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Experienced Lafayette Personal Injury Attorneys

At The Young Firm, we limit our practice to only Maritime Law and Jones Act cases on behalf of injured maritime workers, which means that we devote all of our time and energy to fighting for people just like you. For example, we don’t handle car accident or divorce cases. You can learn more about why we focus on maritime injury law.

What We Stand For

We believe in educating injured workers about their rights and options and, to this end, we’ve created free books and downloads. Right after your injury is an incredibly tough time for you.  There are dozens of questions and its all-new territory. The company will have handle lots of claims just like yours and knows how to protect itself–for you, it’s probably your first time dealing with anything like this.  Our staff understands this and is always professional, friendly, honest, knowledgeable, hardworking, and compassionate. 


Reviews from Lafayette Clients

“The entire staff of The Young Firm treated me with respect and dignity every time we spoke. I knew I made the right choice with The Young Firm when all the promises from my employer turn out to be empty. I can’t thank Tim, Jason, Rebecca, Lea and the entire staff at The Young Firm enough for all that they have done for me and my family. If you are considering a law firm that puts you first your only choice should be The Young Firm.” -Joe D.

“They kept me in the loop through emails, phone calls, and whatnot. There never was a period where I did not know what was going on, so it was a good thing that I’m here at Tim Young’s Law firm because they actually kept me in the loop with everything and kept me informed. The staff always treated me with open arms, and I never had a negative experience.” -Jarvis B.

 


Client Cases from Lafayette

API Inspector Back Injured During Rope Swing Transfer | Confidential Settlement

The platform Isaac was inspectingAfter a routine inspection of a satellite platform, our client was transferred to a boat when he fell short and landed in the water. The boat on hand did not have the proper safety equipment or deckhand on board and, as result, our client was left treading water for almost 30 minutes. During the case, we discovered that there were several equipment deficiencies that contributed to our client’s offshore accident. The swing rope on the platform was too short to ensure a safe transfer and there was also no access ladder for our client to use to get out of the water. Despite their company doctor releasing our client back to work, a second opinion revealed that he had several back problems and needed shoulder surgery. Ultimately, we secured a confidential settlement that covered his medical bills and helped tie him over until he obtained a different job.  Since he lived in the Lafayette area, we connected him with excellent doctors in that area and he was thrilled with the treatment he received from these experts.

Botched Basket Transfer Caused Back & Neck Injury | $1.06 Million Settlement

In August 2015, our client was injured after a basket transfer went awry. As our client was being lowered down to a M/V, the basket slammed into the side of the boat knocking our client onto the deck and injuring his back. As a result of his offshore accident, our client had to receive a lumbar fusion as well as a neck fusion. His accident greatly reduced his range of motion and prevented him from returning to work offshore. An expert in the case said it was the lack of communication between the M/V operator and the crane operator that caused our client’s accident. In the end, we were able to settle his case for over a million dollars and enable our client to move on with his life.   He received his surgery from a well renowned Lafayette neurosurgeon who we have worked with on many other cases for our clients.

Unsafe Bunk Beds Injure Client’s Ankle, Leg & Back | Confidential

At the time of his injury, our client was a 41-year-old Instrumentation and Electrical Technician aboard an M/V operated by a foreign corporation. In September of 2014, our client was descending a bunk bed ladder when the ladder slid causing him to fall to the floor and injure his right ankle, leg, hip, and back. The next day he tried to get out of bed for work and could not put any weight on his foot. The upper bunk bed used by our client did not meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Requirements as it had no guardrails or lee rails and the ladder for accessing the upper bunk was not secured in any way. Additionally, the beds did not meet the requirements for the International Labour Organization (ILO) and therefore were hazardous for the crew to sleep in. As a result of this negligence, our client was injured, lost his job, and required reconstruction surgery for his ankle. Had the company followed the necessary safety requirements, our client would not have been injured and lost his 9-year career as a maritime worker.

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Lafayette Doctors We Work With

Often when our clients come to us, they are in severe pain and looking for relief. For some of our cases, we are able to pay for our clients to go to the doctor and get the medical treatment and relief they so desperately need. The following are trusted doctors that we have referred clients to in the past.

Dr. John Sledge with Lafayette Bone & Joint Clinic

When our clients have back injuries and are in need of surgery, we often refer them to Orthopedic Surgeon John Sledge in Lafayette. We’ve been referring our clients to Dr. Sledge for several years now and he has always treated them with the utmost care.    

Dr. Darrell Henderson with the Plastic Surgery Associates in Lafayette

One common misconception is that plastic surgery is purely for aesthetics and looking younger. However, many of our clients suffering from severe burn injuries have benefitted from Dr. Henderson’s plastic surgery. With his expertise, our clients have been able to regain the confidence they lost after their injury.  When a QMED client of ours was recently badly burned, Dr. Henderson came up with an excellent life care plan which included procedures to help our client recover as best as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you represent clients who live in Lafayette? Absolutely. The majority of our clients are from throughout Louisiana and we have represented many who lived in Lafayette.  Very often your maritime case will need to be filed in New Orleans even though you may live in the Lafayette area. Our office is across the street from the federal courthouse in New Orleans, which ensures that your case is filed quickly and efficiently. 
  • Will I need to travel to your office? For the most part, our clients only need to come to our office a few times throughout their case. Otherwise, we stay in contact primarily through emails, phone calls, and mail. If need be, we can also come to you.
  • What are your attorney fees? Most attorney fees range between 33-40% of the recovery amount.  This includes basic car wreck cases that can often settle in a few weeks.   Our fees are the same as all maritime attorneys who handle serious cases and all well known in the area which is 40%.  We will invest a lot of time in your case as well as advance all costs and expenses on the case. Maritime injury cases tend to be more complicated and expensive than car accident cases, which is why fees for maritime cases are typically 40% of the recovery.  The fees only apply if we are able to successfully settle your case or win your case in court, otherwise you don’t pay anything.  
  • What sets you apart from the personal injury attorneys in Lafayette? Unlike most other attorneys, our office focuses entirely on maritime injury law. This means we know more about the Jones Act, maritime laws, and the maritime industry than most other personal injury attorneys. Because we focus on this one area of law, we’re more equipped to handle these cases and know how to get the most out of the settlements as possible.
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Address

400 Poydras St Ste 2090
New Orleans, LA 70130

Wheelchair Accessible 

Phone Number

(866) 938-6113
Available 24 Hours A Day

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Upon Request


Who We Serve

Over the years we have handled cases for hundreds of injured maritime workers. We’ve worked with:

  • Captains
  • Deckhands
  • OIMs
  • Drillers
  • Floorhands
  • Engineers
  • Longshoremen
  • Roustabouts
  • Toolpushers
  • Crane Operators
  • API Inspectors

 

Our clients have come to us from all over the U.S., but most of them are from Louisiana, with dozens of clients from Lafayette and its surrounding area specifically.