For nearly 20 years, the Lake Charles maritime lawyers at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have successfully resolved countless maritime claims involving offshore drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico and worldwide. Our accident lawyers have handled claims including commercial and sport diving injury and death claims, claims on behalf of blue water seamen who suffered injuries on the high seas, as well as claims involving personal injuries and deaths resulting from offshore drilling operations, including jack‑up rigs, semi‑submersibles, drilling platforms, crew lift boats, living quarters, cryogenic platforms, lay barges, and other special purpose vessels and operating platforms.
Maritime Laws and Regulations Can Include:
• Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) – For a maritime worker’s family to be eligible to file for benefits under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), the incident must occur on the high seas, more than three nautical miles from shore.
• Jones Act – A federal law that governs the liability of marine employers and operators for their employees’ work-related injuries, providing legal remedies to seamen injured while working on a vessel.
• Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) – Provides workers’ compensation benefits for maritime workers who are not seamen, filling the gap between the Jones Act and state workers’ comp. The Department of Labor (DOL) administers LHWCA, and injured workers who qualify for coverage are entitled to benefits.
• Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) – The outer continental shelf includes any and all submerged lands beyond state coastal waters, more than three miles offshore, which are under United States jurisdiction. OCSLA provides an injured seaman the right to bring a lawsuit for incidents that occur on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Contact a Louisiana Maritime Lawyer
The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, Lake Charles personal injury attorneys and car accident lawyers, have been handling serious maritime accidents in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast region for nearly 20 years. If we handle your case, there are no fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Our aggressive personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the best possible result. Contact our accident lawyers today for assistance with any questions you may have about your case.