While there are many benefits to working on the water, maritime workers in Louisiana are often at risk for serious injury. Seamen, or crewmen or captains on navigable vessels, and other workers who work near the water who suffer on-the-job injuries may be eligible for compensation under various maritime laws.
Common accidents and injuries
Maritime workers, whether they work on the boat or on the dock, are at risk for serious injury. Many maritime workers may experience one or more of the following accidents and/or injuries:
- Falling overboard while out at sea or falling between when loading cargo
- Slip-and-falls on slippery vessel decks
- Chemical burns in vessel engine rooms
- Lack of oxygen in enclosed vessel spaces (e.g. cargo areas, storage rooms)
- Repetitive use injuries resulting from repeated performance of the same task
Recovering damages for maritime injuries
If you have suffered a maritime injury, a number of laws may impact your case including:
- The Jones Act – Employers may be liable for seamen injuries under the Jones Act caused by various forms of negligence, including negligent training, negligent equipment maintenance, or negligent maintenance of the premises.
- The Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act – Longshoremen and other maritime workers not covered by the Jones Act may recover compensation for injuries under this act.
Maritime workers who have been injured on the job may be eligible for compensation from their employers. Injured workers can seek guidance from a local attorney specializing in maritime law. Your attorney can review your case, gather evidence, and advise you on next steps.