What Can I Recover In Offshore Accidents?
Offshore accidents are handled differently than other injury cases, so you need to choose a lawyer with specialized skill and experience in this area. Rather than a workers’ compensation claim, seamen injured while working can bring a lawsuit under the Jones Act.
The major difference between workers’ comp and the Jones Act is that the Jones Act takes the employer’s fault or negligence into account. The extent of your employer’s negligence affects the compensation you can recover. Compensation not only covers medical costs and lost wages but it may also include extra benefits to deter employers from making these errors.
You also have a right to seek maintenance and cure, in addition to compensation for negligence. Maintenance and cure does not account for the employer’s fault so it is easier to obtain. Its main purpose is to cover basic expenses during your recovery process.
Answers And Experience On Your Side
At the Knightshead Law Firm, we have experience seeking these benefits for clients injured offshore. The whole process can be confusing for those unfamiliar with it but we can answer your questions and demystify the steps you need to take.
Many companies can be involved in oil rigs or other offshore sites. This means that proving who was at fault for your injuries may not be straightforward. However, we have taken these cases before so we know how to hold the correct parties liable. We will be at your side fighting for the benefits you deserve.
Get Legal Help Now
If you have suffered an offshore injury, we can help you. Contact us online or call 225-424-7351 to set up a free consultation with our attorney, Tedrick Knightshead. Our office is in Baton Rouge and we help clients throughout Louisiana.