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.
Every day, Louisiana seamen put their lives at risk while on-the-job. Fortunately, the Federal government has implemented the Jones Act to help protect sea vessel employees who get injured or killed while carrying out the duties of his or her job.
Maritime law has been one of the most important pillars of Louisiana trade for centuries. Many regulations are placed on the fleet to make trade and commerce as smooth as possible. While the United States' ships and vessels that travel outside of the territorial waters bearing the American flag have their own set of maritime laws, internal trade and commerce are also subjected to such laws.
There are several laws across the United States that govern the seas. In Louisiana, the Code of Civil Procedure, Article 1732(6), allows plaintiffs in maritime cases, such as, for example, dockworker injuries, to determine if the matter is to be heard and decided by a jury or a judge. As is the case with defendants in other types of legal matters, maritime defendants do not have the option of asking for a trial by jury.
Boating can be a really fun activity for many Louisiana residents. Getting out on the water can provide entertainment as well as a means of travel. However, hitting the open waters requires skill and attention from anyone who anyone who takes command of a boat -- no matter it's size. The consequences for ignoring boating safety rules and regulations can be very serious.
A man injured on a vessel last year has filed a lawsuit against Big R Towing Inc., where he was previously employed. The man slipped and fell on the vessel's wooden floor during operations. He reportedly suffered a disabling injury and has now filed the suit under the Jones Act in a federal court in Louisiana. The man is seeking an unknown amount of compensation for loss of earning potential and physical and mental pain, among other things.