Many people in Louisiana make their living at sea, whether they are working on an off-shore oil rig, a fishing vessel, a drill ship or any other seagoing vessel. However, many of these occupations can be hazardous if an employer fails to act with due care, which could lead to workers being injured on-the-job.
Many people in Louisiana work aboard vessels at sea. However, working on a ship presents certain dangers, and sometimes a seaman is injured on the job. The Jones Act allows injured seamen in certain circumstances to sue their employer, as they may not be covered by workers' compensation benefits. However, to receive Jones Act coverage, a mariner must spend a minimum of 30 percent of their time on-the-job on a "vessel in navigation," which is something that is on navigable waters, is able to move, is in working order and can float.
Working aboard a vessel at sea can be a risky job for anyone in Louisiana. Therefore, it is important that all employees upon a vessel are properly trained and that the vessels are adequately maintained to ensure the safety of those aboard. The failure to do so could lead to accidents that cause serious injuries.
Many people in Louisiana are employed in maritime occupations, including working on vessels, such as fishing vessels, drill ships and other watercraft. These jobs are important, but they can also be dangerous. Therefore, employers must take all the necessary steps to keep their workers safe. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
For some residents in New Orleans, working on a boat is his or her primary source of income. Whether you work on a private vessel or a large ship, the daily activities and routines of seaman can include rather risky work. Therefore, becoming injured on the job is not a rare occurrence in this industry. And for those injured in a maritime accident, it is important that there are recourses available to them.
New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras as well as its rich culture. The city is also known for its close proximity to the ocean and other waterways. Due to its easy access to the gulf and the Atlantic Ocean, many residents find careers working in marinas, fishing vessels, barges and other large ships and boats. And while these career paths can be very rewarding, working in this industry can present many risks for seaman and offshore workers.
Unlike some landlocked states, Louisiana provides many jobs that place individuals on boats and vessels at sea. Oil tankers, cruise ships and fishing boats are multitudinous in the oceans and waterways, generating countless jobs on these vessels.
Those working as a seaman are subject to the same risks and injuries of any worker in New Orleans and elsewhere. However, it is often the case that these risks and hazards are more severe, resulting in serious and even disabling injuries, in the event of a maritime accident. Because of that, seamen are afforded rights beyond traditional workers' compensation benefits.
Whenever a worker in Louisiana or another state suffers an injury while working at a construction site, in an office or at another land-based place of employment, they may be entitled to benefits under the state workers' compensation statute. The worker files a workers' compensation claim, and the claim is approved or denied based on the specific facts at issue. But, what if a worker on a sea-going vessel suffers an injury while on the job in an offshore accident?
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.