New Orleans Maritime Attorney
Offshore Injury Lawyer
Specializing in Jones Act Claims Nationwide
The Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C. spends a significant portion of its practice representing workers injured or killed in accidents that fall under admiralty or maritime law. We handle maritime injury cases involving accidents while working on offshore drilling vessels, also known as a jackup rig, semi-submersible, drillship or spud barge just to name a few. National maritime injury lawyer, Brent Cueria, is experienced in representing people hurt offshore as a consequence of the unseaworthiness of a vessel or the negligence of an employer or third parties. Brent Cueria understands the level of dedication, hard work and resources it takes to successfully handle maritime and offshore injury cases. We have handled cases throughout the Gulf Coast and routinely travel to various cities, including Lake Charles, Lafayette and Mobile Alabama. Contact us (link) or call for a free consultation at 504-525-5211.
Supply and Crew Boat Injury Victims
Supply and Crew Boats are the fundamental way that people and property are transported around the Gulf of Mexico to offshore jackups, semi-submersibles and fixed platforms. They very often operate around the clock in varying weather conditions. The employer owes an absolute duty to provide the members of its crew with a seaworthy vessel. In short, this means that the vessel should comply with Coast Guard and industry standards and have a properly trained crew to operate the vessel.
Brent Cueria has represented many crewmen and passengers injured in a variety of ways due to the negligence of another crewman or the unseaworthiness of the vessel. In most instances, the injured person could have avoided an accident had the boat owner provided a competent crew and seaworthy vessel. The Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C. has experts available to inspect and investigate these types of accidents to assist the injured party in his claim to recover damages. If you need a Jones Act lawyer please call us for a free consultation at 504-525-5211.
Tugs and Barges
The crewmen who man a tugboat or a spud barge of our waterways, the Gulf of Mexico and ocean waters are vital to the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, these offshore workers get hurt—often through no fault of their own—due to the negligence of parties, such as their employer, another crew member, an unseaworthy vessel, or defective equipment.
These offshore workers are generally considered Jones Act Seamen and are thus accorded special protection and considered “wards of the court” according to the Jones Act. When injured, they may be entitled to maintain a claim of negligence and collect damages. Additionally, without regard to fault, they are also entitled to maintenance and cure (medical treatment) at the cost of the employer or vessel operator / owner until reaching the point of maximum medical improvement (when their recovery process slows to a halt). If you need a Jones Act Lawyer to evaluate your maritime law case, please call us for a free consultation at 504-525-5211.
Inland Drilling Vessels
Just as jackup rigs and semi-submersibles are considered special purpose vessels, inland drilling vessels are usually considered in the same category. The crew members of such drill barges are usually given special protection as Jones Act seamen by the courts. Therefore, they maintain the right to sue their employer for negligence in causing an injury, or the vessel owner/operator for failure to provide a seaworthy vessel.
Brent Cueria is prepared to handle cases involving a large range of types of accidents, from injuries due to slip and falls, to explosions and the catastrophic results which may follow. If you have need of an offshore injury lawyer, please call us for a free consultation at 504-525-5211.
Once the offshore drilling process is complete, oil and gas must be piped to land—or if produced on land, must be piped across the waters of South Louisiana. A lay barge will often lay pipelines of oil and gas to land. The work is dangerous and often involves long hours and extreme temperatures.
The people working on lay barges, such as welders, riggers, mechanics or crane operators are usually considered Jones Act seamen because they contribute to the “mission of the vessel.” Therefore, they are considered “wards of the court” and are able to assert claims against their employers for negligence, as well as for maintenance and cure.
New Orleans Maritime Lawyer, Brent Cueria has great success in representing persons hurt or injured on lay barges in a variety of work capacities in various bodies of water. If you need your Jones Act claim evaluated, please call us for a free consultation at 504-525-5211.
One need only look along the rivers, bayous and ports of Louisiana and the gulf coast to see dredges at work. These dredges often work around the clock and may have smaller support vessels under their control to help transfer men to and from shore and to assist in the makeup and discharge of pipe connections.
Dredge injuries occasionally occur during the use of small push boats that are vital to the dredge’s operation. The crewmen of such dredges are usually considered Jones Act seamen because they contribute to “the mission of the vessel.” Therefore, they are afforded the special protection of seamen and are able to assert claims against their employer for maintenance and cure, as well as damages caused by negligence.
National Maritime Lawyer, Brent Cueria has handled numerous cases involving dredges and is familiar with the aspects of dredging operations. If you have been injured working on a dredge, please call us for a free consultation at 504-525-5211.
The cases of workers injured on the fixed platforms of the Gulf of Mexico are not generally governed by maritime law. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act mandates (subject to a few exceptions) that the substantive law of the adjacent state controls the rights of most persons injured on fixed platforms.
Often, such person’s only right will be to collect benefits pursuant to the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. This is because platform workers are rarely allowed to sue their employer like a Jones Act Seaman. However, if a third party or other condition, such as a defective product, caused the person’s injury, then a tort remedy (lawsuit) may be available to the injured party in addition to compensation remedies.