We Fight For Workers Throughout Southeast Louisiana
Federal laws — the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) and the Jones Act — and workers' compensation insurance cover injuries to employees who work on the water, in ports and harbors, and in navigable waters. But insurance companies are not exactly compassionate and willing to pony up the money you deserve. You need a Louisiana law firm that is dedicated to fighting for maritime workers and their families.
At Schwartz Law Firm LLC, we have over 25 years of combined experience bringing actions for negligence on behalf of people who have been severely injured on the water. Ship owners, harbor operators and shipping service companies are responsible for maintaining the safety of workers and seamen.
Get The Full And Fair Compensation You Deserve
If you are injured as a sailor, longshoreman, harbor worker or offshore worker, you are entitled to compensation for at least your medical care costs and two-thirds of your average weekly pay while you are unable to work.
- Injured workers who file a claim under the LHWCA can recover only medical benefits and lost wages, but injured longshoremen and harbor workers may be entitled to these benefits for life, depending on the severity of injuries.
- Maritime worker injuries under the Jones Act require a lesser burden of proof, and injury claim compensation could include pain and suffering damages beyond wage loss and medical cost compensation.
However, your employer's workers' compensation insurer is not likely to simply pay you the full benefits you are entitled to receive. The insurer will try to make you jump through a series of legal and administrative hoops, all in an effort to find grounds to minimize your claim for benefits.
Your claim is valuable. Don't let the insurance company diminish it. Get an experienced maritime accident claim lawyer on your side from the start.
Call us in Metairie or Baton Rouge at 504-266-0253 or toll free at 800-711-9366 to get a FREE initial consultation with one of our lawyers. We are available 24/7.
Recreational And Other Users Injured On The Water
Employees who actually work on offshore drilling rigs or in shipping and longshore-related occupations (those covered by the LHWCA and the Jones Act) are probably a minority of those who use the water.
Just a few users not covered by these statutes include:
- Recreational sailors
- Passengers and crew members on cruise ships
- Members of scientific expeditions
- River workers
- First responders
In such cases, our attorneys are still able to bring an action to recover the compensation due to you, under the general principles of negligence law that apply to injuries suffered offshore as much as on land. The action is most likely to be governed by federal law and held in federal court, where we have had considerable success with negligence cases over the years.
Our Attorneys In Baton Rouge And Metairie Are Available 24/7
We will fight hard for you to obtain all the compensation to which you are legally entitled for your damages and losses. Contact us online or call us at 504-266-0253 or toll free at 800-711-9366 to set up a free initial consultation with an attorney.
You pay nothing unless we win a recovery for you, in which case we charge only a fraction of your recovery as an attorney fee.