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New Orleans Maritime Injury Attorney

Commercial Fishing Accidents

Louisiana’s economy heavily relies on commercial fishing, an industry known for its rigorous demands and inherent dangers. This vital sector not only feeds the nation but also employs thousands, who brave the natural elements and operational hazards daily. Understanding these risks and ensuring that legal protections are in place is crucial for the well-being of these workers.

Commercial fishing is regulated by both state and federal laws designed to protect workers by minimizing risks. These laws mandate strict adherence to safety protocols, and failure to comply can lead to severe consequences for employers. Despite these regulations, some employers neglect these duties, putting their workers at grave risk. In such cases, the expertise of a committed commercial fishing accident lawyer is indispensable to navigate the aftermath of maritime accidents and enforce accountability.

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Common Types of Maritime Injuries

Fishermen face diverse dangers that can lead to serious injuries or fatalities:

  • Slip and Falls: : Particularly prevalent due to the wet, uneven surfaces commonly found on barges.
  • Severe Weather Conditions: Storms and rough seas can suddenly endanger the lives of crew members on fishing vessels.
  • Navigation Accidents: Collisions and allisions are significant hazards, especially in poorly charted waters or amidst aggressive maneuvering.
  • Heavy Machinery Accidents: The use of winches, cranes, and other heavy machinery necessary for fishing operations can result in catastrophic injuries if mishandled or defective.
  • Confined Space Risks:Working in the confined spaces of a vessel increases the risk of accidents, from fires to equipment-related injuries.

Contact us today at (504) 475-2429 to arrange a free consultation with a maritime injury attorney in New Orleans.

How Chopin Law Firm Can Help

When accidents occur, proving negligence is a critical step in securing compensation. Our maritime accident lawyers possess a deep understanding of the complexities involved in maritime law, particularly in how negligence is defined and proven in the context of commercial fishing. We meticulously investigate each case, consulting with maritime safety experts and reviewing all evidence to build a strong argument for our clients.

Navigating Maritime Claims Effectively

Unlike other industries, commercial fishermen do not typically qualify for standard workers’ compensation claims under state law. This unique aspect of maritime employment law necessitates pursuing claims directly against employers under federal maritime laws such as the Jones Act, which provides avenues for compensation if employer negligence can be demonstrated.

 

Chopin Law Firm’s Comprehensive Legal Services

If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial fishing accident, don’t navigate your recovery alone. Contact Chopin Law Firm at (504) 323-9525 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation with an experienced maritime injury lawyer. Let us help you through this challenging time with our expertise, compassion, and unwavering dedication to achieving justice for our clients.

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