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Offshore Injury Attorney in Lafayette

Are you a crew member of a vessel who has been injured while doing your job due to your employer’s negligence? If so, you are eligible for compensation under the Jones Act. It is important that you choose a maritime/offshore injury attorney who is familiar with the Jones Act and understands maritime law. Eligibility under the Jones Act and degree of entitlement to compensation can be very complex. We have extensive experience with the Jones Act and seaman cases over our 75 years in business.

Filing An Injury Claim You Can Count On

The Jones Act provides protection for seamen injured while working aboard vessels in navigable waterways. Under the Jones Act, a crew member of a vessel, a seaman, injured due to his or her employer’s negligence is entitled to the cost of medical treatment and a daily stipend during recovery, maintenance and cure. Due to the excellent benefits available under the act, the seaman must prove that his or her injury was caused by his or her employer’s negligence. The employer is also able to present evidence in an attempt to prove comparative fault – that the seaman was partly to blame for his or her injury. If the employer is successful, any damages available under the act would be reduced by the degree of the seaman’s fault.

If you are injured while working at sea or on navigable waterways, it is of great importance that you describe the entire circumstances in your accident report in a timely fashion. This accident report will be instrumental in any claims you may later assert, so it is important that you are as factually accurate as possible.

A Skilled Oil Rig Accident Lawyer

Oil drilling is a dangerous occupation. In fact, oil rigs are some of the most dangerous places to work. In addition to explosions, like the highly publicized explosion along the Louisiana Gulf Coast recently, workers experience many other serious injuries. At the J. Minos Simon Law Firm, we have helped our clients who have experienced injuries, including:

  • Amputations
  • Serious back injuries, including neck injuries and herniated discs
  • Serious brain injuries
  • Serious burn injuries
  • PTSD and other psychological injuries

Compensation For The Victims Of Offshore And Oil Rig Accidents

At the J. Minos Simon Law Firm, our Lafayette oil rig accidents attorney, J. Quentin Simon, is committed to helping injured oil rig workers obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We know that workers take a risk when they work on oil rigs. Flammable and combustible materials, difficult working conditions and long hours make the job dangerous. However, no worker deserves to be injured. Our law firm represents workers who have been injured by falling objects, slips and falls, defective equipment, dangerous machinery, worker fatigue and otherwise unsafe working conditions.

In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, it may also be possible to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to get compensation for the harm you or a loved one experienced. We take the time to speak with our clients, explain the pros and cons of legal action and achieve the best possible results for legal matters we handle for our clients.

Lafayette Maritime Accident Lawyer

At the J. Minos Simon Law Firm, we represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and other U.S. laws that protect fishermen, seamen, harbor workers and their families. For over 75 years, our Lafayette, Louisiana, law firm has developed a reputation for success in cases involving workers who have been hurt on oil rigs and sea-going vessels, ranging from small boats, jack-up barges and large ships.

We also represent people who have been injured during the transfer of materials and personnel from one platform to another or from land to offshore facilities via helicopter, as well as helping injured victims during the transfer of materials and personnel via personal transfer basket or crane. Many of these cases involve injuries caused by an employer’s negligence and/or the negligence of a third party. Our clients have experienced injuries, including:

  • Amputations
  • Serious back injuries
  • Serious brain injuries
  • Serious burn injuries
  • Serious neck injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • PTSD and other psychological injuries

Compensation Under The Jones Act

Injured seamen may be eligible for compensation under the Jones Act. If you are a seaman who was injured while working on a vessel, you may be eligible for certain benefits. The law is complicated, though, and things can get technical. We tell it like it is, explaining things in clear English. We don’t sugarcoat the truth, and we take the time necessary to make sure you understand your situation and the likely results.

Let Us Fight For You

At the J. Minos Simon Law Firm, Lafayette maritime accidents and Louisiana personal injury lawyer J. Quentin Simon can handle the legal matters that affect you. J. Quentin Simon can handle such matters that affect you including general maritime claims, Longshore harbor workers’ compensation claims and Jones Act claims.

To schedule your free initial consultation with our firm, call 337-294-8581. You can also contact us online, and attorney J. Quentin Simon will be in touch with you promptly. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with evening and weekend hours available by appointment.