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Injured offshore workers have rights under maritime law

Injured offshore workers should be aware that, depending on the circumstances of their injuries, they may have rights under maritime law. If the injuries are due to another party's negligent acts, a worker may have a case against the other party. It is important for injured workers in Louisiana to hold these parties responsible for their actions.

Not too long ago, we told you about the case of an offshore worker in Louisiana. The man was injured when another crew member on a fishing boat allegedly pulled up on a net, catching the worker's leg and causing injury. The worker sued the boat operator and boat owner. The worker said that his injuries were caused by negligence.

Ships and oil rigs can be dangerous places. Many workers have suffered back and spine injuries during personnel basket transfers. Pipeline barges, drill ships, barges, towboats, tugboats, fishing vessels and backup rigs are all places of intense physical labor in sometimes extreme conditions. When other parties breach their duty of care to a worker in this environment, serious injuries can occur, including injuries that require time off from work or even injuries that prevent the injured worker from going back to their old job.

The Jones Act is a federal law that allows workers injured on a seagoing vessel or oil rig to make a claim for compensation if the injury was allegedly caused by the negligence of a fellow crew member, owner or master. The lawyers at Frischhertz Poulliard Frischhertz Impastato, LLC can provide a free consultation to injured workers seeking options. We can discuss your case and possible options for recovering damages. Our attorneys have over 75 years of combined experience with pursuing claims on behalf of workers. For more information, check out our website.

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