Although many have dreamed of a cruising the sea while on vacation or just for fun, not many individuals may think of the sea as being similar to the roads on which they drive on every day. The idea of a voyage sounds more exciting than a long drive; equally, a boating accident may appear to be more horrific than one involving motor vehicles. However, offshore injuries are as likely to be more egregious than those suffered on land and also can be fatal.
The law relating to injuries sustained by Lake Charles, Louisiana, dock workers or those working offshore in the vast water boundaries of Louisiana is fairly just. It provides for compensation to workers who have suffered serious offshore injuries, to those who have suffered disabilities resulting from such serious injuries and also to the families of those killed by these accidents.
Cases of negligence on the part of an employer are common in Louisiana, and if employer negligence is proven, Louisiana courts frequently grant compensation to the wronged, injured parties.
Penalties for drunk driving a boat are similar to those involving a car or truck. According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division, every weekend many boaters are found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Officials arrest these intoxicated boaters to try to prevent offshore injuries.
Five people had to be rescued by emergency workers after the tugboat they were operating capsized near the Port of New Orleans. Although none of the five men sought medical attention or suffered from serious injuries, boating accidents can be very devastating.