Many different types of maritime accidents can occur due to the complicated and dangerous nature of maritime work.  Accidents can occur just a few feet from shore or miles offshore in deeper ocean waters.  Whether on an offshore oil rig or a spud barge on a waterway, if you are involved in a maritime accident, where your injury occurred may impact the kind of claim you can bring and the type of recovery you are entitled to. 


Different types of workers who may have maritime claims include harbor workers and longshoremen. These workers often work on wharfs, dry docks, terminals, piers, or other near-shore areas.  The types of work done in these areas include loading and unloading, vessel repair, building a vessel, other maintenance and care of vessels, along with near-shore drilling.  Near-shore drilling can take place three to ten miles from the shore often on drilling platforms.  The risk to workers participating in these activities is often considered not as great as on offshore rigs.


Offshore workers may have many different work duties including maintenance and repair, building pipelines, and offshore drilling.  This work often takes place on barges, drilling rigs, and floating platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.  Because of the long distance from shore, fire, on these platforms and rigs, is a serious danger. 

Offshore workers who are injured on the job are entitled to compensation under the Jones Act as well as the Outer Continental Shelf Act.  The Jones Act applies to injured seamen and the Outer Continental Shelf Act covers longshoremen, oil-rig workers, harbor workers, and ship-builders.



Our offshore injury lawyer can assist both offshore and near-shore workers injured while on the job are entitled to medical care and may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and diminished earning capacity. 

If you have been sustained an offshore injury while working as a crew member offshore or near-shore, it is important that you immediately consult a maritime attorney experienced with Jones Act cases. 

Our maritime attorney has successfully handled numerous maritime cases and is able to evaluate your claim today.

Please contact our Louisiana office at (504) 525-5211.  The initial consultation is free.