Offshore Accident Lawyers

Offshore Accidents
& Jones Act Claims

The oil and gas industry is crucial to the economy in Louisiana, and offshore jobs are incredibly common here in New Orleans. Workers usually take these positions with the understanding that work may be dangerous, but that does not mean that they are not deserving of compensation if they are hurt on the job.

Offshore
Accidents

The oil and gas industry is crucial to the economy in Louisiana, and offshore jobs are incredibly common here in New Orleans. Workers usually take these positions with the understanding that work may be dangerous, but that does not mean that they are not deserving of compensation if they are hurt on the job.
Offshore Accident Lawyers

New Orleans
Offshore Accident
Lawyers

The Jones Act is found in Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, and it serves as a sort of workers’ compensation for offshore workers who would not otherwise be eligible for workers’ compensation. For a person to be considered a seaman for the Jones Act, they must be working on an offshore vessel in navigable waters, and their work must contribute to the purpose or mission of the ship. On June 24, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States held in The Dutra Group v. Batterton, 139 S.Ct. 2275 (2019) that a plaintiff cannot recover punitive damages for a maritime claim of unseaworthiness. The Supreme Court noted that its decision was governed by its decision almost 30 years earlier in Miles v. Apex Marine Corp., 498 U.S. 19 (1990), a case in which the court unanimously held that seamen could not pursue claims for punitive damages under the Jones Act, even in cases of willful misconduct.

Learn more about
Offshore Accidents

TYPES
CAUSES
COMPENSATION
The Jones Act applies not only to boats but to numerous other kinds of vessels such as barges, ships, and even drilling platforms. A seaman typically has three years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit, and some of the typical offshore accidents include:
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Falling Objects
  • Barge and Tugboat Accidents
  • Equipment Failure
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
Many workers injured in offshore accidents have reservations about filing Jones Act claims because of the possible consequences that such actions could have on their employment. You should always feel confident exercising your right to recover all compensation available to you.
A Jones Act claim is somewhat more advantageous for an injured person than the traditional personal injury action because a worker is not required to prove that an employer’s negligence directly caused an accident. The negligence only needs to have played some part in the cause of an accident. Some of the more common causes of offshore accidents include, but are not limited to:
  • Equipment Failure
  • Dangerous Workspaces
  • Contact with Electricity
  • Exposure to Harmful Environments or Substances
  • Procedural Violations
  • Corrosion
Certain Jones Act claims may also involve inclement weather and workers who were forced to perform in very adverse conditions. Companies may be liable for failure to adequately train workers in some cases.
Damages in Jones Act claims are mostly the same as other personal injury cases, with most damages being divided into economic and non-economic damages. The economic damages are awards that cover tangible costs a victim has incurred or will incur while non-economic damages are far more subjective awards for harm that is not quantifiable.

Economic damages include:

  • Lost earnings or earning capacity
  • Transportation charges
  • Medical equipment costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

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