Seaman Claims

In an ordinary employment relationship, an injured employee must submit his claims to workers compensation in order to recover compensation for a workplace injury. However, the Jones Act provides a special right of recovery for seaman injured because of an employer’s negligence, and permits a seaman to file a negligence claim directly against its employer. The Lafayette maritime lawyers at Broussard & David represent injured seamen and can assist you in filing a seaman claim against your employer. Our attorneys have a record of success in maritime litigation and will work with you to develop theories of recovery that will fully compensate you for your injury.

Under the Jones Act, a seaman is the sole class of workers that can file a negligence claim against an employer. An injured seaman can only file a claim against his employer if the employer improperly maintained his vessel or if the seaman can prove that the employer or a crew member’s negligence caused his injury.

If an injured seaman successfully proves a negligence claim under the Jones Act with the assistance of the maritime attorneys at our Lafayette firm, the injured seaman may recover compensation for maintenance and cure, including:

  • Lost wages and future wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

If you or a loved one suffered were injured on the job as a seaman, you should seek legal advice immediately. An experienced Lafayette maritime attorney can assist you in understanding your legal rights and filing a seaman claim against your employer.

We offer a complimentary consultation to all prospective clients. For questions, call Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local) for a complimentary consultation. You can also contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation with a maritime lawyer in Lafayette.

<< Back to Practice Areas

Client Reviews
  • Broussard & David is a very professional and well-respected law firm. I would refer their services to anyone needing legal assistance.
  • Broussard & David = The Best Personal Injury Firm in town!!!!!
  • Best Lawyers in Acadiana
  • Amazing personal injury firm. Justice for you is their primary goal.
  • Professional personal injury law firm with great integrity and compassion for those seeking justice.