There are many workers in Louisiana who face dangerous situations in their day-to-day jobs. The possibility of serious injury occurring on the job is something that no one wants to face, but the reality is that thousands of people are injured each year in their workplaces. In Louisiana, many of these injuries occur in jobs that are related to the maritime industry. Are the workers in these jobs protected by the admiralty and maritime law?
Some of our readers may be familiar with the laws that protect admiralty and maritime workers in Louisiana. The Jones Act is one of these important federal laws that protects workers. This law can come into play when a worker is injured on the job due to the negligence of his or her employer. Employers have an obligation to follow safety regulations and ensure that workers have a safe work environment. If an employer is negligent in this obligation and a worker is injured as a result, the Jones Act may allow the victim to pursue compensation. Before doing so, though, the worker must be classified as a “seaman” under the law.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act covers those workers who aren’t classified as seaman. This law can help those workers who are injured in other jobs in the maritime industry, such as those who work at docks or wharves. Accidents are common in these areas, and anyone who is injured on the job may be able to pursue compensation under the LHWCA.
At our law firm, we know that when workers in Louisiana are injured their lives can be thrown into turmoil. These workers depend on their income and when an injury prevents them from returning to work there may be legal options under admiralty and maritime law. For more information, please visit our website.