Arnold & Itkin has been continually recognized for our commitment to fighting for maximum compensation, no matter the opponent. At our firm, we don't just make empty promises--we back them up with hard work and high-quality help. We have even won the largest single-event, personal injury verdict in Louisiana history. Although we are not able to make guarantees regarding the future outcomes of our cases, you can trust that we can work hard for you. Our track record speaks for itself.
Jones Act & Maritime Injury Claims in Louisiana
We are committed to representing the interests of injured maritime workers and addressing injury cases related to incidents that occur near key Louisiana ports:
- Grand Isle Port
- Greater Ouachita Parish Port
- Natchitoches Parish Port
- Plaquemines Parish Port
- Pointe Coupee Port
- Port Fourchon
- Port Manchac
- Port of Alexandria
- Port of Caddo-Bossier
- Port of Columbia
- Port of Greater Baton Rouge
- Port of Houma
- Port of Iberia
- Port of Krotz Springs
- Port of Lake Charles
- Port of Lake Providence
- Port of Mermentau
- Port of Morgan City
- Port of New Orleans
- Port of Shreveport
- Port of South Louisiana
- Port of Vermilion
- Port of West St. Mary
- Red River Parish Port
- St. Bernard Port
- Terrebonne Port
- West Calcasieu Port
- West Cameron Port
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Many factors can lead to an offshore accident—from task omission to mechanical failure to weather to poor communication to fatigue or substance abuse. At Arnold & Itkin, we are committed to not only representing injured seamen in maritime claims but also to educating our clients on their rights.
Our firm is committed to representing
injured Louisiana offshore workers.
If you would like to learn more about these matters, please feel free to call our firm for a free consultation.
Maritime workers who are injured are protected by law. However, in order for a seaman to seek the benefits available under the Jones Act, they must meet the three-part qualifications of the status test.
Are you unsure whether or not you
qualify as a Jones Act seaman?
First, you must be assigned to a vessel that is not removed from operation or permanently moored (it must be operating on a navigable waterway). Second, you must have duties that directly contribute to the vessel’s function or mission. Third, your connection to the vessel must be substantial in both time and nature.
The Jones Act is one of the most important parts of maritime law. It is a federal statute that provides important legal protections for seamen by granting injured seamen the right to file a claim.
Under the Jones Act, you may be able
to file a claim for financial compensation.
Our Louisiana Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP can provide you with helpful information and guidance related to your rights as an injured seaman in virtually any capacity. We have extensive experience in handling these matters and have successfully recovered billions of dollars for our clients.
A harbor worker is a person employed in or around the harbor who is engaged in maritime activities. They are typically involved in the construction, conversion, overhaul, repair, alteration, and outfitting of ships.
Harbor workers have the right to receive
compensation when an injury occurs.
It is important for all harbor workers to understand how the law protects their rights, and a Louisiana maritime attorney from our firm can help. We have a successful track record with handling harbor worker injury cases and can provide invaluable legal insight for your case. Contact us today.
If you were injured in an accident aboard a ship or oil platform off the coast of Louisiana, it is important to consider your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act if your employer was negligent or may be able to seek benefits under other circumstances as allowed by maritime law.
Offshore accidents can be serious, leading
to catastrophic injuries or even death.
Make sure you work with an attorney who can help you seek the compensation that is needed to cover medical care, lost wages, and more. Contact Arnold & Itkin LLP and you will receive an honest, accurate analysis of your particular case. Our legal team has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
Maritime piracy has existed for centuries and has become increasingly sophisticated and exceedingly dangerous. Modern day pirates are known for using semi-automatic weapons and organized techniques to attack and loot vessels on the high seas. In some cases, crewmembers may be taken hostage.
Seaman and offshore workers are already
subject to a difficult line of work.
Every day, seaman work with heavy machinery, rigging, and equipment that can cause serious accidents. When you add the additional threat of piracy, it is especially important that a seaman understands his/her rights under maritime law. Our Louisiana maritime attorneys can provide helpful insight. Call today.
Oil spills are tragic incidents that not only have an immediate effect on local businesses, but have a profound impact on the environment and can take a serious toll on an individual’s health. If you were affected by an oil spill, it is therefore critical that you contact a lawyer immediately to discuss your case.
You may have grounds to pursue
financial compensation for your losses.
When you work with us, you can be confident knowing that you have heavyweights in your corner who will go above and beyond to provide you with legal counsel that is compassionate and effective.
Maritime law can be complex—and the specific rights you have if injured as a seaman, harbor worker, shipyard worker, or longshoreman will vary. The cause and location of the incident that led to your injuries, as well as the type of work you were performing, may influence your ability to recover compensation.
To ensure your rights are fully protected,
you should not hesitate to call a lawyer.
Our Louisiana maritime lawyers can offer you experienced guidance when you need it. We know how to handle various types of maritime claims and can also determine how state law may affect your claim.
The United States Supreme Court has made a clear distinction that an injured worker cannot be a seaman and a longshoreman at the same time, ruling out the possibility that an injured longshoreman worker could bring Jones Act or general maritime law claims against their employer.
Instead, hurt longshoremen
are covered under the LHWCA.
The LHWCA is a federal law that provides for payable compensation, medical care, and vocational rehabilitation services to workers disabled from injuries on the job. The law states that the injuries must occur on the navigable waters of the United States or in the adjoining areas.
Because there are many different types of jobs that a maritime worker in Louisiana may perform, the particular types of injuries that you or a loved one may sustain in an offshore accident may vary.
Injured? You can trust in our firm.
Arnold & Itkin LLP can provide you with knowledgeable insight for any type of injury or wrongful death claim related to an accident that occurred offshore. With our knowledge of maritime law and seamens' rights under the Jones Act, we are confident in our ability to properly deal with any type of injury.
Fires can cause serious burns and suffocation while explosions can cause burns, as well as broken bones, head trauma, and spine injuries. When an offshore worker or seaman sustains injuries of this kind or loses his or her life in an explosion or fire, the worker or his or her family may be able to take legal action.
Our firm handles offshore accident claims
for all kinds for maritime workers in LA.
If you would like to talk about the circumstances surrounding the offshore fire or explosion that caused your injuries, please feel free to contact us immediately. We offer completely free consultations.
In Louisiana ports, as well as throughout the Gulf of Mexico, there are countless maritime and energy-related companies operating. If you or someone you love was injured while in their employment, you may have grounds to pursue a maritime injury claim—and the experienced lawyers from our legal team can help.
We have recovered $1 billion
in the last 5 years alone.
If you would like to learn more about the different companies, we encourage you to read through their profiles on our website today. You can also contact us to take the first step in your case with a free consult.
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