Louisiana Workers' Compensation
On-the-job injuries can occur when people are not paying attention and work injuries even when all the right precautions are taken. Sometimes accidents just happen. Employers are afforded certain protections under the law when their employees are hurt in connection with their employment. Louisiana has courts dedicated to workplace injuries and these courts apply specialized laws that apply to employees and their employers.
Injured workers are often left wondering about their status as an employee. Questions about losing one’s job, not receiving a regular paycheck, and medical care are almost immediately raised following a workplace accident. Contacting an experienced workers’ compensation attorney promptly can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of a lawsuit related to an on-the-job injury.
Rémy Jardell represents injured workers and he is familiar with insurers and third party administrators who work on behalf of employers. When you are injured on the job and you have questions related to the accident, do not hesitate to contact Rémy. He can explain what your rights are and what your employer’s responsibilities are.
Louisiana workers’ compensation law has undergone considerable changes recently, and having a lawyer who can advance your claim in light of these changes is a must.
Obtaining the right amount of financial benefits and medical care in connection with your workers’ compensation claim is Rémy’s top priority. Rémy does not charge a fee on workers’ compensation cases unless and until he negotiates a fair settlement on behalf clients.
If you were injured on the job and have questions about your rights, call the Law Offices of Rémy A. M. Jardell and schedule a free consultation.
Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
A special set of federal laws apply for workers who are situated in particular offshore settings or who close to the water onshore. This law, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, can also apply to employees who work domestic employers in overseas operations. This federal remedy, LHWCA, is sometimes referred to as federal workers’ compensation. Determining whether this workers’ compensation system applies to injured workers demands specialized inquiries and fact determinations. Employees such as longshoremen, other dock workers, stevedores, and workers who go offshore on fixed platforms are generally eligible for LHWCA benefits.
Longshore benefits are similar to state workers’ compensation benefits in some ways, but the court systems are considerably different. Additionally, there can be a fine line in determining whether an offshore worker is a longshore beneficiary or a Jones Act seaman. If you have been injured in a workplace accident near or on the water, knowing your legal rights soon after your injury can make all the difference. Rémy Jardell looks forward to assisting you in your workplace injury claim.
If you believe you are a longshoreman or harbor worker, call the attorneys at the Law Office of Rémy A. M. Jardell and set up a free consultation.
Jones Act Seamen
The Jones Act is a federal law that affects the rights of many workers in Louisiana and working off the Louisiana coast. The Jones Act is similar to other types of workers’ compensation in some respects (it applies to injured employees), but the law itself is much different than state workers’ compensation laws and the LHWCA.
Certain offshore workers and workers who spend a majority of their time on rivers and waterways may be Jones Act seaman. Members of a vessel’s crew are afforded the opportunity to sue their employer for workplace injuries in a broader fashion than workers’ compensation. Because of the dangers offshore and maritime workers face, the Jones Act allows for greater rights than other injured workers are entitled to receive.
A critical determination in a Jones Act case is establishing whether the worker is a crew member of a vessel. The Jones Act undergoes legal evaluations frequently by courts all across the United States as vessels change with new technology. This is particularly true with vessels that are deployed in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling and exploration.
Determining whether or not a worker injured on a vessel is a Jones Act seaman is not always a simple process. It is in an injured worker’s best interest to contact a knowledgeable attorney soon after an offshore injury to ensure the worker’s legal rights are protected.
If you were injured while working as a crewman on an offshore vessel, call the Law Office of Rémy A. M. Jardell to discuss your claim and schedule a free consultation.