Helping Injured Shipworkers And Longshoremen Recover Compensation

Galeas Law FirmIn Southern Louisiana, there are many people who make a living working on boats or on offshore drilling platforms. These positions subject workers to many different dangers each day on the job. If you or a loved one has been injured while working on one of these jobs, you need to know that there is compensation that is available to you, but you must take action in order to understand the full value of your claims.

At the Galeas Law Firm, located in New Orleans, we have a history of success helping shipworkers and longshoremen who have been injured on the job. Our attorney, Pedro F. Galeas, will carefully analyze your case to determine which laws apply, and what must be done to ensure you recover maximum compensation.

Understanding The Complex Nature Of Maritime Law Cases

Depending upon the facts of your situation, your case may fall under the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. These are both federal laws that detail the amount of compensation that is available to you. It is important to note that both of these laws will allow you to recover more compensation than is available under Louisiana workers' compensation laws.

You do not have to know which law applies to your case — that is our job. We will review the situation and then explain the potential options that are available to you. Some of the various scenarios that may lead to claims under these acts include:

  • Injuries suffered as a result of a fire or explosion aboard the ship or platform
  • Accidents that are caused by equipment or machinery on the ship or at the job site
  • Injuries that happen while a ship is being unloaded or loaded
  • Other serious injuries, such as burns or electrocution, that may result while working

Many of these accidents will lead to injuries requiring you to miss significant time from work, or result in lifelong disabilities. We understand how important it is for you to resolve this case as quickly as possible, and we work tirelessly to get you the benefits you are entitled to receive under these laws.

Schedule Your Free Consultation

We will help you understand what you must do in order to recover compensation for your maritime injury claims. To meet with an experienced lawyer to discuss your case, call our office at 504-345-1383. You may also send us an email to learn more about your options. Se habla español.