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Commercial Diving Accidents and Injuries Commercial diving accidents happen every year, and it can be very demanding, isolating, and hazardous work, whether you are working on a dive vessel or underwater. A diver is almost entirely reliant upon his dive…

Commercial Diving Accidents and Injuries

Commercial diving accidents happen every year, and it can be very demanding, isolating, and hazardous work, whether you are working on a dive vessel or underwater. A diver is almost entirely reliant upon his dive team to ensure his safety at all times. A skilled boat captain, dive supervisor, safety officer, and experienced tender are vital to protecting a commercial diver from serious injury or death, but accidents can still happen. The Cueria Law Firm, LLC, has over 25 years of experience helping persons injured above or below the water during commercial dive operations.

Depending on the severity of your diving injury, you may be entitled to compensation, including claims for pain and suffering, loss of wages, loss of life enjoyment, and medical expenses. Cueria Law Firm will thoroughly investigate the cause of your injury and evaluate your commercial diving Injury claim. Our goal is to build a strong case so that you receive the compensation that you deserve. Our attorneys are skilled in proving a commercial diving negligence case and presenting damages incurred as a result of diving injuries to a court and a jury.

Dive Vessel Injuries

Individuals who work on dive vessels or as underwater divers are usually considered seamen. Since they contribute to the “mission of the vessel” and are considered “wards of the court,” they receive special protection under the Jones Act. Jones Act Seamen can assert claims against their employer for damages caused by negligence and are also entitled to maintenance and cure. Third-party claims such as defective diving equipment are also available.

We believe in personalized attention. We try to schedule the first meeting at the client’s home so that we can meet face to face. This meeting involves no out-of-pocket cost or obligation to the injured party or the family. Following our meeting, we will quickly obtain investigative reports from the proper investigative agencies and request all available information concerning the accident.

We strongly recommend that you contact us immediately after a serious and catastrophic injury as a commercial diver. This allows our team of experienced investigators and experts to determine the cause of the accident and injury, identify any responsible third parties, take witness statements, and preserve critical evidence. Cueria Law Firm, LLC is ready to assist you in the recovery from your commercial diving injury case today.


Commercial Diving Injuries

When the negligence of equipment, training, or staffing takes place by the owner, serious injury can occur. Those injuries can include:

· Burns caused by fires

· Barotrauma

· Hypothermia

· Decompression Illness (DCI)

· Decompression Sickness (DCS)

· Death

What are my rights?

Commercial diving accidents can be very complicated, and most will fall under federal maritime law. Due to the intricacies involved, it is important to contact an experienced attorney that understands the laws surrounding maritime injuries.

When you call Cueria Law Firm, LLC, our maritime accident attorney will review the facts of your case, using decades of experience with Jones Act cases, and determine the best strategy going forward. Once you partner with Cueria Law Firm, LLC, we will begin fighting for fair compensation for your commercial diving or maritime accident injury.

What is the Jones Act?

In 1920, the United States Congress enacted the Jones Act to create a negligence cause of action for seamen against their employers, providing that any seaman who suffers injury or death during his employment may choose to maintain a civil action for damages, including the right to a trial by jury.

Hiring an attorney who is highly experienced with Jones Act cases is very important, and can make the difference in whether you receive fair compensation or not. Cueria Law Firm has been handling Jones Act cases for many years, with very successful outcomes.


What Should I Do After a Commercial Diving Accident?

· Most importantly, seek medical attention. Under maritime law, an injured diver has the right to choose their own medical providers.

· Maritime law and the Jones Act were written to protect your rights as a maritime worker. Contact an experienced maritime law attorney right away to protect your rights as a commercial diver. 

· Retrieve any documents relating to the dive, decompression, recompression, and any on-site medical attention you received following your accident. The team at Cueria Law Firm will begin the investigation with these reports and begin building your case. 


Maintenance and Cure

“Maintenance and cure”: an ancient duty the owner of a vessel owes to provide food, lodging, and necessary medical services to a Jones Act seaman who becomes ill or is injured while working on a ship. The owner must provide maintenance and cure when a seaman is not able to perform his work, and the duty continues until he reaches maximum medical recovery.


What will an attorney do to help my case?

At Cueria Law Firm, LLC, our maritime accident attorney will evaluate factors surrounding your case. We determine how much compensation is fair to you based upon your injury and the governing laws.

Some of these factors include:

· Location of injury

· Type of vessel

· Your relationship to the vessel


Negligence Factors

The absence of upkeep to equipment, inadequate staffing, and not providing enough training to employees is considered owner negligence. The Jones Act and the Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act both hold the owner liable for any negligence that results in an injury to an employee on the job. 

Some examples of owner negligence that could result in injury are:

· Inaccurate dive table

· Repetitive diving

· Improper gas mixtures

· Improper decompression

· Rapidly ascending


Recovering From Your Injury

Employers will send you to a company doctor to get checked out immediately following your injury. You also have the right to refuse to sign paperwork from an insurance adjuster of the company. You may be visited while in the hospital by the company insurance adjuster and asked to sign paperwork. Do not sign anything without discussing it with a legal representative first. Contact us right away at Cueria Law Firm, LLC, to evaluate your case. 

The first step we take to help with your recovery is to schedule for you to meet with an objective medical provider. Our office works with local medical providers, including chiropractors, neurologists, and MRI technicians who allow us to guarantee the costs of your treatment. It takes the stress off of you and allows you to focus on recovering physically, mentally, and emotionally while we handle your case.

Call Us Today!

Here at Cueria Law Firm, LLC, we boast decades of experience in commercial diving cases. We will be able to assess your situation and determine the right course of recovery and how much compensation is fair for you. Our personalized process will always keep your best interests first, and allow you to focus on healing from the injury suffered on the job. Fill out a consultation form today so we can fight to get you fair compensation in your healing process.

Do you or a member of your family have a claim? Contact us or call us at 504-684-5463.

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Awards & Honors

Attorney Brent Cueria founded the Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C. located in New Orleans, in order to focus on the representation of injured individuals, where his true passion is. Mr. Cueria uses his past experience to diligently advocate for the injured and disabled clients he now represents against the insurance companies.




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There are many factors that can affect the outcome of your case, but time is often the most important. Call Cueria Law Firm today to speak to an attorney about your claim, and get started on the path to physical, emotional and financial recovery.

The team at Cueria Law Firm is here to assist you in all steps of your case - setting up doctor's appointments, starting an insurance claim, requesting a rental car, and more. We understand life after an accident can be overwhelming, but you aren't going through it alone.