Experienced Maritime Lawyers
If you were injured working as a seaman or fisherman, maritime law will govern your claim. The attorneys at Salim-Beasley, LLC are familiar with how maritime law works and are well-equipped to help you recover money for your injuries and lost wages.
What Is Maritime Law?
Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, was designed to regulate activities that occur on the sea. Since Louisiana is on the border of the Gulf of Mexico, many people earn their living through jobs that involve forms of fishing, boating, tourism or other ocean-related affairs.
Unfortunately, many of these jobs are dangerous and have a high rate of injury. In maritime law, workers may be able to bring a negligence claim against their employer under the Jones Act. Workers could also bring claims against employers if the supplied vessel is not seaworthy.
What Occupations Are Governed By Maritime Law?
Maritime law covers many people who work at sea. Most cases involve fishermen, seamen, longshoreman, tug boat workers, cooks, mates, merchant mariners and those who work in harbors. While many employers carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover work-related injuries, some are not required to do so.
This area of law may also extend to passengers on ships or business contractors in certain cases. However, as with most areas of law, there are limitations to whom maritime law applies. To learn about your specific rights, you may speak with our knowledgeable attorneys.
What Constitutes Employer Negligence?
If you were injured while working on the water, you may be entitled to sue your employer if they were negligent. Some examples of negligence include failing to perform maintenance vessels, working in severe weather, forcing workers to work too many hours without adequate rest and failing to train the crew in an appropriate manner.
There are many different scenarios that can occur working at sea, but our maritime attorneys know how to handle each case appropriately.
Assistance For Your Maritime Case
Those who are injured while working on or near the water in Louisiana may be able to file a personal injury case under maritime law. We are eager to discuss your options and help you pursue the settlement you need. Schedule your consultation by phone at 866-269-5561 or through our online contact form.