Offshore accidents are very dangerous and often deadly accidents. Those who survive may be seriously and permanently injured. The offshore work environment is incredibly dangerous. Explosions and other massive accidents are not uncommon, but even a simple slip and fall can easily become fatal when you are out in the water. If you have been injured in an offshore accident as a worker or as a passenger, or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal offshore accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation under maritime law.
Offshore Accident Attorneys
Maritime law is different than the laws that apply in accidents that occur on land. An experienced offshore accident attorney will be able to determine which maritime laws apply in your case, and help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries or the loss of your loved one.
Payment for Workers’ Most Basic Needs
Injured offshore workers are entitled to at least some payment for their basic needs, without having to prove fault. The type of compensation you qualify for depends on several factors, including whether or not you qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act.
If you are covered by the Jones Act, you are entitled to maintenance and cure for any work-related injury or illness, without the need to prove fault. The “maintenance” portion pays for your living expenses. “Cure” pays for your medical expenses until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI). Depending on the circumstances, you may also be able to file a Jones Act claim for far more compensation.
If you do not qualify as a seaman, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) will apply in most offshore accidents. The LHWCA entitles you to payment of your medical expenses, with the doctor of your choice, and replacement of up to two-thirds of your normal wage. If you are not covered by the Jones Act or LHWCA, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation under the state Workers’ Compensation laws.
You do not need to prove fault to receive LHWCA or Workers’ Compensation benefits, but you are barred from suing your employer.
The Jones Act requires vessel owners to maintain safe conditions. Through a successful Jones Act claim, you can receive full compensation for the damages arising from your accident including:
- Existing and future medical expenses
- Existing and future lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an offshore accident, please contact AccidentAttorneys.org to be connected with an experienced offshore accident attorney in your area right away.