As the weather improves and schools let out for holidays, people may engage in recreational activities, like boating. Summer weather allows boaters and passengers to enjoy the fresh air and unwind. However, in the process of unwinding, people may end up having a little too much to drink. After all, alcohol has been found to be the leading cause of boating accidents, at around 15 percent of deaths across the country and 12.5 percent in Louisiana.
Louisiana residents may have heard of the term DUI and know it refers to driving under the influence, but they may not be familiar with BUI-boating under the influence. According to the Coast Guard, a boat operator who has as much alcohol as a vehicle driver is likely to become more impaired faster than the driver.
It is important for injured seamen, oil rig workers and dock workers to be familiar with the remedies available to them if they have been injured in a maritime accident. Injured workers on land have workers' compensation and personal injury protections not available to workers injured on offshore rigs, vessels, docks and waterways. Different remedies are available to injured seamen, oil rig workers and dock workers that help protect them, their livelihoods and their families.
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?
Working on the water can be dangerous due to unpredictable water and weather conditions, as well as the negligence of shipping companies. The Jones Act allows many seamen who have been injured on-the-job to file lawsuits against their negligent employers. One vessel employee has filed suit in Louisiana against a vessel owner after a slip-and-fall onboard.
Maritime workers in Louisiana are often at risk for on-the-job injuries due to the negligence of those who hire them. A maritime worker is filing suit against a Louisiana shipbuilding company for mental and physical injuries he suffered while working. The suit alleges negligence and violation of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. This federal law requires that those who employ maritime workers provide workers' compensation to those that are injured while on-the-job. Those who have suffered a dockworker injury are protected by this law.The man claims that he was negligently exposed to toxic fumes or loud noises while aboard various vessels belonging to the defendant. As a result, he reports serious injuries leading to permanent disability. The man also claims lost wages, medical expenses, mental anguish and pain.
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.
Louisiana families of maritime workers are well aware of the risks their loved ones face every day. One man and his wife have experienced these risks first hand. The wife has now filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Louisiana against Smith Maritime and others after her husband suffered disabling injuries while on the job.
In Louisiana, it is common for boats and ships to be used for a variety of purposes, including recreation and the transportation of goods. Because of the significant shipping industry, Louisiana has a number of laws in place to protect those who work on these sea vessels. If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime setting, you may want to file a lawsuit against those responsible for the injuries.
Many residents in the Lake Charles area are employed on oilrigs, platforms and tankers. Deckhands, mechanics, operators and other crew members work in offshore oil drilling in the Gulf. These workers may work on fixed platforms, jack-up rigs or semi-submersible rigs. There are also seamen that work on oil tankers and vessels that aid drilling rigs. Unfortunately, all of these workers are at a high risk for accidents that lead to devastating injuries.