Louisiana, home to many bodies of water, employs deckhands aboard its ships and barges. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a deckhand helps establish and maintain the safe operation of a water vessel by standing steering watches and repairing and maintaining on-deck equipment. While they are working, deckhands could experience injuries, such as:
- Falling tools and equipment
- Severe weather and employer negligence
- Flawed or faulty machinery and apparatus
- Slip and fall accidents due to slick deck surfaces
If one or more of these factors contributed to your deckhand injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation. An Alexandria deckhand injury lawyer familiar with maritime, employment, and personal injury laws with our firm can review your situation and advise you of your legal options. Contact the client intake team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (318) 777-7777 to start building a solid case for financial compensation today.
Explore Your Recoverable Damages for Maritime Injuries
Your injuries may require lengthy periods of medical care until your health care team determines you are fully recovered. The expenses and losses associated with treating and recovering from your injuries might be recoverable, including:
Fixed Costs Like Current and Future Medical Bills
We can help you tabulate your known medical costs and accurately forecast the future medical care your injuries will require.
Current and Future Income Losses
We may use your employment and salary history records to calculate the income you have missed to date. We may also use them to anticipate the value of your future income loss.
These intangible damages are difficult to value without assistance. We can help you understand the regulations and formulas we use to assign a monetary value to your physical and emotional pain and suffering.
We can request documents, records, receipts, and estimates to establish the value of your tangible expenses.
For a free legal consultation with a deckhand injury lawyer serving Alexandria, call (318) 777-7777
Comply with the Filing Deadline of the Jones Act
Every civil lawsuit, rather governed by local, state, or federal law, must comply with a filing deadline. Governed largely by the Jones Act, your maritime injury case also has a timeline that must be complied with. If the statute of limitations expires before you file your lawsuit, you may be left with no legal options for financial recovery because:
- You may not be permitted to file it at all
- It may be dismissed out of hand if it is filed
Complying with the statute of limitations starts with understanding it. According to 46 U.S.C. § 30106, you generally have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit for compensation. Do not let too much time go by before involving our team in your lawsuit.
An Alexandria deckhand injury lawyer from our firm can file your case on time. Contact the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (318) 777-7777 to get started today.
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Common Injuries Suffered by Deckhands
With various duties and responsibilities, a career as a deckhand can be rewarding and fulfilling. Working as a deckhand on a massive vessel might also lead to these commonly reported injuries:
- Accidental falls
- Accidental drownings
- Head injuries
Any one of these injuries might leave you temporarily incapacitated and unable to work. Multiple injuries might enforce long-term rehabilitation and recovery. Our team may help you build your lawsuit while you cope with your recovery and stick to your prescribed treatment plan.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites the following injuries that result from accidental falls:
- Head injuries
- Hip fractures
- Broken wrists
- Ankle sprains
If you suffered injuries due to a fall while working as a deckhand, you may have a personal injury lawsuit against your employer or the vessel owner where you were injured.
CDC statistics rank accidental drownings in the maritime industry at a high rate. If someone you love drowned due to accidentally falling overboard or in a maritime accident or disaster, you may have options for financial compensation.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine research, head injuries might range from mild to catastrophic and may include:
- Fractured skull
- Skull depressions
- Contusion or bruising
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Your health care team may help you define the severity of your head injury, the length of your treatment plan, and your prognosis for recovery.
Let Us Help You Build a Solid Case for Compensation
Building a strong case file, dealing with your employer’s insurance company, and resolving your lawsuit with a financial settlement may be time-consuming and complex matters. The sooner you involve our maritime injury team in your compensation lawsuit, the more time we may have to:
- Investigate your accident
- Organize the evidence in your case
- File insurance claims forms
- Explain maritime law
- Enforce the Jones Act
- Evaluate your lawsuit
- Negotiate for a settlement
Our legal team is ready to advocate for and support you in your pursuit of compensation. Do not hesitate to get our team involved in your case. We can help you understand your rights and ensure that your case meets all required legal elements. We also can accurately value your case and file your lawsuit on time.
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An Alexandria deckhand injury lawyer from our firm can help you build your case, prove your injuries, and navigate the financial compensation process. Get the medical attention your injuries require as soon as possible. While you concentrate on getting better, we can concentrate on getting the compensation you may deserve due to negligence.
Contact an injury team member by calling Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (318) 777-7777 to get your case started today.