Offshore & Maritime Injuries in the Gulf Coast
We know that offshore work is dangerous. Our firm has a proven track record of helping people who have been injured working offshore. Our depth of offshore injury experience extends from crew boats and dredges to jack-up and semi-submersible drilling rigs. Our Gulf Coast Offshore Injury Attorneys have represented hundreds of offshore workers and longshoremen throughout Houston, Texas, Louisiana, and the whole of the Gulf Coast and our reputation in this field is well established.
The maritime industry (both near-shore and deep-water operations) has an enormous impact on the Gulf Coast and its its residents. Our experience in this arena includes acting as experienced Gulf Coast Jones Act Attorneys and handling Longshore claims, Death on the High Seas Act (“DOHSA”) claims, Limitation of Liability proceedings, as well as claims related to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, also known as the “OPA 90.”
Throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal regions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, as well as the Intracoastal Waterway (“ICW”) and inland waters reaching deep into our nation’s interior, maritime workers are exposed to unsafe working conditions. Workers such as seamen (blue-water and brown-water), longshoremen, and people working in the offshore oil and gas industry routinely suffer injuries caused by dangerous conditions on tug boats, push boats, offshore platforms, spars, jack-up rigs, semi-submersible rigs, crew boats, drilling barges, offshore supply boats, and other types of vessels.
Gulf Coast Offshore Injury Attorneys
From 2003 to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that there were 128 fatalities related to offshore oil and gas operations in the U.S. and all but one of these fatalities occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. While most of these fatalities were due to transportation, equipment accidents made up 16%, while fires and explosions made up 13% of all offshore fatalities. Call us today at 713-739-1010 to speak to an aggressive and experienced offshore injury lawyer serving the Gulf Coast.
Types of Offshore Injuries
Working in the maritime environment means being in a dangerous situation a lot of the time, but there are certain safety practices set in place to keep workers safe. Injuries still occur and some of the most common offshore injuries are:
- Asbestos Exposure
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Loss of Limbs
- Amputation Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Repetitive Use Injuries
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Loss of Hearing
The Importance of Hiring a Maritime Lawyer
Whether your claim arises under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, or the general admiralty and maritime law, it is critical that your hire a maritime lawyer, not just a personal injury lawyer. Only an experienced offshore injury lawyer can help you navigate the legal and procedural issues and hurdles you will face when seeking compensation after being injured offshore. A maritime or unsafe equipment lawyer is uniquely qualified to represent maritime workers and their families in serious injury or wrongful death cases resulting from incidents at sea, in coastal areas, or on inland waters.
The following are some typical causes of offshore or maritime injuries:
- Lifting incidents
- Slip and falls
- Personnel basket transfer incidents
- Vessel collisions
- Incidents with crane operations
- Explosions and fires
- Diving incidents
- Line handling incidents
- Unsafe equipment
- Helicopter crashes
Whatever the cause of your maritime injury, at Lapeze & Johns, our mission is to help injured offshore and other maritime workers and their families get their lives back on track. From the beginning, we prepare a case like we’re taking it to trial, including thoroughly investigating the circumstances of the incident, talking to witnesses, securing the documents and evidence we need, and consulting with premier maritime industry and medical experts. With our firm, you can rest easy knowing that you have lawyers on your side who know how to navigate the sometimes tricky waters of maritime law, while aggressively protecting your rights and maximizing your compensation. We also handle all communications with your employer and the insurance adjusters, so you don’t have to.
Too often, we see injured people and their families mistreated, misled, or misinformed by their employers, insurance companies, and defense lawyers. We know that’s not fair, and we want to level the playing field. Our goal is to provide you with honest and straight-forward advice so you can handle your case and make informed decisions about what’s best for you and your family.
Remember that unlike state workers’ compensation claims, there is no administrative body that oversees your maritime injury claim. Instead, claims covered by maritime law must be filed in state or federal court. So, the only way to preserve your right to be compensated for your injuries is to file a lawsuit.
We understand that you have a lot going through your mind following an offshore injury. We know that you are probably worried about getting fired if you pursue a claim against your employer or a vessel owner. Many maritime workers are afraid they will get blacklisted or blackballed for pursuing compensation against a maritime company. When you contact our office, we will be able to talk through your concerns and determine the appropriate options for you and your family.
Experienced Offshore Injury Lawyers
At Lapeze & Johns, we have won verdicts, judgments, and settlements for offshore workers and their families all over Texas and throughout the Gulf Coast, in both state and federal courts. Our skilled Gulf Coast maritime lawyers collectively have over two decades of experience under their belts litigating and trying these types of cases. The boat companies, drilling companies, insurance companies, and especially their lawyers, know who we are and know that they will have to pay a premium to our clients if they want to avoid going to trial against us.