Offshore Accident

What are my rights when I’m injured on a vessel such as a jack-up, semi-submersible drilling rig, drilling ship, etc.?
Because the rights of a victim of a maritime accident depend dramatically on the classification of the vessel involved and the status of the victim as a seaman or passenger, the rights of a victim must be analyzed carefully by an experienced maritime attorney. Rights of maritime victims can vary dramatically depending upon whether the victim is an employee of the operator of the vessel, a passenger or a member of the crew of the vessel and can even depend upon which federal jurisdiction (court) governs the area in which the accident occurred. If you are injured as a result of the actions or condition of a vessel, you should contact a highly experienced maritime attorney. The Broussard & David, L.L.C. website onto which you are presently logged discloses some of our past experience in representing victims of such accidents.

What are my family’s rights in the event I am injured or killed in an offshore accident?
Because the rights of the family of a victim of a maritime accident depend dramatically on the classification of the vessel involved and the status of the victim as a seaman or passenger, the family’s rights must be analyzed carefully by an experienced maritime attorney. Rights of the maritime victim’s family can vary dramatically depending upon whether the victim is an employee of the operator of the vessel, a passenger or a member of the crew of the vessel and can even depend upon which federal jurisdiction (court) governs the area in which the accident occurred. If your loved one was injured as a result of the actions or condition of a vessel, you should contact a highly experienced maritime attorney. The Broussard & David, L.L.C. website onto which you are presently logged discloses some of our past experience in representing the families of victims of such accidents.

What are my rights when I’m injured on a fixed platform?
The rights of a victim injured on a fixed platform, whether the platform is located in state territorial waters or on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States, is for the most part governed by the laws of the adjacent state. The victim’s rights can depend upon whether the accident resulted from the negligence of a vessel operating near the platform, the platform operator itself or its contractors. Analyzing the rights of a victim in such accidents is extremely complex and you should contact an experienced maritime attorney should you be so injured. The Broussard & David, L.L.C. website onto which you are currently logged provides some of our firm’s past experience in handling such matters.

Will I lose my job if I bring a claim?
Typically one’s decision to bring a claim or not is not as important in answering this question as is the quality of the employer of such a victim. Typically the employer of a victim of an offshore accident stands to gain through the employee’s recovery against negligent third parties. Through such claims an employer can recover expenses incurred by the employer through its responsibility under the Workers’ Compensation Act or its responsibility in providing maintenance and cure benefits to its seaman employees. An experienced attorney can help you understand these issues so you should consult such an individual if you are faced with the decision of whether or not to bring such a claim. The Broussard & David, L.L.C. website onto which you are currently logged can inform you as to our extensive experience in handling such claims.

Who pays for my medical bills?
The law concerning the rights of a maritime victim to recover medical expenses vary dramatically between the classification of such a victim in his employment status. If the accident victim is a member of the crew of a vessel, the vessel operator may be responsible for medical benefits under its obligation to provide “care”. If not, the employer of the victim may owe medical benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The answer to this question is complex and you should consult an experienced maritime attorney concerning such issues. The Broussard & David, L.L.C. website onto which you are currently logged can inform you as to our extensive experience in handling such claims.

How do I know that an attorney has the qualifications to handle a maritime case?
You should question an attorney who you are considering as your representative closely concerning his actual past experience in handling maritime cases through trial as lead counsel to conclusion. The issues concerning victim’s rights in a maritime case are typically quite complex and require an extensive understanding of this area of the law. Our firm’s extensive experience in handling such claims is shown on the Broussard & David, L.L.C. website onto which you are currently logged.

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