Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

Workplace accidents involving maritime employees are handled differently than traditional workers' compensation claims. Injuries occurring to workers on ships will be covered under Jones Act, and the employee may seek compensation from the employer directly. The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act covers other maritime workers exempt from Jones Act, including dock works and those working on boards on the outer continental shelf.

Our firm has handled a great deal of these claims on behalf of companies with business interests in Southern Louisiana. These matters can be highly complex, but our attorneys have the experience and acumen to skillfully defend our clients from unjust claims.

The Jones Act covers all injuries to workers at sea, handling the disbursement of benefits very differently than under workers' compensation. Our firm represents the interests of employers who are being presented suspicious claims of injury that may not have occurred on the job. We will thoroughly investigate each claim and determine if the company actually owes the worker for the claim.

Other injuries at sea to nonworker passengers aboard the ship will also be legally handled differently than personal injury claims occurring on land. Again, we are well-versed in this area of law and have successfully represented the interests of companies in evaluating, valuing and negotiating such claims.

Other maritime issues can include the return of stowaways to their countries of origin, environmental claims and any other issues that may arise during maritime operations.

To schedule a consultation with the firm, please contact us by calling our office at 504-523-0400.