach to our cases, we are often able to secure settlements for our clients without having to take their case to trial. Settlement, however, isn’t always an option. If the at-fault party fails to make a fair and full offer, we are always ready to stand up for our clients before a judge or jury to ensure that their rights are protected.
Through the years, we have been able to secure a series of substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients, including numerous multi-million dollar recoveries. Overall, our firm has successfully recovered millions of dollars in just the last few years. We are dedicated to helping injured offshore workers, crew members, officers, stevedores, maritime workers, and their families obtain the maximum compensation they deserve. Our knowledge of admiralty law paired with our commitment to our clients makes for a winning combination.
Our maritime attorneys focus on winning cases covered by the following:
- The Jones Act:
- Death on the High Seas Act:
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act:
- General Maritime Law:
Areas of Practice – Offshore Injury & Jones Act Claims
At The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we know what is on the line with cases involving injuries that were sustained while offshore. No matter whether you’re a seaman, longshoreman, or even if you work in a harbor or a shipyard, it’s in your best interests to get the involvement of a maritime lawyer from our firm so that we can help you in filing a claim. We have recovered millions of dollars in 5 years, and we’re prepared to go the distance in our efforts to help you protect your rights.
Some of the different related issues that we are able to help you with include the following:
Throughout the nation, admiralty law refers to the laws that govern the way in which vessels can behave while out to sea. Many of these laws are recognized and abided by internationally. These are some of the oldest laws in the book, but still remain relevant in modern days.
Jones Act Claims
The Jones Act provides coverage to United States seamen who have suffered a personal injury that was caused by the unseaworthiness of a vessel or the negligence of a third party. This is a specialized portion of admiralty law and can give a foundation for injured offshore workers to file a claim.
Although inland waterways and coastal waters, seamen find themselves susceptible to serious and even fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury of this nature, you should not be forced to suffer in silence; there are laws that govern such claims that will be able to help you to seek the compensation that you justly deserve.
Maritime Injury Causes
There are many different causes that can leave a seaman suffering from a maritime injury. From fires to falls, and even defective / malfunctioning equipment, the hazards of the job can leave a worker susceptible to serious and debilitating offshore injuries.
Should a seaman suffer an injury while on the job, they could be protected by maritime law, which would allow them the opportunity to pursue just compensation. Topics that are covered by maritime law include the Jones Act, the Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act and other international and national maritime and admiralty law.
Your Medical Rights
Injured while offshore? You have medical rights that should be protected. For example, you have the right choose your own doctor. Want to learn more about the medical rights that you are allowed?
Importance of Hiring a Qualified Maritime Attorney
Unlike with state workers’ compensation claims, there is no administrative body that oversees your maritime injury claim. Instead, claims covered by maritime law must be filed in state or federal court. Although some claims may be settled in pre-litigation negotiations, the only way to preserve your right to pursue a claim is to file a lawsuit. A qualified and experienced maritime lawyer can help you do that.
In many instances, your employer may ask you to sign an agreement or release in exchange for payment of unearned wages, maintenance and cure, or medical benefits. It is imperative that you have any documents you are given reviewed by a competent maritime lawyer before signing them so that you do not waive any of your rights of recovery. Maritime employers and their insurance companies have their own experienced lawyers. They will work hard to minimize their client’s losses by making sure you are paid as little as possible. When facing them, you deserve to have competent legal representation on your side, protecting your rights.
Contact The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess today at 318-527-4932 or fill out our contact us form and one of our Alexandria attorneys will contact you immediately.