Maritime Accidents: Injuries On Vessels And Offshore Platforms

If you suffer an injury while working on a sea vessel or offshore oil platform, you have rights. In fact, under the federal Jones Act, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit for compensation if you are injured as a result of negligence.

While the Jones Act is very favorable to seamen, it is important to remember that not all workers at sea are necessarily protected by its provisions. For instance, the Jones Act generally only applies to those working on boats, ships and other movable vessels ― meaning oil rig workers may not be covered unless they are on a floating or jackup rig.

However, even if the Jones Act does not apply to your situation, you may still have legal options available if you suffer an injury while working at sea, such as the protections provided by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). Ultimately, knowing which law may apply to your situation is the first step in seeking the compensation you deserve.

At the Louisiana law firm of Glenn W. Alexander, we understand the complex nature of maritime injury law. With more than 40 years of legal experience, attorney Glenn W. Alexander can explain your rights and outline which legal remedies may be available given the law. Do not trust your case to a less experienced lawyer.

We Help All Types Of Workers

Whether you are injured in a ship accident, an oil rig accident or anything in between, we can help. For example, we provide legal guidance to many injured workers, including, but not limited to:

  • Vessel crew members
  • Deckhands
  • Offshore oil rig derrick workers
  • Drillers
  • Offshore wireline workers

Even though you typically have three years following a sea-related work injury to bring a lawsuit under the Jones Act, you still need to act fast ― especially if you aren't sure the Jones Act applies to your situation. In some circumstances, you may be working against a statute of limitations as short as one year, which means you need to contact a lawyer right away.

Don't Delay ― Contact Glenn W. Alexander Today

If you have suffered a work-related injury while at sea, contact Glenn W. Alexander for experienced, effective legal guidance. Call us at 337-494-4398 or reach out to us online to schedule your FREE consultation. From our office in Lake Charles, we serve injured seamen and offshore workers throughout southwest Louisiana.