Maintenance and Cure Claims Under the Jones Act
Offshore workers face unique hazards in the course of employment, which is why a special set of laws, one of which is called the Jones Act, protect them and their rights to compensation for injuries or death.
Offshore workers labor aboard fishing boats, supply vessels, yachts, processing vessels, tugs, crew boats, transfer boats, menhaden (pogie) boats, and shrimp boats, but also on jack-up oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Maritime accidents can even occur on helicopters transporting workers to an offshore rig.
Offshore workers include seamen, but many also are oil drillers, roustabouts, deckhands, cooks, and riggers. (Learn more about who is covered under the Jones Act.)
Employers often fight Jones Act work injury cases by claiming the injured worker did not qualify as a seaman or that the ship or offshore oil rig was not a vessel. Or they offer unreasonably low amounts for maintenance and cure.
The offshore attorneys at Broussard & Hart, L.L.C., understand the tricks employers use to try to deny benefits to injured seamen. We have the experience you need to challenge an employer if you or a member of your family suffered a serious or fatal injury.
Get legal advice before signing any settlement contract. Contact our Lake Charles law office for a free consultation.
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Our attorneys will review your case and represent you throughout your offshore accident claim. Contact Broussard & Hart L.L.C. today for help pursuing a offshore accident settlement. Your first consultation is free and we won’t charge fees unless money is recovered.
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