Louisiana’s many rivers are the lifeblood of the state’s economy. At any given time there is a steady stream of vessels – from fishing and casino boats to cargo ships and oil tankers – making their way up and down the gently flowing river waters. Some of the nation’s busiest ports are located along the Mississippi River. The rivers provide employment to thousands of Louisiana’s citizens.
Maritime workers on Louisiana’s rivers face many of the same hazards as those working at coastal ports or on the high seas. There is always the chance of accident or injury, but the risks are greatly increased when companies and individuals are negligent in their actions.
Protect the Rights of Louisiana’s River Workers
Workers injured on Louisiana’s rivers, lakes and inland waterways may qualify to collect federal benefits under the Jones Act and other maritime laws. These laws can be very complex; to fully understand your legal rights you will want to speak with a lawyer with extensive experience in maritime law.
The New Orleans maritime attorneys at the Lambert Firm have been protecting the rights of injured workers in Louisiana for more than 35 years. Let us put our extensive knowledge of US and International maritime law to work on your behalf. We want to help you secure a fair and just settlement for any injuries you suffered while working on a river or inland river port.
Causes of River Injuries in Louisiana
At Lambert Zainey, we’ve represented clients injured due to:
- Equipment Failure and Malfunction
- Defective Equipment
- Basket, plank and rope transfer accidents
- Fires and Explosions
- Dock and pier accidents
- Falling Objects
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Falling Objects
- Chemical Exposure
All of these accidents are capable of causing serious river injuries and even death. Some of the injuries Louisiana river workers commonly experience include:
- Neck and Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Crush injuries
- Chemical poisoning
- Orthopedic injuries
- Eye injuries
- Acoustic trauma
Get Compensation for your Injuries
Depending on the severity of your injuries and the circumstances that caused to them, you may be able to collect compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
If the injuries are severe enough to result in the worker’s death, then their families may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.
Speak With an Experienced Louisiana River Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured while working on one of Louisiana’s rivers you have a right to seek full compensation for all your pain, suffering and financial losses. Getting this compensation may be a challenge without an experienced Louisiana river injuries attorney on your side.
At the Lambert Firm we are dedicated to getting you the best settlement possible for your injuries. Let us put our knowledge and expertise to work for you. Call us today at 800-521-1750 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our Louisiana river injuries attorneys are available to review the facts of your case, answer any questions you might have and offer advice on how to move forward with your claim.