Onshore and Offshore Injuries
If you are a maritime worker who was injured on the job, it is important that you retain the services of a maritime injury lawyer who can make sure that you receive the compensation that your injuries warrant. Thornhill Law Firm, A PLC, is a New Orleans, Louisiana-based maritime injury law firm that represents employees injured in onshore and offshore accidents.
Our Louisiana and Mississippi maritime accident lawyers have the experience and resources to handle claims under federal maritime law, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Compensation Act ( LHWCA), the Jones Act, Mississippi and Louisiana Workers’ Compensation laws, and other state and federal laws.
Where you were injured and what you were doing when the accident occurred will determine the kind of claim that you can file. Filing your injury or death claim under the wrong law can adversely affect whether your claim is accepted or denied and whether you receive the maximum compensation. This is why it is so important that you talk to one of our maritime injury lawyers first rather than trying to settle your claim with your employer or its insurance company without legal representation.
Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)
The LHWCA provides injury coverage for shipbuilders, dockworkers, harbor employees, shoreside workers, stevedores, and other workers that are not considered “seamen” for coverage purposes under the Jones Act, general maritime law, or by their state’s workers’ compensation laws.
Injury accidents that the LHWCA covers include shipbuilding accidents, accidents while loading and unloading equipment or cargo off ships and other vehicles, slip and fall accidents, accidents while operating machinery, heavy equipment, or other work vehicles, injury accidents caused by defective tools or other products, construction accidents, and other work-related injuries. LHWCA also provides coverage to these workers if they are injured while doing their job on a vessel or offshore.
Occupational diseases, including exposure to toxic or hazardous substances, are also covered by the LHWCA. The statute of limitations for filing for compensation under the LHWCA is one year from the time of the accident. LHWCA claims can be filed against the worker’s employer, such as the shipping company, a contracting company, or a boat operator or owner. Compensation options under LHWCA are more limited than those provided under the Jones Act.
Thornhill Law Firm, For The People
Insurance companies will often fight to pay the minimum recovery amounts to injured workers. This is another area where our maritime injury law firm can step in. Thornhill Law Firm, A PLC, is known for its zealous and aggressive handling of our clients’ insurance claims when seeking justice for our clients—and we will fight for your compensation.
In some injury cases, such as those involving a defective product, the injured worker may have grounds to file a third party claim or lawsuit against the product manufacturer or another liable party. Our Louisiana products liability lawyers have successfully handled both simple and complex litigation cases involving defective products, including class action cases.
Our maritime injury lawyers at Thornhill Law Firm, A PLC, offer our clients highly effective legal skills and strategies, an in-depth knowledge of maritime injuries and the laws that govern the different accidents, hands-on legal representation, and first-rate client service. We want you to call us with questions about your case, and we will respond promptly.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our maritime accident attorneys, call Thornhill Law Firm, A PLC, at (800) 989-2707 or contact us online.