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Offshore Lawyers in Houma, LA

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Workers at marine terminals have higher fatality, injury, and illness rates than other workers in the U.S.” Maritime accidents happen more frequently than most people realize. In many cases, offshore lawyers find that these accidents result in some form of injury, severe damage, or even death.

We Understand What You’re Going Through

Suffering injuries after a maritime accident is stressful. On top of the recovery process, you may also have expensive medical bills and lost wages to worry about.

If you or a loved one sustained injuries from a maritime accident, you may be entitled to benefits. Call the Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux to receive a free case review. Our Houma offshore lawyers understand what you’re going through. You deserve to be compensated for your losses. In order to determine your legal options and if you qualify for benefits, our team of offshore lawyers will need to review the specific details of your case.

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Maritime accidents are no joke. If you’ve been injured in a maritime accident, you need legal assistance to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We say, “In Pain? Call Blaine!” because The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux has the experience and the concern to provide you with the help you need for your maritime accident at any point in time, 24/7, including the holidays.

Maritime injuries can be devastating. It can be difficult to cope with the agony, the risk of disfigurement, and the potential loss of income that can occur.  This is why our law firm chooses to focus on helping those who have been injured because we believe we are helping those who have been most affected and where we can have the biggest impact. 

So contact us when you are ready, and let us get you the compensation you deserve.

What Is Maritime Law?

Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, governs the maritime industry. It also provides protection to workers who sustain an injury while on the job. There are several important maritime laws, so it’s important to be aware of which ones may apply to your case.

Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act allows injured seaman to obtain compensation. However, not all maritime workers are considered seaman. To be considered a seaman and receive benefits under the Jones Act, you must spend at least 30 percent of your time on a vessel.

Keep in mind that states do provide workers’ compensation for employees injured on the job, however, injured maritime workers will likely have more benefit options under the Jones Act.

Workers who are not recognized as seamen may be covered under this act. This allows victims who don’t fall under the Jones Act law to receive benefits for their losses. To learn more about LHWCA, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.

Types of Compensation Available

Compensation is a financial award that can help cover expenses related to your accident. If you suffered injuries while on the job, you may be compensated for:

Depending on the nature of your injuries, recovery time can range from weeks to months or even years, resulting in an overwhelming amount of medical bills. You may be awarded compensation to help cover any medical expenses related to your accident.

In addition to physical pain, severe injuries can affect you mentally and emotionally, as well. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering to account for the traumatic impact your injuries have had on your life. While compensation cannot change the damage that’s been done, it can help you move forward after your accident.

Your injuries may cause you to miss significant time from work while you recover. If your injuries limit and/or prevent you from working, you could be compensated for any lost wages.

Common Reasons Maritime Accidents Occur

Maritime accidents can happen for many different reasons, including:

  • Equipment failure
  • Poor maintenance
  • Lack of training
  • Inclement weather conditions

5 Common Injuries Due to Maritime Accidents

While there are countless types of injuries that can occur after an accident, the most common include:

  • Broken limbs
  • Chemical burns
  • Head injuries
  • Slip and falls

What Our Clients Are Saying

5 Star Testimonials

Wanda C.

The service I received from Blaine & associates exceeded my expectations. They have gained my trust and worked to finalize all in my favor. Their hard work and diligence is proven!

Chad J.

Helped me get the settlement I deserved from an insurance company that fought us every step of the way. Mr. Barrilleaux made it look easy and took care of everything.

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Nicole B.

Best services in the world. Could not ask for a better law firm.

Matthew C.

Blaine and his team were very helpful and I would recommend their services.

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Joseph H.

I’m from out of state and a professional truck driver. I had a multi car accident in Louisiana. I was not at fault but injured. Blaine and his staff helped deal with all the insurance companies and lawyers. He was with me for my deposition and met with me when I asked him to, if I was in the area. His staff are great and very patient with people that ask the same questions over and over. I can’t say enough good things about this man as a professional. I would use him again if I need to.

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Dawn W.

