Port Fourchon Accident Attorneys
Maritime Lawyers Defending Dock & Harbor Workers
Unfortunately, for an injured worker at Port Fourchon, or for someone hurt while working on any vessel traveling to or from this Louisiana seaport, it can be a complex pursuit to seek compensation by way of a maritime claim. This is the case even though the laws protecting offshore workers are clearly laid out. The Jones Act and general maritime law provide a means for injured seamen and other maritime workers to seek financial compensation for on-the-job injuries. These laws offer no-fault coverage as well as recourse for injuries caused by negligence or unseaworthy vessels.
You may have the right to compensation, but your ability to recover a fair settlement or win a just jury award may be limited without a lawyer by your side. This is why we highly recommend involving an attorney if you or someone you love was injured in any type of offshore accident. A Louisiana maritime injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin LLP can offer the legal representation you need to seek the level of compensation you need to rebuild and move on.
A successful Jones Act or other maritime injury claim may include compensation for:
- Room and board
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering
The medical bills and other losses and problems caused by serious offshore injuries can be considerable. Recovering compensation may be someone’s only opportunity to rebuild and move on after such traumatic injuries.
About Port Fourchon, Louisiana
Port Fourchon is in Lafourche Parish, south of the Intracoastal Waterway, where the Bayou Lafourche meets the Gulf of Mexico. The bayou is a busy waterway with boat traffic from offshore oil vessels, pleasure crafts, shrimp boats, and oyster boats. Port Fourchon is a major staging area for deepwater oil exploration and production. Its strategic location provides a competitive advantage as a supply base for oil-and-gas-related activities in the Central Gulf of Mexico.
More than 250 companies use Port Fourchon as their base of operations, with activities ranging from supply boats used to service oil and gas rigs to the maintenance and repair of mobile drilling rigs. Even so, not all maritime activity in Port Fourchon is centered on the energy industry. Port Fourchon is part of an area known for some of the best tuna fishing opportunities in the world, both for commercial fishing and recreational fishing.
Injured Maritime Workers Have the Right to Representation
Working on offshore oil rigs can be dangerous. From 2007-2021, there were 54 deaths, 3,497 injuries, and 1,684 fires and explosions in the Gulf, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE). Those statistics are also underreported; these are just the officially reported casualties.
It only takes a split second for a serious offshore accident to occur, leaving a worker on an oil platform, jack-up rig, or other maritime vessel catastrophically injured and facing an entirely changed future. It is up to an injured worker and/or their family to seek legal counsel from a Port Fourchon maritime attorney who can look to recover the financial damages to which the worker may be entitled. Our firm represents seamen, longshoremen, harbor workers, shipyard workers, and all other types of maritime workers in the Port Fourchon area and throughout Louisiana. We have the skill and resources to handle cases related to explosions and fires, falls, deck accidents, and even fatalities.
Do not wait to enlist the help of a highly skilled attorney who can protect your rights as a maritime worker. Contact Arnold & Itkin today.