Each day hundreds of people in America are injured on the job. Louisiana isn’t immune to this troubling problem. However, unlike many other states, Louisiana has many people among its population who work offshore, oftentimes on boats or oil rigs. Getting injured offshore can be much more difficult than instances when an injury on the job occurs on land.
For example, offshore injuries are usually covered by different laws than injuries that occur on land are. Personal injury lawsuits are about as common as they come, but a lawsuit that is based on an injury that occurred offshore can involve a different approach than a “run of the mill” personal injury lawsuit.
Beyond the difference in the applicable law, the actual injuries in questions can be much more different than injuries on land. An offshore worker might slip and fall on a boat’s deck, for instance, or maybe get caught up in some rigging. Some accidents can lead to a near-drowning experience for a worker, which isn’t likely to occur on land.
At our law firm, we understand that offshore workers who are injured on the job may face different circumstances that require a unique approach. These workers, like their land-based counterparts, are likely to be entitled to compensation or benefits. It is important for injured workers to understand their legal rights and options under the applicable law. At our law firm, we do our best to attempt to make sure that our clients have the right information. For more information, please visit the admiralty and maritime law section of our law firm’s website.