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.