Our attorneys have handled hundreds of maritime and offshore injury cases. Jeremiah Johns and Mike Shlansky both hold advanced degrees in the field of maritime law, and Nick Cenac and Maro Petkovich both spent years representing maritime employers and insurance companies. Our attorneys understand the complexities of the maritime law. As true litigators, we will aggressively fight to recover as much money as possible for you.
The maritime industry is critically important to the Gulf South supporting thousands of jobs and providing businesses access to markets throughout the world. Working in the maritime industry can be inherently risky and serious accidents are not uncommon. We are dedicated to representing individuals with maritime and business claims.
The Maritime Law Is Complex
Maritime law concerns accidents and events that occur on or near navigable water. Much of the maritime law is based on centuries old laws and legal precedents that differ sharply from land-based law, thus making it important that you consult with an experienced maritime attorney. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of maritime cases and hold specialized degrees in the field of maritime law from Tulane Law School.
The following are examples of the maritime cases that we handle:
- Jones Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act
- Offshore Accidents
- Maintenance and Cure
- Death on the High Seas Act
- General Maritime Law
- Section 905(b) Vessel Negligence
- Cargo Claims (COGSA)
- Maritime Contracts and Insurance Disputes
- Boating Accidents
- Cruise Ship Injuries
Whether you are an injured Jones Act seaman, longshoreman, offshore workers, or cruise ship passenger, we are attuned to the needs of our maritime clients and strive to get them the compensation they deserve.
Handling Your Maritime Injury Claim
The damages that you can recover after being injured as the result of a maritime accident often depend on your job status and the how the accident occurred. For example, seamen injured during their employment can sue their employers under the Jones Act for damages and also receive maintenance and cure to cover their medical and living expenses while recuperating. As wards of the court, special legal protections are extended to seamen and it is not uncommon for them to recover substantial verdicts at trial. As a consequence, employers and their insurers vigorously defend seamen injury claims and will not offer a fair settlement until an experience maritime attorney becomes involved.
Offshore workers, longshoremen, stevedores, ship repairmen, and maritime workers typically can only recover workers’ compensation benefits arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. However, it is not uncommon for these employees to have additional claims against either their employers or other parties for additional damages under a variety of legal theories.
What To Do If You’re Injured
Seamen and maritime workers injured on the job often make the mistake of believing their employer has their best interests at heart when they are injured on the job. Sadly, this is rarely the case. The second you are injured your employer and their attorneys begin strategizing about how to defend your claim so you’ll settle for pennies on the dollar. You will likely be sent to a company doctor who will immediately release you to regular duty work or falsely conclude that your injuries were not caused by the accident. In short, your employer’s primary concern is their bottom line, not your well being. This is why it is important to consult with an experienced maritime attorney as soon as you can.
The following is a list of things you should do immediately after a work accident:
- Report the accident and your injuries to your supervisor and make sure that your employer knows what happened;
- Get medical treatment immediately. If possible, go to your personal physician or the medical provider of your choosing. Do not select a physician recommended by your employer.
- Gather the names of witnesses and get their statements if possible. Try to understand how the accident happened and find out if another company could be responsible.
- Consult an experienced maritime attorney.