Every day, hundreds of maritime workers in Lake Charles head to work, putting them at risk for injury. Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect these workers and their families.
The Jones Act was implemented to help provide injury compensation to seamen who were seriously injured while working. In order to file a successful lawsuit based on the Jones Act, the worker must prove that his employer or vessel operator was negligent in allowing an unsafe vessel to hit the water and that the worker suffered an injury because of this negligence.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is also intended to help protect maritime workers. This Act is specifically geared toward those who are not defined as seamen under the Jones Act. Workers who repair vessels and work on docks and piers are included under this law. In addition, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act covers maritime workers injured while working on the outer continental shelf.
The family of a maritime worker that has been killed at sea, beyond three nautical miles of U.S. shores, can file a wrongful death suit under the Death on the High Seas Act. If successful, the family may recover compensation for funeral costs and other damages.
Not all personal injury attorneys have the knowledge or experience required to handle maritime and admiralty law cases. The Townsley Law Firm is one of the few firms equipped to handle the complex nature of these cases. For injured maritime workers and families who have lost a loved one in a maritime accident, contacting The Townsley Law Firm may be beneficial. Likewise, our firm’s website has more information about the firm and about maritime law issues. As with any other case, our attorneys do their best to help injured maritime workers, or their family members, recover damages.