Our National Maritime Law Firm spends a significant portion of its practice representing workers injured or killed in accidents which fall under admiralty or maritime law. We handle maritime cases involving offshore drilling vessels also known as jackup rigs, semisubmersibles or drillships. National Injury Lawyer, Brent Cueria is experienced in representing people hurt offshore as a consequence of the unseaworthiness of the vessel or the negligence of their employer or third parties. Brent Cueria also knows what kind of dedication, hard work and resources it takes to successfully handle Maritime and Offshore Injury Cases. We offer free initial consultations. Call us in our Louisiana office at 504-525-5211.
Attorney R. Brent Cueria, Esq. of Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C. talking about his experience applying the facts and law to assist a person to gain maximum remedies under the Maritime Law or Compensation Laws.
Supply and Crew Boats
Supply and Crew Boat vessels are the fundamental way that people and property are transported throughout the Gulf of Mexico for offshore jackups, semi-submersibles and fixed platforms. These boats 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. Basically, this means that the vessel should comply with Coast Guard and industry standards and should have a properly trained crew to operate the vessel.
Brent Cueria is a Louisiana Injury Lawyer who has represented many crewmen and passengers hurt due to the negligence of another crewman or the unseaworthiness of the vessel. Through the years, he has represented persons hurt in many different ways. In most instances, the accident and injury to the person could have been avoided had the boat owner provided a competent crew and seaworthy vessel. Our Louisiana Injury attorney has experts available to inspect and investigate these types of accidents to assist the injured party in his claim to recover damages.
Tugs and Barges
The crewmen who man the tugs and barges of our waterways, the Gulf of Mexico and ocean waters are vital to the United States economy. Unfortunately, these crewmembers are often injured through no fault of their own, due to the negligence of parties such as their employer, a crew member, unseaworthy vessel conditions or even defective equipment. These crewmen are generally considered Jones Act Seamen and thus are accorded special protection and are considered “wards of the court”. For example, when they are injured, they are entitled to maintain a claim against their employer if negligence was involved and to 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 they can get no better).
Inland Drilling Vessels
Just as jackup rigs and semi-submersibles are considered special purpose vessels, inland drilling vessels are usually placed in the same category. The Crew of such drill barges is most often given the special protection of Jones Act seamen by the courts and therefore maintains the right to sue their employer for its negligence in causing an injury or for the vessel owner’s/operator’s failure to provide a seaworthy vessel. As a Louisiana Injury Lawyer, Brent Cueria is prepared to handle these types of 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.
Once the drilling has been completed offshore, oil and gas must be piped to land or, if produced on land, it must be piped across the waters of South Louisiana. A lay barge will often lay pipelines of oil and gas to land. This work is dangerous and often involves long hours and extreme temperatures.
Individuals working on lay barges include welders, riggers, mechanics, or crane operators and are usually considered seamen because they contribute to the “mission of the vessel”. They are therefore considered “wards of the court” and are provided with a protection pursuant to the Jones Act. As discussed earlier, Jones Act Seamen are able to assert claims against their employer for damages caused by negligence and are also entitled to maintenance and cure.
Louisiana Maritime Lawyer, Brent Cueria has had great success in representing persons hurt or injured on lay barges in a variety of work capacities in various bodies of water.
One only need 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. 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 Jones Act seamen because they contribute to “the mission of the vessel” and are afforded the special protection of seamen. As discussed earlier, Jones Act Seamen are able to assert claims against their employer for damages caused by negligence and are also entitled to maintenance and cure.
Our National Maritime Lawyer Brent Cueria has handled numerous cases involving dredges and is familiar with the aspects of dredging operations.
Workers who are hurt on fixed platforms of the Outer Continental Shelf 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 individual’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. Factual questions determine whether injured platform workers will be classified as Jones Act or Maritime Workers or limited to compensation. Louisiana Lawyer, Brent Cueria has handled many such cases and has experience applying the facts and law to assist a person in gaining maximum remedies under Maritime Laws or Compensation Laws.
If a third party was at fault, or another condition such as a defective product, caused the persons injury, then a tort remedy (lawsuit) may be available to the injured party in addition to compensation remedies.