Some companies get sued in Jones Act cases more than others. Louisiana Marine Operators is a company that deals with a lot of Jones Act lawsuits. Why? Because this company primarily operates vessels, such as crewboats, utility boats, offshore supply vessels, inland workboats, spud barges, deck barges, deck luggers and pushboats. Working on these types of vessels is very dangerous work. Any employee of this company who is injured while assigned to be working on any of these types of vessels will very likely qualify for a Jones Act claim.
Louisiana Marine Operators is based in Broussard, Louisiana, and has been operating these types of vessels off the coast of Louisiana and in the greater Gulf Coast area for over 60 years. This is a very lucrative business for the company, and obviously the company could not profit like it does without the hard work of the many crewmembers it employs to operate its vessels.
Under the Jones Act, this company has a legal obligation to provide its crewmembers with a safe place to work. If an employee is injured on the job, then this company must pay various types of compensation. Here is how it works:
- Even if the company did not do anything to cause the injury to its employee, it must pay maintenance and cure benefits.
- To get more benefits, the employee (through his or her attorney) must show the company is at least partially at fault for causing the injury. This will open the door to additional benefits such as payment of medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for physical impairment, disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
- In catastrophic injury cases, such as amputation and burn injury cases, the injured crewmember will be entitled to an even higher level of compensation. For example, in these instances a life care plan should be prepared, which typically will be valued at amounts over $10,000,000.
Louisiana Marine Operators has defended against hundreds of Jones Act lawsuits over the years. They have the best lawyers and insurance adjusters representing them. Whenever one of their employees is injured on the job, they immediately start doing things to try to protect the company. They will ask for a recorded statement from the injured worker, and ask the worker to sign various forms. The worker should refuse these requests. The claims adjusters and company attorneys also often misrepresent things to the worker and his or her family, concerning what must be done in order to obtain maintenance and cure benefits.
If someone is seriously injured on the job with Louisiana Marine Operators, their best bet is to find a law firm that specializes in Jones Act claims, and talk to them.
If you would like to speak with one of our experienced lawyers about an injury on the job with this company, please give us a call at 877 724 7800. We have handled hundreds of Jones Act cases throughout Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. All communications will remain strictly confidential and will be done at no charge and with no obligations.