Lake Charles Offshore/Maritime Accident Lawyers

Hale Law Firm has represented seamen, offshore workers, and longshoremen throughout Louisiana for more than 40 years. Put our team of investigators, researchers and experts to work for you. Don't let another attorney use your case to learn maritime and admiralty law. Our personal injury lawyers handle claims on behalf of injured seamen, longshoremen, deckhands, harbor workers, oil rig workers, offshore platform workers, shipyard workers, and recreational boaters.

Our offshore, inland waterway, maritime admiralty, vessel and boating accident attorneys regularly employ experts in the relevant fields of the U.S. Coast Guard regulations, OSHA standards, marine safety, engineering, vessel seaworthiness, vessel navigation, offshore platform safety, crane operations, rigging, basket transfers, and swing ropes. If you would like to have your Jones Act or maritime claim evaluated free of charge, contact our firm online or by calling 337-426-1071.

The Jones Act

The Jones Act is a federal statute that allows an injured seaman to sue their employer for the damages he or she has suffered as a result of a work-related injury. The Jones Act provides protection to "seamen," who are members of the crew of a "vessel." While the Jones Act does not specifically define who qualifies as a seaman, those typically covered include inland waterway workers as well as offshore workers who work on jack-up rigs, barges, tugboats, push boats, semi-submersible ships or rigs, crew boats, drill ships, dredges, floating cranes, tankers, cargo ships, fishing vessels, chemical ships, research vessels, construction barges, lay barges, motorized platforms, diving vessels, cruise ships, recreational boats or other floating/movable structures.

If you were injured while working offshore or on an inland waterway, you may qualify for compensation under the Jones Act. Some of the conditions that make a vessel unsafe include:

  • Not enough equipment on board to perform the job safely
  • Not enough crew members to perform the job safely
  • Missing or broken safety equipment
  • Unsafe work orders from superiors
  • Unsafe working conditions, including open holes on deck
  • Steps lacking nonskid grating
  • Improper/inadequate training
  • Violation of U.S.C.G. regulations

We Will Work to Meet Your Needs and Goals

The attorneys at Hale Law Firm have experience working on both sides of offshore/maritime cases, having experience working both on behalf of injured seamen and bringing claims for injuries and on behalf of insurance companies in defending maritime claims. This unique experience and insight allows us to form a solid strategy by anticipating the tactics and arguments that might be made by the defendants. We will put the time and attention necessary to form the best possible case strategy as we work to meet your needs and goals.

We assist individuals who have experienced offshore/maritime injuries that include:

  • Wrongful death
  • Amputation/loss of limb
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Injuries caused by explosions, fires and toxic substances

Contact a Lake Charles, Louisiana Offshore/Maritime Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one was injured while working onboard a vessel on the inland waterways or Gulf of Mexico, the Lake Charles offshore/maritime accident attorneys at Hale Law Firm will guide you through every step of the legal process, ensuring that your questions are answered, your concerns are addressed and you are kept up to date on any new developments in your legal matter. For a free personal injury consultation, contact our firm online or by calling 337-426-1071. Call us to discuss your rights and options. No fees, costs, or expenses if no recovery on injury and death cases.