Due to the nature of their profession, maritime workers employed on Louisiana’s many inland ports and waterways are often exposed to hazardous working conditions. Accidents can happen at any time. When accidents caused by the negligent actions of a business or individual result in a maritime worker’s injury or death, the victims and their families have a right to compensation. Learn more about inland maritime injuries.
The New Orleans maritime injury lawyers at the Lambert Firm have been representing dockworkers, oil and gas industry employees, seamen, cruise and casino ship employees, fishermen and others inland maritime workers involved in accidents at sea or on inland Louisiana waters for over 40 years. During this time we have acquired big settlements for inland Louisiana maritime workers injured by:
- Equipment Failure and Malfunctions
- Grounding accidents
- Basket, plank and rope transfer accidents
- Fires and Explosions
- Dock and pier accidents
- Falling Objects
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Chemical or Radiation Exposure
Inland Maritime Lawyers Protecting Your Rights
Our years of experience and thorough knowledge of maritime law makes us uniquely qualified to represent personal injury and wrongful death claims that occur during employment on the state’s inland waters. We are familiar with all the many state, federal and international laws that pertain to the rights of maritime workers who have been injured while on the job, such as General Maritime Law, the Jones Act, The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and others.
We also help workers whose inland marine injuries were caused by the negligent actions of a third party, such as a charter boat collision or transfer mishap.
Types of Louisiana Inland Maritime Injuries
You can earn good money and have a rewarding career in the maritime industry. However, the jobs are extremely dangerous. In terms of the number of injuries that occur every year and the severity of job hazards, they are right up there with the construction industry. In the maritime industry, there is the inherent danger of injury in almost every job. The risk of injury is just a fact of life.
At Lambert Zainey, we have successfully helped clients get compensation for a wide variety of inland maritime injuries in Louisiana, including:
- Neck and Back injuries
- Bone fractures
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Hearing loss
- Cuts, lacerations and puncture wounds
- Orthopedic injuries
- Certain types of cancer
- Chemical or radiation exposure
- Respiratory conditions
- Eye injuries
With the right safety procedures and training, many of these accidents can be prevented. Nonetheless, you should understand the most common types of maritime injuries as well as your rights to compensation for the damages you’ve sustained.
Compensation for Inland Port and Waterway Injuries in Louisiana
In some instances, these injuries have life changing consequences. Depending on the severity of your injuries and their cause, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Outstanding, current and anticipated medical expenses
- Emergency room costs
- Physical rehabilitation expenses
- Medical devices, wheelchairs and prosthetics
- Lost wages
- Permanent disabilities
- Inability to earn an income
- Pain & suffering
- Mental anguish
When injuries are so severe they result in death, a worker’s families may receive compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.
We Serve the Entire State of Louisiana With Inland Maritime Injuries
Lambert Zainey’s inland maritime injuries attorneys represent employees working at inland ports and on rivers, lakes and bayous all over Louisiana:
- Lake Charles Port
- Central Louisiana Regional Port
- Port of Greater Baton Rouge
- Cane River
- Pointe Coupee
- Greater Ouachita
- Greater Krotz Springs
- Red River
- Port of South Louisiana
- Intracoastal Waterway
- Lake Pontchartrain
- Lake Providence
- Mississippi River
Inland Port and Waterway Injuries FAQs
Barge accidents can cause serious injury or even death for barge workers due to equipment failure, cargo mishaps, fires, and collisions.
Among workplace injuries both on and off the water, slip, trip, and fall accidents are common. The barge worker should keep all surfaces they walk on and work on clean, dry, and free of obstruction to prevent this type of accident. Maintaining an area’s cleanliness, including stowing gear and equipment when not in use; making sure decks and walkways are well lit; avoiding flooding, ice dams, debris, etc. ; and securing ramps when loading and unloading.
Learn More About Preventing Barge Accidents
Dredging accidents can result in serious, even fatal injuries. Dredge accidents can result in the following types of inland maritime injuries: bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries (tbi), injuries to the spinal cord, internal injuries, burns, amputations, and hypothermia.
Maritime workers usually work irregular and extended shifts due to the 24/7 nature of the industry. It’s not uncommon for seamen and other offshore workers to work shifts of more than 12 hours in length or be on call 24 hours a day. Maritime workers are often unable to get the rest and sleep their minds and bodies need because of these unusual and long work hours. This results in worker fatigue. An individual’s cognitive skills are impaired by fatigue, causing them to react slowly, having difficulty concentrating, and making mistakes more likely – increasing the risk of a serious accident.
Contact a Louisiana Inland Maritime Injury Lawyer
Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Lambert Firm has been protecting the rights of workers injured in inland maritime accidents for over 40 years. If you have been injured while working on the inland waters and ports of Louisiana, don’t put off speaking with an experienced maritime attorney. Statutes of Limitation mean you only have a certain amount of time in which to file your claim.
Call the Lambert Firm at 800-521-1750 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our maritime injury attorneys. They are available to assess the facts of your case, answer any questions you might have, and offer professional advice on the best way to proceed with your claim.
We accept cases on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront fees or costs for our clients, and we don’t get paid until you are awarded a settlement.