New Orleans is a major US port city straddling the Mississippi River approximately 105 miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico. Since New Orleans is home to one of the largest and busiest ports in the world, it is the center of a robust maritime industry with its crucial transportation hub and distribution centers for waterborne commerce. More than 6,000 ocean vessels annually move through New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Many shipping, logistics, freight forwarding, storage facilities, and commodity brokerage firms maintain a large local presence in metropolitan New Orleans. Numerous energy producers and oilfield services companies are also headquartered in the city. The variety of maritime jobs available from marine project engineers, marine petroleum technicians, to positions involving marine construction, pipe-laying, salvage, heavy lifting, diving services as well as a myriad of other positions, draws people from all over the country to New Orleans for work. It is therefore not a surprise to have a large number of New Orleans Maritime Attorneys offering services to the many people in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast who earn their living on the water either as seamen and commercial fishermen, or as part of the multi-faceted oil and gas industry.
At the law office of Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP, our New Orleans maritime attorneys work with seamen and longshoremen who labor on the Mississippi River, the numerous Louisiana inland waterways, and along the oil rich Gulf Coast. The goal of each New Orleans maritime attorney who works in our offices is to put the full force of the Jones Act to work for injured maritime workers, helping them recover the compensation they and their families deserve. Although our law firm has a national scope, and we have built an effective practice in the New Orleans area that addresses injuries suffered on such vessels as: ocean going ships, crew boats, supply boats, tugboats, dredges, Jack up rigs and other commercial floating and movable structures, commercial fishing vessels, and ferries. Our New Orleans maritime attorneys represent seamen, longshoremen, and other workers injured on inland and oceangoing vessels, barges, crew and supply boats, offshore rigs, derrick barges, and production platforms. We file claims and aggressively protect our clients’ rights for personal injury and/ or death arising out of maritime collisions, well blowouts, products liability, and other marine hazards.
Because maritime law is a highly specialized area of law, if you have been injured or if someone you love has been injured or killed, you need to seek a New Orleans maritime attorney who works within this area and is not just a personal injury lawyer. Maritime law has a unique set of statutes of limitations depending upon the claim. For instance, if the file formal lawsuit for most maritime claims has not been filed in the proper courts within a standard three-year it may be barred. By thoroughly understanding maritime laws, admiralty law, and the all important Jones Act, as well as all the numerous requirements for filing the claim or claims, our New Orleans maritime attorneys will comprehensively discuss your legal options and proceed with the best strategy that makes the most sense for you and your family.
Contact our office at 800-773-6770 and speak with a New Orleans maritime attorney, if you have been injured in the course of work at sea in the Gulf of Mexico or one of Louisiana’s many inland waterways. By understanding your rights and options under the Jones Act and other maritime laws, you can seek the recompense you legally deserve.