Divers' Accidents/Claims

Commercial divers play an important role in Louisiana's offshore oil and gas industries. Diving can be a highly dangerous line of work. An accident in the water can put your life at risk or cause profound disability.

The New Orleans law firm of Gennusa, Piacun, & Ruli represents divers who have been seriously injured on the job. If you are in this position, you could be entitled to substantial financial compensation under the federal Jones Act. Our experienced attorneys have the toughness and commitment that will give you the best chance of success.

Common Commercial Diving Accidents

Commercial divers face a wide variety of potential dangers, many of them due to the fact that they work underwater. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration lists the following hazards:

  • Drowning
  • Hypothermia
  • Dysbarism, or medical conditions caused by changes in water pressure
  • Injuries from underwater cutting or welding, power tools or hull scrubbing

Tragically, fatal accidents are common in diving. Families regularly lose a parent, a spouse, a child. Injured divers who survive their ordeal could be disabled for rest of their lives. Even a relatively minor injury can force you to stop working for years, or take a job with a lower income.

The law gives you the power to request full compensation from your employer if the company's negligence caused your injuries. One of our lawyers will explain the Jones Act claim process and build the best possible claim on your behalf.

Free Consultations

For a free initial consultation, please contact our office in Metairie and set up an appointment with one of our attorneys. You can reach us at 504-662-9590 or online via our Contact page.