Louisiana Offshore Injury Attorney
Louisiana offshore injury attorney Walter Gabriel has experienced handling some of the most catastrophic offshore disasters, including the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill that claimed the lives of 11 offshore maritime workers. Offshore injury lawyer Walter Gabriel understands what it takes to win the fight against big offshore maritime companies to get victims and their families the compensation they deserve.
Understanding The Offshore Maritime Industry
The Gulf of Mexico and connected ports in Louisiana and southeast Texas are a hotspot of activity for maritime industry workers, which inevitably leads to offshore maritime injury. Those involved include seamen, longshoremen, oil drillers, dock workers, repairmen, and many others. Many major players in the maritime industry take part in some capacity with Louisiana’s gulf coast and ports. Unfortunately, they can be rather slippery and difficult to “pin down” when it comes to imposing liability for injuries suffered by their workers.
If you were injured while working aboard a vessel, oil rig, or in-and-around maritime-related infrastructure (i.e., docks, loading bays, etc.), then you may be entitled to significant compensation. The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC can help. Contact us today to get your case started with an experienced Louisiana offshore injury lawyer.
We Represent a Range of Maritime Injury Claimants
We represent a range of claimants in lawsuits against ship operators and other maritime industry entities, including disputes center around:
- Jones Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
- Maintenance and Cure
- Offshore Oil Rig Accidents
- Seaman Injuries
- Tugboat and Barge Accidents
- Tanker and Cargo Ship Accidents
Maritime Injury Claims Raise Unique Challenges
Jurisdictional and choice-of-law issues are common in the maritime injury context. It is not uncommon for shipping companies to flag their ships in countries with regulations that are favorable. They may also include provisions in contracts requiring a plaintiff to litigate the case in a jurisdiction of their choosing.
Though legal issues may frighten the first-time maritime plaintiff, it’s important to understand how the law applies. Depending on the case, the provisions at-issue may be unenforceable, or there may be some other rule that takes precedence.
Issues Concerning the Applicable Regulation
Maritime disputes can vary quite significantly depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury and the applicable law. Some regulations are plaintiff-friendly. Under the Jones Act, the plaintiff is not only afforded a range of damages. But he may also have an easier time establishing liability. This is because a defendant may be held responsible even if they are only partially at-fault for the plaintiff’s injuries.
Each regulatory scheme imposes a different set of standards and expectations on the injured plaintiff. And it’s important that you handle the dispute appropriately and in accordance with the correct standards.
For example, defined as a “seaman” injured within the course and scope of employment may entitled to significant compensation under the Jones Act. By contrast, if a maritime worker has no claim under the Jones Act, then they may have to rely on a negligence-based seaworthiness claim and/or maintenance and cure benefits.
Shared Liability Issues
Maritime injury claims often involve multiple defendants, many of whom may be partially responsible for the harm at-issue. For example, if an intoxicated co-worker punches you while working on an offshore oil rig, then you will likely have a cause of action against your co-worker.
You may also have a cause of action against your employer for negligently hiring them. That is, if you can show that the employer knew or should have known about the violent or alcoholic tendencies of your co-worker.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Louisiana Offshore Injury Attorney
The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC is a personal injury firm advocating on behalf of clients involved in a range of disputes, including maritime-related accidents, such as those that occur on an offshore oil rig or cargo vessel. We have extensive experience navigating challenging litigation and securing favorable results for our clients.
Interested in learning more about our services? Call 318-445-2121 or send us a message online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Louisiana offshore injury attorney at the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC.