Jones Act Claim Attorneys in Lafayette
Recovering Under the Jones Act After a Maritime Accident
Were you injured while working on an offshore oil rig, boat, supply vessel, barge, semi-submersible, cruise ship or other floating vessel? Under the Jones Act, injured seamen can seek compensation when they are injured in a maritime accident caused by their employer’s negligence. At the Joseph Joy & Associates law firm, in Lafayette, Louisiana, we have more than 35 years of experience handling Jones Act claims. We have successfully tried many of these claims in federal court. Insurance companies know that we are not willing to settle for anything less than fair compensation; if they do not offer a fair settlement in your case, we are not afraid to fight for you in court.
Special Rights Under the Jones Act
Injured seamen have special rights under the Jones Act. These rights are protected by the federal court system, and they go beyond the rights of workers’ compensation claimants.
Typically, land basin employers are immune under the state workers’ compensation act or Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). However, Jones Act seamen are not barred in any way from bringing a Jones Act claim against their employer or the owners of the vessels. Even individuals injured while working high-risk jobs on floating vessels can bring a Jones Act claim for their injuries caused by:
- Their employer’s negligence
- An unseaworthy vessel
- Their employer’s failure to provide sufficient medical care
Jones Act claimants can recover “maintenance and cure,” including compensation for the food and shelter they would have received while working and compensation for their medical care and rehabilitation.
A Former Offshore Worker Dedicated to Your Claim
Personal injury attorney Joseph “Buzzy” Joy worked offshore for many years before he began his law practice, including working on supply boats, crew boats and rigs. He understands the perils of working offshore and the many ways that individuals can be negligently injured. He now protects the rights of injured seamen in federal Jones Act claims. In 1980, Mr. Joy made legal history in Louisiana in a back injury case, in which he proved that 135 pounds was too heavy for a seaman to handle without assistance. This was the first case of its kind where the singular theory of recovery for the injured worker was that 135 pounds was too heavy for a Jones Act seaman to handle alone.
Contact Joseph R. Joy & Associates
If you were injured in a boat accident, floating oil rig accident or other maritime accident, let us bring your case to a jury. Contact our Louisiana maritime accident injury lawyers for a free case evaluation about your Jones Act claim. Call us at 1-800-824-9281 or email us.
Free initial consultation. No costs unless we recover compensation for you.