Have you been hurt or suffered severe and life altering injuries on the water?

Maritime laws can be complex, requiring specialized assistance from an attorney with maritime personal injury experience. If you have been hurt or are suffering from life altering injuries, Braud & Gallagher can help you, as they have helped hundreds before, to prepare your case for trial. Rest assured that our firm will not settle your case until you have reached the highest maximum award.

Common Maritime Injuries:

Offshore Rig Injuries and Jack up boat injuries

Working on an offshore drilling rig or jack up boat combines hard work on heavy machinery, rough seas, and long hours. Unfortunately, this combination can result in all types of accidents and injuries.

Some common types of offshore injuries can include:

– Burns
– Brain and head injuries
– Back and neck injuries
– Exposure to toxic fumes
– Amputations
– Wrongful Death

Tugboat Accidents

Captains, deckhands, and other crew members can be injured on wet stairs, slippery catwalks, and unsecured ladders. They even risk the loss of vital appendages in winches, cables, or hoists. Rough seas or bad weather conditions can cause sudden movement of the boat, leading to loss of balance and potentially serious head and back injuries.

Crew boat and utility boat injuries

Crew boats and utility boats are vessels which are covered under the Jones Act and maritime laws.  If you are injured on one of these types of vessels you need help from an experienced maritime attorney.

Inland Marine Vessels

Aside from seamen injured on vessels at sea or offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, crew members hurt aboard work boats, or other marine vessels, navigating rivers, lakes, and inland waterways throughout the Gulf Coast may also qualify as Jones Act seaman under maritime laws. This group also includes crew members aboard tugboats, barges, and other vessels.

Boating Accidents

Boating accidents happen most commonly on work related vessels but can also occur on pleasure boats, cruise ships, and ocean research vessels. Pleasure craft also have special laws that require help from an experienced maritime lawyer.

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, better known as the Jones Act, provides remedies for seamen who are injured on the job. The law itself does not define a seaman, but the U.S. Supreme Court has clarified that—

  • The worker must be assigned to a vessel in operation on a navigable waterway;
  • The duties of the worker must contribute to the vessel’s function or mission; and
  • The connection to the vessel must be substantial in both time and nature.

An injured or ill seaman is guaranteed all wages through the end of the voyage. During the voyage and the period of recovery, the seaman receives maintenance and cure until reaching maximum medical improvement.

This federal law provides financial recovery for the families of seamen and aviators who are killed in international waters. DOHSA applies to—

  • Wrongful deaths on vessels more than three nautical miles offshore
  • Wrongful deaths on aircraft more than 12 nautical miles offshore

Surviving spouses and children are entitled to the continuation of expected future earnings.

This workers’ compensation law provides for employees who are injured while working, or have illnesses that are caused or worsened by their work conditions.

Types of workers covered:

  • Longshoremen
  • Harbor workers
  • Outer continental shelf drillers
  • Employees on American defense bases
  • U.S. government contractors outside of the continental United States

Relief provided:

  • Medical benefits
  • Compensation for lost wages
  • Rehabilitation services