A serious accident can happen at any time, and when it does, the injuries can be significant. Whether you or someone you love has been harmed by another’s negligence, our experienced attorneys at Williams Law Office are here to help with your legal needs.
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Louisiana Personal Injury Attorneys
If you are involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, you should contact an attorney immediately to preserve your rights. Our legal team takes immediate action by preserving evidence and starting the initial investigation as soon as possible.
Large commercial trucks travel across our highways daily transporting goods. Unfortunately, because of the size and weight of these trucks other drivers on the road are at risk of suffering a serious injury or worse in an accident. If you are injured by a commercial vehicle you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for your losses.
Seamen’s Rights under General Maritime Law
In addition to being able to sue their employers and other parties for negligence, seamen have unique rights under general maritime law. These include the right to maintenance and cure, the right to wages, and the right to sue for unseaworthiness. Maintenance is a daily living allowance paid to seamen who are hurt on the job, regardless of who is at fault for their injuries. The employer owes the seaman maintenance until they are fully healed, or until they reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), Cure is the reasonable medical expenses incurred in the treatment of a seaman’s condition. Like maintenance, the seaman’s employer is obligated to pay cure regardless of fault, and the payment of cure must continue until a seaman reaches MMI. Under general maritime law, vessel owners owe a duty to seamen to provide a “seaworthy” vessel on which the seamen work. The warranty of seaworthiness applies to more than just vessels in danger of sinking, but specifies that all parts of the vessel and its equipment must be reasonably fit for their intended use. A seaman has a cause of action for unseaworthiness if the vessel or its equipment is broken, unmaintained, or inadequately provisioned and this causes the seaman’s injuries and resulted in his injuries.