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Maritime Accidents

Offshore Maritime Personal Injury Accidents

Maritime personal injury occurs on the waterways and offshore areas that bolster Louisiana’s ecomomic activities in the oil and gas industry .  Many residents of Louisiana make their living from the maritime industry.  Unfortunately dangerous conditions and processes make this industry trend towards a more hazardous occupation than most.  In fact, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that workers in the oil and gas extraction industry are killed on the job 7 times more than that of all other U.S. Industries. Typical maritime personal injuries include:

  • explosions
  • fires
  • falls
  • confined spaces
  • struck-by/caught-in/caught-between
  • vessel accidents
  • chemical exposures
  • over-exertion
oil drilling platform - maritime personal injury

oil drilling platform

The causes of these different types of maritime personal injury accidents are many, but to here some common contibutors: improper safety equipment, poor training, un-seaworthy vessels, poorly maintained systems.  The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 promotes the American merchant marine.  This Act is known as the “Jones Act” and serves as a legal tool for addressing events, including personal injury, that happen on water.

 

Don’t deal with confusion, mounting bills and overwhelmingness. If you are someone you know are involved in a maritime personal injury accident, call The Name You Know, Attorneys You Trust at Sudduth & Associates. You can get the help you need and deserve at (337) 480-0101. Sudduth & Associates specializes in personal injury.

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