If you or a loved one needs a platform drilling, offshore injury, or personal injury attorney anywhere in Louisiana, call us immediately. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we are only paid if there is a recovery.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, the attorneys of Haik, Minvielle & Grubbs can assist you in obtaining the fair and just compensation you deserve. Our attorneys regularly help those seriously injured in car wrecks, vessel and offshore rig accidents, land based work accidents, truck or 18-wheeler accidents, and bus crashes. We also assist accident victims who have suffered brain injuries, neck, back and other orthopedic injuries, and burns. For those who have lost a loved one in an accident, we also handle wrongful death lawsuits.
If you have lost a loved one as the result of someone else’s negligence, you are probably having a difficult time emotionally and the sense of loss can be overwhelming. You can’t do what you really want to do, bring that person back. You might think pursuing a claim for money damages is pointless or even devalues his or her life. However, our state law allows a recovery that puts value on the person’s life and gives support for those in most need of it. The legal issues surrounding wrongful death are complicated and require experience and special knowledge in order to get the fair and just outcome that you are seeking.
At Haik, Minvielle & Grubbs, we are here to help provide not only the comfort you and your family need, but the legal representation that will get you through and help you get the compensation that you deserve for this tragic event. We know how to present the case and win full value for the victim’s injuries and for his or her life.
Some people may not realize that if they’ve been in a serious accident and sustained a serious injury, and they received settlement for that injury, whether through workers compensation or through a civil case, that they could still be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.
There are different factors to be considered, but it’s obviously worth sitting down with a lawyer who understands the Social Security Disability appeal process to determine if it’s worthwhile to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. If you’re unable to return to the workforce following an injury and even though you’ve received a settlement, it still may be something worth considering.
Maritime and offshore platform injury law is very specialized and complex. The level of effort and expertise needed to successfully prosecute a personal injury case under the Jones Act or Maritime Law is something only an experienced, committed maritime or platform injury attorney can provide.
Under a federal law known as the Jones Act (46 U.S.C. §688), a worker who is a member of a crew of either traditional or non-traditional vessels, such as floating and drilling rigs and spud barges, has a right to assert a claim for personal injury damages arising from a negligent act by his employer or co-workers.
Under the Jones Act, injured crew members and seamen can recover damages for personal injuries, including pain and suffering, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. If employer negligence played any part in causing the injury, that employer is liable for the injuries.
Individuals injured while being transported to and from offshore facilities also have rights under maritime law. If they are injured through a wrongful or negligent act of the vessel, they may prosecute a claim with a Louisiana personal injury lawyer under Section 905 (b) of a federal law known as the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
This law allows individuals to assert claims for full damages, even while receiving workers compensation and medical benefits from their employers. As experienced Louisiana offshore injury attorneys, we can assist with these personal injury claims.
According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of the adjoining state governs workers injured while working on a fixed offshore platform that is attached to the ocean bottom. Therefore, offshore platforms and tension-leg platforms located off the coast of Louisiana are considered artificial islands governed by Louisiana law.
Under federal and state law, an injured worker has a right to assert a claim against an individual or company other than his or her employer provided that they are guilty of negligence and at fault in causing the injuries.