Maritime Law For Fishing Boat Workers

If you're like most Louisiana commercial fishermen, fishing is more than just a job — it's a way of life, and a big part of your identity. After working on the Gulf of Mexico or the state's inland waters year after year, it can be hard to imagine doing anything else.

However, if you get seriously injured on the water, your life can change dramatically. At Frischhertz Poulliard Frischhertz & Impastato LLC, we have spent decades advocating for hardworking fishermen who have been hurt in the course of their jobs. Even if you work for a small family-owned company, you have rights under federal law if you get hurt.

We encourage fishing boat workers to contact us for experienced guidance through injuries resulting from:

  • Equipment failure
  • Unseaworthy vessels
  • Unsafe or negligent behavior by your captain, employer or crew mate
  • Slips and falls
  • Exposure to hazardous substances

Understanding Your Rights Under The Jones Act

Fishermen who work on domestic vessels are protected under the U.S. maritime law. Under the Jones Act, an injured fisherman has the right to seek compensation if an injury has been caused by negligent or wrongful behavior by their captain, employer or a member of their crew. Even if you are not injured through the fault of another person, your employer is still required for providing you basic care if you are injured at sea ("maintenance and cure").

We Can Help You Navigate The Law After An Injury

Maritime law is complicated. Our experienced lawyers are here to help you navigate the system of making a claim under the Jones Act and other laws that apply to your situation. If your employer disputes your claim or refuses to pay the maintenance and cure you are entitled to, we will advocate for your rights.

We offer free consultations to all prospective clients. Contact our New Orleans office at 504-264-9915, 866-920-5611 or online to schedule a meeting with an attorney.

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