Lake Charles Maritime/Offshore Injuries Attorney
A seaman, oil rig worker or dockworker who is injured on the job has special rights and remedies. However, maritime law is complex and employers are often hostile to injury claims. To protect your rights, your job and your family, you owe it to yourself to contact an experienced maritime lawyer.
The Townsley Law Firm helps injured seamen address the immediate and long-term issues created by a maritime accident. Lake Charles trial lawyer Rex Townsley brings 25 years of experience with Jones Act claims and other recoveries. He represents workers injured on offshore rigs and on vessels in the Port of Lake Charles, the Intracoastal Waterway and inland harbors, rivers and bayous of Louisiana.
Maritime And Offshore Injuries Law Firm In Lake Charles
Maritime workers are not covered by the workers’ compensation, personal injury and wrongful death laws that apply to injured employees on land. Maritime injuries and fatalities are covered by federal laws: the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Death on the High Seas Act and general maritime law.
These laws are more beneficial in some ways, but it is critical to hire a lawyer who understands how to document and file such claims and how to follow through to maximize your benefits and settlements.
Rex Townsley and the legal team at The Townsley Law Firm have handled every type of maritime accident and injury. We represent employees injured on:
- Oil platforms and jack-up rigs
- Tankers and freighters
- Barges and tugboats
- Fishing trawlers
- Other seafaring vessels
- Terminals, docks and shipyards
Full Compensation For Maritime Injuries
We understand that seamen and oilrig workers perform dangerous work under hazardous conditions. We also understand that a long-term disability and permanent injury can prevent maritime workers from returning to these high-paying jobs. We will vigorously assert your rights under the Jones Act and other claims to secure:
- Maintenance and cure — medical care and replacement of wages
- Coverage or compensation for future medical care
- Compensation for lost earning capacity
- Compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement
- Damages for pain and suffering
While some of these benefits are automatic, some require proof of liability. Mr. Townsley has experience litigating Jones Act claims against employers and vessel owners for negligence under the doctrine of seaworthiness (safe working conditions). He can explore the facts of your case and give you an honest assessment of your entitled benefits and potential lawsuits.
Whether you were injured while performing maritime duties or injured in any capacity while stationed on a ship or offshore rig, you have rights. For a free consultation and case evaluation, call our Lake Charles maritime/offshore injuries attorney at 337-377-0584 or 800-216-6808 or contact us online.