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Louisiana Maritime Lawyer and Jones Act Attorneys
Jobs in the Louisiana maritime industry often come with a certain level of risk. If you work as a seaman, in the ports, on an offshore drilling rig or in another maritime job, you may be at greater risk for on-the-job injury, particularly if a co-worker or employer is negligent. Maritime workers have specific rights when it comes to work-related injuries that are different from in other industries.
U.S. maritime laws lay out different guidelines for various maritime industry jobs and compensation. If you are a maritime worker who was injured in the course of your work, the Louisiana maritime lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris can help explain your rights and fight to get you the full compensation allowed under the right laws. When injured, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills and more. If you are a seaman, for example, our Louisiana Jones Act attorneys can help you obtain maintenance and cure benefits, as well as other compensation you may be entitled to.
Louisiana Maritime Commerce And Ports
As Louisiana maritime attorneys, we represent workers from all areas of the maritime industry. In this Gulf Coast state, a prime spot for maritime workers are the state’s ports. We have decades of experience in helping injured port workers, as well as maritime workers who are employed on the vessels that frequent the ports. We serve workers from all Louisiana ports, including:
1. New Orleans -- The Port of New Orleans, on the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, is the second largest in the nation based on cargo volume handled. With the world’s longest wharf, measuring slightly more than 2 miles long, this port seas about 62 million short tons of cargo every year, 50,000 barges and 700,000 cruise ship passengers.
2. Fourchon -- Port Fourchon is a highly trafficked port for the petroleum industry, with more than 600 oil platforms in a 40-mile radius. More than 250 companies have operations at the port, which spans about 600 acres.
3. Plaquemines Parish Port, Harbor and Terminal District -- Despite suffering severe damage in hurricanes Rita and Katrina, this port handled more than 60 million tons of cargo in 2006. Primary cargo includes natural gas, crude oil, cobalt, nickel, phosphate and sulfur.
Other ports in state include Port of Greater Baton Rouge, Port of Lake Charles, Port of Alliance, Port of Gramercy and Port of Shreveport.
Don’t Wait To Get A Louisiana Maritime Attorney On Your Side
In a fair world, your employer will offer reasonable and just compensation when you have suffered an on-the-job injury. Unfortunately, this is not what usually happens. When you are injured as a result of your work, a Louisiana maritime lawyer at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris can help you to understand your rights, know what to expect and determine the best course of action for getting fair and equitable compensation to which you are entitled under the maritime laws of the United States.
If you have been injured while working a maritime job, please call our Louisiana Jones Act Attorneys today at 1-800-949-6671 for a FREE consultation.