One of the most dangerous occupations for Louisiana workers and others across the Gulf of Mexico is working on the high seas. The southern coast makes many maritime jobs available for both the local and inland workforce. Regardless of specific job responsibilities, safety is always a very serious issue as injuries happen regularly for a variety of reasons.
Maritime law and compensation for injuries
One of the advantages of working in “navigable waters” is that financial compensation for those who are injured falls under the Jones Act of 1920, which made seafarers similar to railroad workers within the territorial jurisdictional United States. The Jones Act is a federal law that not only allows for payment of medical bills and replacement of lost future wages but also allows standing for a lawsuit due to long-term impact of the injury. This award is what typically makes injured workers financially whole after a workplace injury, especially if it results in disability.
Types of maritime employment injuries
Ships and derricks are self-contained communities that require workers of all types performing a wide variety of job responsibilities. It is not necessary to suffer serious debilitating injuries for eligibility regarding a Jones Act claim under maritime law, including on oil rigs. Any injury occurring on duty that results in medical bills and lost income could qualify for a Jones Act claim.
How a maritime lawyer may help
Maritime law requires experienced legal counsel whenever there is potential for a personal injury claim. Corporations operating on the high seas have certain legal requirements when employees are injured, so a worker may want solid representation from a Louisiana maritime law professional who understands how to build a case for general damages stemming from the long-term impact of the injury.