It's not as farfetched as you may think...
After successfully handling hundreds of maritime injury cases, our firm knows the top questions and concerns running through workers' minds...
- Will I have to file a claim against my employer? (But I like my employer...)
- Once I file a claim, will I be blacklisted from the industry?
- If I can't return to the industry, what will I do for work?
- I'm not earning income during my recovery - how will I pay for treatment?
- How will I support my family while I am out of work?
We understand the unique and difficult situation maritime workers find themselves in after sustaining an injury offshore on an oil rig, tugboat or barge. It is never an easy decision to take legal action against an employer, possibly put a co-worker at risk of losing their job, and risk losing yours forever. However, the law offers special protections for maritime workers and their families.
Hi, I'm Tim Young, a Jones Act and maritime attorney in New Orleans, and I want to take this opportunity to explain how our attorneys can help you seek compensation for your injuries and use our firm's in-depth knowledge of maritime injury law and the Jones Act to dispel the myths surrounding maritime injury claims. You can learn more about me by reading my bio.
Are you eligible for compensation under a maritime injury claim?
First and foremost, workers should not rely on their employers or companies to tell them if they have grounds for a claim. A maritime injury claim will be subject to the Jones Act and other aspects of maritime law, which essentially state that if a worker's company did anything wrong at all or if it failed to do something that could have prevented an accident, it is responsible for whatever damages the worker suffers.
- pain and suffering,
- lost wages, and
- lost future income.
Under the Jones Act, a worker simply has to show that their company knew about something or could have done something differently. The maritime lawyers at The Young Firm enlist the help of offshore industry experts to determine if and how the company made an error that led to your accident.
Beware of Hiring a "Personal Injury" Attorney for Your Maritime Claim
The typical injury lawyer in New Orleans deals with car accidents, slip and fall cases, dog bite cases or even family law claims. Such New Orleans injury attorneys may not be familiar with the specific federal laws – such as the Jones Act – that protect injured workers on oil rigs, abroad vessels and other maritime workers.
A typical injury attorney may lack the industry connections and know-how that can help your case. Unlike Jones Act attorneys, those who have a general personal injury practice may not understand the inner workings of maritime insurance companies, which are often different than those that handle car accidents or other injury claims. Likewise, they may not have a plethora of expert witnesses or industry leaders on whom to call.
Jones Act attorney, Tim Young, and his team of Maritime Lawyers Focus Solely on Maritime Injury Claims
Our office is one of the very few in the country (two others to our knowledge!) that limits its practice to representing only injured maritime workers. That’s correct. We are an exclusive firm that focuses solely on maritime and Jones Act claims. Read more here about why this is so important to you.
Before you choose a firm to handle your case, ask them how many Jones Act and maritime injury claims they have handled. A good way to get an objective answer is to ask what percentage of their income last year came from handling Jones Act or maritime cases that are similar to your own.
To give you an idea of where our Jones Act law firm stands, maritime and Jones Act claims account for 100 percent of The Young Firm's cases. In fact, we do not accept car accident, medical malpractice or slip and fall cases. Our Jones Act attorneys are focused solely on fighting for injured maritime and offshore workers.
Your case won’t be a “learn as you go” endeavor for The Young Firm. Our maritime lawyers are focused solely on offshore cases and Jones Act cases. Each Louisiana Jones Act lawyer on our team is familiar with the complex details of this area of law and stays up-to-date on the industry and legal issues that impact our clients. To build a stronger case for you, our team works regularly with experts in relevant fields including:
- Coast Guard regulations;
- marine safety and industry standards;
- marine engineering;
- vessel navigation;
- offshore drilling practices; and
- crane operations and rigging.
Your case will not be “referred out” to another firm. In fact, we’re one of the firms that receive these referrals from other firms that simply lack the in-house resources at our fingertips. Our attorneys will handle your case personally. Our track record demonstrates our success. Read more about our case history to learn about some of the successful claims we have handled.
Maritime Injury Cases Are Different than Typical Injury Cases.
Maritime and Jones Act claims differ from general New Orleans personal injury cases in many ways, including:
- damages and injuries involved – the nature of the work means that maritime injuries can be quite severe and result in significant income loss for a sustained period of time;
- level of expert input required – a maritime injury claim requires industry experts and a lot of heavy lifting on behalf of the New Orleans injury lawyer team;
- scope of the case – a car accident involves local and state laws and ordinances, while federal laws and statutes tend to apply to maritime cases. An average maritime or Jones Act case may proceed to federal court, unlike, say, the typical slip and fall or car accident claim; and
- the defendant is your employer – a Jones Act or maritime claim is filed against the company that employs you, and it may involve your coworkers as witnesses for the defense. This can complicate matters and create conflicting feelings or worries about “giving up your career.”
These unique aspects of maritime claims illustrate the importance of speaking with the maritime lawyers at The Young Firm. A Jones Act law firm like ours has the experience and resources to handle these specialized cases.
Danger – it’s what maritime workers deal with on a daily basis.
The numbers don't lie. Offshore drilling is one of the most dangerous professions in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the oil and gas extraction industry has an annual occupational fatality rate of 27.5 per 100,000 workers (2003-2009) - more than seven times higher than the rate for all U.S. workers.
And, while fatal injuries to oil rig workers have been a pressing issue for more than 10 years, recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics demonstrates the problem persists. In 2011, 106 workers suffered fatal injuries while performing support activities for the oil and gas industry. Of those, eight people died after slipping or falling to a lower deck and 16 people died as a result of being struck by an object or piece of equipment aboard the rig.
Nonfatal injuries sustained offshore occurred at a much lower rate - 0.8 per 100 full-time workers in 2012, according to a report from the American Petroleum Institute.
What we can glean from these statistics? While major incidents aboard oil rigs don't occur often, when they do take place they can have disastrous consequences.
Will You Be “Blackballed” If You File a Claim? No!
There is a prevailing myth of the “blackball list” in the offshore industry for those who file Jones Act cases. This is simply not true. The Young Firm has represented many clients who have had injuries, successfully recovered claims and returned to offshore work. Our team of maritime lawyers can answer your questions about the blacklist myth and other ways in which companies try to discourage injured employees from seeking fair compensation.
To hear directly from one of our clients, watch this video. In it, Joshua explains how he successfully returned to work even after he collected a large Jones Act settlement.
Do You Have a Case? Contact The Young Firm.
To learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to for your maritime injury and Jones Act case, please contact The Young Firm to speak with a Jones Act attorney today. Call (866) 938-6113 or (504) 680-4100. For more information, order our free maritime injury book.
If you’re seeking a Jones Act lawyer in New Orleans or elsewhere, The Young Firm is proud to serve the following areas:
Louisiana -- Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans; Mississippi -- Biloxi, Gulfport, Jackson; Alabama – Mobile; Florida – Pensacola; Arkansas; Texas; and the Gulf of Mexico. If your injury occurred elsewhere, we can work with local attorneys in your area to ensure your maritime case is handled by experienced maritime lawyers. We have helped injured seamen across the United States, so contact our maritime lawyers today.