We Know That Dredging Is Difficult And Dangerous Work

Dredgers play an important role in keeping waterways and shipping channels clear. They also contribute to construction projects and commercial fishing operations.

Dredging is difficult work. You may have to endure long hours under demanding conditions. You may also be working with powerful machinery — such as cranes, excavators and clamshell grabbers — that can inflict serious injury if they malfunction.

Although dredgers typically work near shore, in many ways, they can still be just as dangerous as deep-sea operations. An accident can spell the end of your career. Serious injuries can leave you permanently disabled, unable to earn a living and sidelined from the activities you once enjoyed.

You Have Rights

Dredge workers who get injured or killed on the job have rights under federal maritime law. Depending on your situation, you may have a claim for negligence under the Jones Act, which gives injured seamen the ability to pursue compensation for damages such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Disability and disfigurement
  • Food, housing and transportation

Because dredgers are considered "vessels" for purposes of maritime law, you may still have a right to compensation and benefits even if you aren't a seaman. The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act outlines these rights. You may also have a claim against the dredger's owner for unseaworthiness if the vessel wasn't maintained in safe working order.

Count On Us To Fight For The Money And Benefits You Deserve

The last thing you need after an injury (or tragic loss of a loved one) is the stress of dealing with legal and financial worries. Fortunately, that's where we can step in. At the maritime law firm of Larry Curtis, our goal is simple: We'll fight to get you the full compensation, benefits and medical coverage you deserve.

You can trust that, at our firm, your case is in good hands. Attorney Larry Curtis has decades of experience helping people in your position get the results they need to move forward with a comfortable quality of life. In fact, our success stories over the years total well into the millions of dollars.

The first step toward getting compensation is as easy as picking up the phone or reaching out to us online. Call 337-366-8317 (or toll free 800-836-2064) to request a free consultation. Based in Lafayette, our lawyers handle dredge accident cases throughout Louisiana and surrounding states across the Gulf Coast.