Mississippi Offshore Injury Attorney
Were you injured while working offshore?
According to the Health and Safety Executive, forty-two major offshore injuries were reported between 2010 and 2011. One hundred and seven 'over-three-day' injuries were reported and a total of 430 dangerous occurrences were reported. Seamen were injured after being struck by moving objects, carrying heavy objects, or after slipping and falling. Seamen have suffered injuries that range from fractures to sprains to contusions to lacerations. Offshore drilling remains one of the most dangerous industries. While many tasks required by offshore workers are dangerous by themselves, coupled with employer negligence they can quickly become lethal or unnecessarily risky. If your employer failed to foresee a risk or failed to keep you safe from a known risk, he/she can be held liable for your injuries.
When working as a longshoreman or harbor worker, on an oil rig off the coast of Mississippi or as a seaman on a vessel that transports goods between sea or river ports, you may be at risk of serious injury. Maritime dangers are only escalated in the presence of
negligence, poor training or defective equipment. If you or someone you love has been injured in a maritime accident, now is the time to contact a Mississippi offshore injury attorney.
Arnold & Itkin LLP is the type of firm you need by your side when dealing with a complex Jones Act or other
maritime injury claim. Our legal team is not only highly experienced but has a proven track record of success.
We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts – now is the time to find out how we can help you.
Your initial consultation with our firm is free. We can discuss the circumstances surrounding your case and can offer helpful guidance and support to aid you in making the right choices about seeking the benefits to which you may be entitled under various maritime laws, such as the Jones Act or Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. We are particularly experienced in handling claims for clients in Mississippi and are familiar with the key port cities.
In addition to helping seamen who have been injured off the coast of Mississippi or on the inland waterways in the state, we can also assist seamen who have been injured in foreign waters. We recommend contacting a maritime attorney at our firm at once, no matter the location of the incident or the type of
offshore accident that occurred. We will be happy to advise you of your rights and options during a
free case review.
Types of Offshore Accidents and Injuries
Given the nature of the duties that a seaman, harbor worker or oil rig worker may perform on a daily basis, the risk of injury is high. An offshore worker may be in danger of sustaining a
back injury or
head injury, severe
spine injury or even
amputation as the result of a
deck accident, equipment failure, serious fall or other accident on an oil platform or jack-up rig. Some offshore accidents are fatal.
In these situations, the injured seaman may be left dealing with the overwhelming cost of medical care along with the burden of financial difficulties caused by lost wages from missed work. Fortunately, he or she may be able to seek monetary compensation. Maintenance and cure benefits may be available, which may cover lost wages, food and shelter and medical care. The employer may be responsible for paying these benefits. Though benefits are available, it is usually not as easy as filing a claim and receiving fair compensation from one's employer. There is specific information that must be included and obstacles that may need to be overcome, particularly if the employer tries to deny liability or offers a settlement that simply does not cover the full extent of one's injuries.
Explanation of the Jones Act
One major piece of maritime law that can be used to protect your legal rights is the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Under this federal statute, one section in particular can be used to protect the best interests of injured seamen: Section 27, commonly referred to as the Jones Act, is specifically written to help those who work in the industry of coastal shipping between U.S. ports. Under the Merchant Marine Act, the rights of seamen were explicitly outlined. This includes what should happen to someone who was injured while employed as a Jones Act seamen – namely, giving them right to trial by jury during which they can seek just damages, similar to a railway employee. It also allowed for seamen to pursue claims based on the "unseaworthiness" or a vessel or negligence of a shipowner. All in all, this law expanded the rights afforded to seamen and allowed them the chance to pursue just compensation if wrongfully injured.
Contact us today!
In our experience dealing with maritime injury and Jones Act claims, we understand just how crucial it is to recover maximum compensation for medical bills and the other expenses or losses associated with an offshore injury. Though you may have the right to seek benefits under maritime laws, you will still benefit from having an attorney to handle your claim and protect your interests.
Don't remain a victim any longer. It is far too easy for a seaman who chooses to forgo legal counsel to be taken advantage of by a greedy employer or insurance provider. We have the knowledge and experience that makes us an aggressive and competent advocate on an injured seamen's side. Whether it is in negotiating settlements or representing our clients' interests in court, the team at our firm always fights for the best possible result. Find out how we can fight for you in your Mississippi offshore injury claim. Don't delay any longer in seeking the compensation you deserve- call us today!