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Jones Act Claims

New Orleans Jones Act Claims Lawyers

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A harbor worker, merchant mariner, seaman or other individual who works on or to support a water-going vessel is at risk for injury every day on the job. These individuals are not only protected by workers' compensation as land employees are, but also are afforded rights under the federal Jones Act. This is a specific area of maritime law that may be applied after an injury is suffered.

Louisiana Merchant Marine Act Representation and Jones Act Claims

Our maritime lawyers at Leger & Shaw have nearly 35 years of experience handling a wide range of maritime issues, including Jones Act and Longshoreman and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) claims.

The coastal waters off of Louisiana are filled with seagoing vessels and oil rigs. There are a number of interior waterways in the state that also are busy with traffic. These vessels all need workers to maintain, navigate, on and offload, and ensure the safety of these vessels and their docking areas. Unfortunately, due to the strenuous and demanding nature of their jobs, seamen, dock workers and longshoremen often are injured on the job.

Under the Jones Act, merchant mariners and working seamen enjoy certain advantages in recovering maintenance, cure, and damages for accidents or illness suffered while employed in aid of navigation of a vessel. Negligence or direct, careless actions can be the cause of many injuries. There are many ways in which negligence can lead to accidents and injuries, including:

  • Failure to properly train, hire or staff the vessel
  • Failure to provide the proper safety equipment and protective gear
  • Failure to follow or enforce safety measures, including the removal of safety features on machines
  • Improper maintenance of the ship
  • Giving directions to work in dangerous weather conditions

If a ship is deemed unseaworthy, this may also be grounds upon which to seek compensation for the injuries suffered.

Contact Our Jones Act Claims Attorneys

For further information regarding the Jones Act or other maritime laws, or to learn more about how our firm handles these cases, please schedule a free confidential consultation by calling us at 504-322-4299 or toll free at 1-888-708-8950. You may also e-mail us by completing the client intake form on our Contact Us page. Put our maritime law experience work for you.

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