Have you been injured in any type of offshore accident? A Port of Shreveport maritime lawyer can help you seek financial compensation for the injuries you have experienced. Whether you have a Jones Act or Death on the High Seas Act claim for injuries sustained due to negligence or unseaworthiness, or a general maritime law to seek maintenance and cure benefits, our firm can help.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our clients include:
In essence, our firm represents seamen of all kinds. We take on cases involving accidents on inland waterways in the U.S., between U.S. ports and even in foreign waters. If you were working at the Port of Shreveport at the time of your injury or were on a vessel or offshore rig anywhere in the Louisiana area, we can assist you. All you have to do is call (888) 346-5024 to schedule your free consultation.
In representing the injured, our offshore injury attorneys have been able to secure billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. We believe this is a testament to our skill and passion in this complex field. Our attorneys have gone up against some of the largest oil companies and insurance providers in the world, winning verdicts and obtaining settlements that have changed our clients' lives emotionally, physically, and financially. Our sole goal is to assist you in seeking justice and recovering the compensation that you may be entitled to.
The Port of Shreveport, Louisiana, now called the Port of Shreveport-Bossier, encompasses more than 2,300 acres on the Red River waterway just south of Shreveport, Louisiana. Shreveport, nicknamed Port City, is in Caddo Parish, the northwestern-most parish in the LA; the port's borders include the Texas and Arkansas state lines. The Port of Shreveport is the commercial and cultural hub of the Ark-La-Tex area. The sister cities of Shreveport and Bossier City are separated by the Red River, with Bossier City to the east and Shreveport to the west.
As part of LA's inland port system and one of four public ports on the Red River, the Port of Shreveport-Bossier links the Ark-La-Tex region to domestic and international markets. The Port of Shreveport-Bossier offers ground, air, and rail transportation. The highways that serve the port include Interstates 20 and 49, US 71, US 171, and LA 3132. Union Pacific provides rail service, and the Shreveport Regional Airport is less than 20 miles from the port.
Industrial activities at the Port of Shreveport-Bossier complex include:
Shreveport was founded by the Shreve Town Company, which recognized the potential of the land located at the meeting point of the Red River and the Texas Trail. The Red River was obstructed by a 180-mile-long logjam that was removed by Captain Henry Miller Shreve, who commanded the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The village of Shreve Town, now Shreveport, was named in his honor.
One of the Shreveport-Bossier area's earliest industries was the maritime industry, with steamboats shipping cotton and other crops on the Red River. The early 1900s saw the establishment of railroads in the area, and these railways became the preferred method of transportation for shipping goods. The Red River became overgrown and unusable for navigation until a restoration project was completed in 1994 by the U.S. by the Army Corps of Engineers with a series of lock-and-dam structures and a navigation channel.
In addition to dramatically improving the river's commercial viability, the lock-and-dam project has resulted in vastly enhanced water quality and recreational opportunities. Amenities such as boat launches, picnic areas, campsites, RV parks, and hiking trails line the banks, as luxury riverboat gambling palaces navigate the Red River.
These and other developments have given rise to new businesses to serve the needs of the growing tourist market. The success of the casino industry and the opening of the Shreveport Convention Center underscore Shreveport's growth in popularity as a major Louisiana tourist destination. With the Foreign Trade Zone and U.S. Customs Port of Entry located at the Shreveport-Bossier Port, plus the Haynesville Shale natural gas discoveries, the Shreveport-Bossier area is a thriving port and shipping center.
Though it is true that maritime work involves some level of danger for a worker, negligence and wrongdoing aside, this does not negate a worker's right to seek fair compensation if injured. As a worker at the Port of Shreveport-Bossier or a seaman, you may be entitled to financial relief no matter the circumstances surrounding your injuries.
Our firm represents all maritime workers, from those who have been injured in deck accidents, to those have suffered burn injuries or lost loved ones in fires and explosions, even to those that have sustained head trauma or have back injuries due to the highly physical nature of their job. We are prepared to handle all maritime claims.
Reach out to Arnold & Itkin for a free case consultation to learn about your legal options.
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