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Louisiana Maritime Injury Attorney

As one of the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana has hundreds of miles of coastline. Add to that the mouth of the Mississippi River, which sees thousands of ships travel along its width through Louisiana to and from northern ports, as well as Louisiana’s booming oil and offshore drilling economy, and it’s no surprise that thousands of people in Louisiana are employed by the vital maritime industry in our great state. 

Of course, with all the coming and going of ships, the dangerous working conditions on offshore rigs, and all the changing weather conditions of the Gulf Coast, accidents happen. Sometimes those accidents are no one’s fault, but when they are, either due to human error, poorly maintained equipment, carelessness of crew and operators, or negligence of ship and rig owners, figuring out who’s liable for the various damages and injuries can be complicated.

If you’ve been injured in a maritime accident, you need an injury lawyer on your side with the experience of navigating the various laws, agencies, and jurisdictions of maritime law. Since 1986, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys has served victims in maritime and offshore accidents in Louisiana and their families. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

Types of maritime accidents and offshore injuries

Divers, deckhands, dock workers, drillers, longshoremen, seamen, and other offshore workers are at a high risk for a number of serious injuries or even death while on the job. Injuries can include brain injuries, spinal injuries, limb amputations, or worse. Depending on the severity of your injuries and the type of vessel or platform you were on when they occurred, the available compensation for damages, as well as who’s at fault, can vary greatly. Whatever the injury, the cost of medical treatment, surgeries, stays at the hospital, physical and occupational therapy, and the resulting loss of income can be crippling.

If you’ve been injured offshore or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident that resulted from negligence or one of the following, give the maritime injury lawyers at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys a call today. We’re dedicated to making sure you’re properly compensated for what happened.

  • Barge and tugboat accidents
  • Boat and watercraft accidents
  • Commercial fishing accidents
  • Deck hand injuries
  • Dredging accidents
  • Jones Act claims
  • Offshore and inland drilling accidents
  • Offshore platform or vessel explosions
  • River and inland water accidents

Law areas that can impact your maritime law claim

Maritime law is quite different from other types of law. There’s a number of laws specific to ships, dockyards, and the open water, such as the Jones Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Shipowners’ Limited Liability Act, Death on the High Seas Act, and others. There’s also jurisdictional issues that differ between recreational vessels and commercial ones, as well as different bodies of water.

If you’re injured on a ship or around the water, you need a lawyer with experience arguing those kinds of cases in maritime court. Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys have been practicing maritime law since 1986, so we know the ins and outs of the law. We also have the contacts and soft skills necessary to navigate the complex waters of maritime injury litigation. We always fight to achieve the best financial recovery possible for our clients, and we don’t accept payment unless we win or settle your claim.

We have locations in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport, Ascension, Livingston, Zachary, Hammond, Lake Charles, and Monroe. Give us a call today at 888.501.7888 for a free consultation on your offshore or maritime injury today!

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