Baton Rouge Maritime Lawyers
Admiralty and maritime laws apply to accidents that occur on or near navigable waters, this may be at sea or on rivers and lakes. With its proximity to the Gulf Coast and location along the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a leading port city for the rest of the country. Home to large-scale production facilities, chemical plants and oil refineries, Baton Rouge waterways are major transportation channels for the distribution of millions of tons of vital cargo throughout the U.S. Thousands of Louisiana residents are employed in the maritime industry working aboard tankers, crew boats, lay barges, spars, and offshore platforms. Unfortunately every year, many of these workers suffer serious and even fatal injuries in offshore accidents.
The harsh natural environments of the ocean where offshore rigs are based and the intercoastal waterways, rivers and canals that tug boats, barges and cargo ships navigate do play a part in the dangers of maritime work. However, many man-made errors can contribute to unsafe conditions that can lead to catastrophic accidents and injuries. Defective or poorly maintained equipment and vessels, carelessness of other crewmembers and operators, and negligence of rig and ship owners, and lack of proper safety protocols and protective gear, are all factors that have caused the deaths and injuries of countless maritime workers in Baton Rouge, LA. Some of the most common injuries sustained in maritime accidents include burns, slips, head trauma from falling materials and equipment, being hit by heavy machinery, and toxic chemical exposures.
Experienced Maritime Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA
Our Baton Rouge maritime injury lawyers are highly knowledgeable in the areas of law that cover these injury claims, including the Jones Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Shipowners’ Limited Liability Act, Death on the High Seas Act, as well as jurisdiction covering recreational vessels and ships. Every injury and the circumstances that led to the accident is unique and will fall under a different area of maritime and admiralty law. Having a maritime attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who is experienced in representing and winning these injury cases is important to getting the most favorable settlement or court verdict.
At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, we have represented clients in all types of offshore accident legal claims and fought to achieve the best financial recovery possible. Our law firm has served the Baton Rouge region for more than 25 years and we have a history of success – obtaining billions of dollars in financial compensation for injured victims and their families. Call us now at 225.888.8888 for a free consultation.
Recover Compensation for Maritime and Offshore Injuries
The potential damages that are available to injured parties depends on the severity of the injuries and the kind of vessel or offshore platform that was involved. Seamen, longshoremen, divers, dock workers, deck hands, drillers, dereckmen, roughnecks, and other offshore workers are at high risk for limb amputations, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, eye injuries and sometimes losing their lives while on the job. For these workers and their families, the costs of medical treatments, surgeries, hospital stays, long-term physical and occupational rehabilitation, and loss of income associated with maritime accidents can be as a crippling as the physical injury itself.
Our team of Baton Rouge maritime lawyers will work hard to get you and your family the money you deserve. You won’t pay us a dime in legal fees if we don’t win your case. Contact us at 225.888.8888 now if you have been seriously injured offshore or lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident that was the result of unseaworthiness or negligence Baton Rouge, Louisiana or the surrounding areas, including:
- Offshore platform or vessel explosions
- Boat and watercraft accidents
- River and inland water accidents
- Barge and tugboat accidents
- Offshore and inland drilling accidents
- Dredging accidents
- Commercial fishing accidents
- Deck hand injuries
- Jones Act claims