Offshore Injury

Compensation for an offshore or maritime injury incurred by a worker in the course of his or her employment is driven by a number of factors.  For purposes of determining appropriate compensation for a maritime injury, workers fall into two groups. The first group consists of “seamen” employed by a United States-flagged vessel and supporting its operation, while the second group consists of someone who works on navigable waters or adjacent to them on a dock, pier, warehouse, or similar facility.  A member of the first group is entitled to compensation under the federal “Jones Act,” while a member of the second group is compensated under a different federal law, the United States Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (USL&H).  Injured workers not falling into either group may still be eligible for compensation under applicable state worker’s compensation laws.


The U.S. Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act

The United States Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (USL&H) is a federal worker’s compensation law that offers compensation to injured maritime workers employed on or adjacent to the United States’ navigable waters, such as on or in docks, warehouses, piers, and similar facilities.  USL&H generally offers a higher rate of compensation for a maritime injury than state worker’s compensation acts do for the same injury, and therefore an injured worker will often seek to make a claim under USL&H rather than under the state workers’ compensation statute, even when the worker’s status as someone entitled to USL&H damages is open to dispute.  Like state workers’ compensation statutes, USL&H compensates the worker at predetermined rates, with no requirement that employer negligence be proved by the injured worker.


A legal team that understands the industry and the law

Baggett McCall understands that our clients work in some of the most dangerous occupations. While there are laws in place to protect the safety of workers, it is important to work with an attorney who knows how to employ those laws to your benefit. For more information about a maritime injury, offshore oil rig accident, or a Jones Act or USL&H claim.

We have experience in cases involving:

  • Loading vessels
  • Offshore oil rig accidents
  • Riverboat, tugboat, Pilot vessel employees
  • Death on the high seas
  • Private vessel and boating accidents
  • Work platform injuries
  • Inland and Offshore Workboat and Crew boat injuries
  • Inland and Offshore Barge cases


Contact Baggett McCall, LLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a free consultation, or call 337-478-8888 or 800-639-2524 now to speak directly with an experienced offshore and maritime injury lawyer. Choose your lawyer carefully.