About Maritime Accidents
Should I hire a maritime lawyer after an injury at sea?
Our maritime laywers explain compensation for offshore injuries.
Maritime accident cases differ from typical workers’ compensation claims because injuries at sea do not necessarily fall under the jurisdiction of any state’s laws. Instead, certain federal laws apply to maritime injuries, including the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). These entitle injured maritime workers to different benefits after an on-the-job injury, depending on the circumstances. Still, maritime laws are often complex, and your ability to recover compensation depends on multiple factors, such as your job title and the circumstances of the accident. Unfortunately, these factors are not always clear, making it easier for your employer to deny your claim. Therefore, if you sustain injuries at sea as an oil worker, fisherman or in any other occupation, then you should speak to an experienced maritime attorney about your rights and options.
The Louisiana maritime lawyers at Galloway Jefcoat have handled more than one thousand injury cases since 1996. Co-founder and partner Rusty Galloway spent time working in the maritime industry aboard oil rigs. Consequently, he has firsthand knowledge of how oil companies cut corners to make profits while endangering the safety of workers. Our law firm uses these unique insights to fight for the rights of injured maritime workers. As a result, we have a proven record of success in these types of cases.