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Lafayette Maritime Lawyer

With the number of bodies of fresh water in the Pelican State, in addition to access to the gulf, maritime law is an important area of law in our state. Maritime law governs injuries and accidents that occur on the water, on vessels or watercraft operating in the water, or accidents connected with the water.

It is important for injury victims to hire a Lafayette maritime attorney who has extensive knowledge of our state’s maritime law. The maritime injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Blaine J. Barrilleaux assist victims of maritime accidents and files claims with the appropriate parties to recover compensation for their damages, injuries, and losses. With over 25 years of experience helping accident victims, our maritime injury attorneys have the skills necessary to represent who have been injured in maritime disasters.

We are licensed to practice in all state and federal courts. If you have been injured, call 337-989-1212 to schedule a free consultation with a Lafayette maritime lawyer.

What is Maritime Law and Admiralty Law?

Accidents that occur while at sea or on other bodies of water are handled differently from accidents that occur on land. As any maritime accident attorney will tell you, a distinct set of laws govern maritime accidents. Maritime and admiralty law governs what occurs while on navigable waters. Navigable waters include large lakes, oceans, rivers, or any body of water where commercial shipping can occur.

Maritime law can be quite complex because your status on a vessel determines the applicable law that governs your injury. For example, if you are a passenger or guest on a cruise ship or pleasure boat, a different type of maritime law may govern your injury than if you were an offshore worker or crew member. Because different claims may have different deadlines for filing, you should contact an experienced Lafayette maritime lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.

Our maritime accident attorneys handle all types of maritime claims, including but not limited to cases involving:

  • Cruise ships and other pleasure boats
  • Private boats and water vessels
  • Offshore drilling rigs
  • Recreational and charter boating claims
  • Slips and falls, including cases involving falls while boarding or debarking from a vessel
  • Rough water claims
  • Toxic exposure claims
  • Unseaworthiness of a boat or vessel
  • Unsafe conditions on ships or boats
  • Cases involving drilling, welding, and cranes
  • Claims involving vessels that collided with another vessel or other object

If you have been injured while on the water for any reason, contact our office to discuss whether you need to file a claim with a maritime accident lawyer.

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Offshore work is no joke. The conditions can be rough and accidents can happen. The problem comes when injuries sustained by working in these environments are ignored by management and go untreated. No one should have to deal with an off-shore injury. The pain, potential disfigurement, and possible inability to continue working that can come as a result are a lot to handle. Fortunately, you don’t have to search “maritime lawyers near me” to have someone you can rely on when you need help. The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux is available 24/7 to help you, even on holidays, which is why we say, “In Pain? Call Blaine!” Our Lafayette maritime attorneys help those who have been injured in an off-shore accident because we believe that everyone deserves justice and fair compensation if they’ve been harmed through no fault of their own, so contact us right now and find out how we can help you.

The Jones Act

The Jones Act is a specific law that applies to seamen or merchant marines who are injured while aboard ships. The Act provides compensation when an injury occurs secondary to the negligence of a fellow seaman, the vessel’s owner, the captain, or another member of the vessel’s crew. However, claims filed under the Jones Act are heavily governed by the legal theory of comparative negligence.

Comparative negligence compares your negligence to the negligence of others in causing your injury. If you contributed to the reason for your injury, the amount of maritime injury settlement money you may receive for your claim could be substantially reduced. Therefore, you need to discuss your claim with a Lafayette maritime attorney who has experience handling maritime claims filed under The Jones Act.

What Our Clients Are Saying

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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

Get Help from a Lafayette Maritime Lawyer

Our maritime injury lawyers have been assisting accident victims for nearly two decades. Our maritime accident lawyers understand the various laws governing maritime accidents, including General Maritime Law, The Jones Act, The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Death on the High Seas Act.

By performing a thorough investigation and working closely with you to understand the facts and details of what happened to you, our Lafayette maritime attorneys can identify the liable parties and the applicable law that applies in your case. Our goal is to file a claim that gives you the best chance of recovering maximum compensation for your claim, regardless of where your injury occurred or the specific maritime law that governs how and where you were injured.

The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux is a maritime personal injury law firm in Lafayette, LA. Our law firm welcomes a wide range of personal injury cases including auto accidents, truck accidents, workers compensation and wrongful death. To schedule a consultation with one of our practicing maritime injury attorneys, please give us a call at 337-989-1212 or complete our inquiry contact form.

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