There are certain risks that come with working in some industries. Construction is a particularly dangerous industry to work in, but you hardly hear people talking about the dangers of working in the maritime industry. This field of work involves waterborne commerce (or transporting goods, people, and more across bodies of water).
Often, these workers work with heavy machinery and large loads. They must maintain the highest standard of care and safety to ensure that they and their coworkers are safe. However, for one reason or another, maritime accidents do happen. Often, these accidents are quite devastating, leaving workers with life-altering injuries or even killing them.
When a worker fails to live up to this responsibility, a piece of equipment is faulty, or employers do not ensure the workspace is safe, and others sustain injuries, injured employees can file an accident claim under the Jones Act and other maritime laws.
The Jones Act, along with all other maritime laws, are complicated to understand. Not every attorney has experience with these types of accidents or these laws, which puts them at a disadvantage.
Fortunately, the expert personal injury attorneys at Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. possess a thorough understanding of the Jones Act and other maritime laws, which provides them with the tools they need to ensure your claim. Our understanding of these accidents and the laws that protect maritime workers puts us at an advantage in the courtroom. With the help of our expert and experienced legal team, you put yourself in the best position to recover damages.
The Jones Act
The Jones Act is Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. It protects crew members working within the maritime industry in case they suffer injuries. This act allows them to hold maritime employers and organizations accountable for their negligence, recklessness, or inaction.
Workers have the right to file claims for recovery against their employers if they suffered seaman injuries while on the job. Our Louisiana and Mississippi attorneys have the best interest in mind for all seaman workers, including:
- Crew members
- Offshore drilling rig workers
- Commercial fishermen
- Passengers on personal watercrafts, riverboats and cruise ships
Often, when you suffer a maritime injury, you have to go up against big corporations, which can be daunting. However, hardworking maritime professionals deserve justice and compensation for their injuries, regardless of if you work in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf Coast, along rivers, on lakes, or in any other body of water.
Working in the maritime industry is a dangerous profession. While there are safety measures in place to protect seaman, many employers and employees do not always follow them, and accidents occur.
At Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C., our team of experienced and dedicated attorneys are here to even the odds. We will work diligently to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve. Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation.