Maritime Accident Attorney
Maritime Accident Lawyers in New Orleans and Baton Rouge
Our Louisiana attorneys are here to protect your rights following an accident or injury.
Protect Your Rights With Our Maritime Accident Legal Expertise
Navigating maritime law can be overwhelming, especially when you have been injured. At Talbot, Carmouche & Marcello, our maritime accident attorneys are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.
We are committed to protecting your rights and fighting to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact our maritime law firm today for a free consultation, and let us be your trusted advocates in your personal injury case. We proudly work with people in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and across the state of Louisiana.
What is Maritime Law?
Maritime law is the governing of matters involving ships, insurance claims, shipping, and civil matters that occur at sea, in fresh waters, along the coastline of the U.S., or in open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This type of law also governs matters involving harbors, ports, and the high seas. This includes:
- Accidents that occur on the water such as boating accidents
- Aircraft accidents that take place over the U.S. open waters
- International water injuries
- Cruise ship injury cases
- Dock or pier accidents that cause injuries
- Any commercial maritime injury involving passengers aboard a vessel
Maritime Law for Workers
The maritime industry plays a critical role in our economy, and those who work on or near the water face a multitude of risks every day. However, you may not be covered under workers’ comp, especially if your injury occurs offshore.
If you are a longshoreman, harbor worker, or commercial fisherman, it is essential to understand your legal rights following an accident. Our attorneys are well-versed in maritime law, and we are here to protect your interests. Keep reading to learn more about your rights.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides compensation to dockers, harbor workers, and other maritime employees who are injured or develop occupational diseases while on the job. Under the LHWCA, you may be entitled to medical benefits, disability payments, and vocational rehabilitation services. Our experienced maritime attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of LHWCA claims and determine if you are eligible for benefits.
The Jones Act
Seamen who work on ships and other vessels in navigable waters are protected under the Jones Act. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of your employer or a fellow crew member, the Jones Act may allow you to seek compensation. Our maritime accident attorneys have a deep understanding of the Jones Act and can help you build a solid case to pursue damages for your injuries. Our legal team will help determine which act your case falls under and how to best proceed from there.
How to Determine if You Have a Case
If you’ve been injured while working in the maritime industry, you may have a case. It’s essential to consult with an experienced maritime attorney to evaluate your situation. Contact us for a free consultation, and we’ll assess the details of your accident to determine the best course of action.
What You May Be Compensated For
In maritime personal injury cases, compensation can vary based on several factors. This can include the severity of your injuries and whether you can prove negligence or intent. You may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation costs
- Disability benefits
- Wrongful death
- Punitive damages
Our maritime accident attorneys can help determine what compensation you may be entitled to.
When To File a Claim
If you were involved in a maritime law accident, you should consult with our maritime attorneys immediately to see if you may be able to recover damages. Keep in mind there is a statute of limitations in effect so you don’t want to wait.
Therefore, it is important to file your claim as soon as you can to begin building a case against the party at fault. Those involved in the Maritime Industry like longshore workers, who load and unload cargo ships, can file a claim to recover damages if injured on the job. Common personal injury claims filed by crew members include:
- Hazardous ship conditions
- Defective design
- Loss of vessel resulting from poor construction
- Sunken vessels due to leaking oil
How a Maritime Attorney Can Help You
Our maritime attorneys have years of combined experience and knowledge of maritime law in Louisiana. Here at Talbot, Carmouche & Marcello, we are committed to helping victims who sustained maritime injuries get the compensation they are entitled to according to maritime laws or the Jones Act.
Compensation typically covers loss of wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. We will help you gather the evidence needed to develop a legal strategy in an effort to prove you are entitled to compensation. Through open, honest communication, our attorneys will answer any questions you have along the way.
At Talbot, Carmouche & Marcello, our admiralty attorneys understand the dangerous conditions offshore workers often face along with a constant risk of injury. Injuries sustained aboard a vessel or offshore can be severe, placing tremendous financial and emotional burdens not only on the injured party but also on their families.
Our maritime attorneys will help ease these burdens by handling your claim with dedication and focus to recover compensation for the injuries you incurred.
Let Us Handle Your Maritime Claim
If you’ve been injured in a maritime accident in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, don’t face the legal complexities alone. Our compassionate maritime accident lawyers at Talbot, Carmouche & Marcello are here to advocate for your rights. Call today for a free consultation.
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