Blaine Barrilleaux was great. This was my first time ever filing a lawsuit and he and his office made it easy, painless, and informative. They always let me know what the next step in the case was as to not leave me lost and wondering what is going on. I would recommend him and his staff to anyone. Thanks for taking such great care of me.

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Charles S.

When I was in pain, I called Blaine and he got the action I wanted! I highly recommend him as a personal injury lawyer. He’s a no nonsense, straight to the point attorney and he doesn’t let the big insurance companies push him around. HE PUSHES BACK!!! THANKS BLAINE!!!

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Victor S.

Blaine and his staff are the greatest. They’ve taken very good care of my wife and I since our accident. I would definitely recommend the law office of Mr. Blaine Barrilleaux to anyone seeking a dedicated injury attorney.

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Joel P.

He made the other insurance company drive to my house to bring me my check from Texas. He was very understanding and listened to everything I said. He fought for me and got me the surgery I dearly needed. You won’t be able to find another lawyer who cares like him. He’s very patient with his clients.

Austin C.

Blaine is fair, smart and caring; his staff is great!

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Donna L.

Anytime I needed anything Blaine’s team was there to help me. They were friendly and on top of everything I asked for. I really appreciate how hard and quickly they worked to resolve my case. I would highly recommend Blaine Barrilleaux Law for anyone needing legal help.

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Dawn M.

Mr. Blaine Barrilleaux and his staff made this process as painless as possible. This was my first time going through a lawsuit and he and his staff made me very comfortable and went above and beyond to make sure I understood the process and what to expect. I would recommend this law firm to anyone seeking help.

Lafayette, Louisiana USA

Jeff and Michelle

Blaine Barrilleaux and his staff went beyond what was ever expected. Blaine was very easy to talk to and he listened to all my needs and concerns. They truly care. Thanks Blaine for all you did for us.

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Kimberly S.

Blaine and his staff treated my family with the most respect. Blaine cares for his clients and goes above and beyond for them. Thank you Blaine for all your hard work and time in my case.

Morgan City, LA, USA

4 Tips to Consider After an Accident

After a maritime accident, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. However, your actions immediately following your accident are important because they will either support or damage your right to benefits.

To help protect your legal rights, our team of Houma offshore lawyers have shared the following tips for you to keep in mind after an accident:

  1. Remain calm and inform your supervisor of the accident.
  2. Make sure to collect evidence. This can include witness statements and photos of your injuries and the scene of the accident. Evidence is an important component in successful claims. Without solid evidence, it can be challenging to obtain benefits.
  3. Receive an evaluation by a medical professional. Failing to seek medical treatment can damage your right to benefits. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to receive medical attention immediately after a maritime accident, even if your injury and/injuries appear to be minor.
  4. Talk with an offshore lawyer who is experienced in this area of the law. Maritime law is complex and difficult to understand without legal guidance. Offshore lawyers who are familiar with maritime cases know what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf.

These tips may help protect your rights after an accident and can potentially increase your chances of receiving any compensation you’re owed.

Is There a Deadline to File a Claim?

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Victims of maritime accidents have a set amount of time in which they can file a claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. In LA, injured workers who fall under the Jones Act have three years from the date of their accident to file a claim, while those who are not considered seamen typically have a year to file.

In some cases, this deadline may be even shorter. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to consult an attorney who is familiar with the deadlines that apply to your case. Failure to file within the appropriate amount of time may result in little to no compensation.

Injured in an Accident? Call Our Law Firm

At the Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux, our firm of offshore lawyers are committed to providing competent legal representation to the residents of Houma. While we do handle maritime accidents, we also represent car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, and other types of personal injury cases.

If you or a loved one was injured in a maritime accident, please don’t hesitate to contact our offshore lawyers. We know the challenges injured workers face, such as filing a claim for damages. However, you don’t have to handle the legal system alone.

Our team is passionate about helping injured workers receive the justice they deserve. From our attention to detail to our intimate knowledge of maritime law, you can trust that your case is in qualified hands.

Call our offshore lawyers at (337) 989-1212, or fill out our free case evaluation form below. We are ready to review your case and help you understand your legal options.

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