Committed To Results In Admiralty And Maritime Law Claims

Louisiana is famous for its shoreline, which is a hub for businesses, recreation and employment. Although the water is a way of life for many people, it also comes with an array of risks and the potential for serious injuries.

Workers and travelers on the Gulf of Mexico and the waterways that feed it are exposed to a wide variety of hazards. Attorney James Arruebarrena assists seamen and dock workers in recovering compensation for injuries suffered in harbor, at sea and on cruise ships in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the surrounding area.

Mr. Arruebarrena does not employ assistants and paralegals to do the work on our firm's cases. He represents each client personally, ensuring that you benefit from his extensive experience and record of success.

Claims Under The Jones Act

A seaman falls on a greasy deck and suffers a back injury. A waiter on a private yacht falls overboard and drowns. A sailor's foot is crushed in a hoist accident. The Jones Act is a United States law providing all of the maritime workers with the ability to sue their employers for negligence. If the boat was unseaworthy, the equipment was defective, or the company was not taking proper safety precautions, our attorneys will pursue a claim under the Jones Act. Recent changes to the Jones Act have expanded the definition of "seaman," "ship," and the act now covers wrongful death claims. If the Jones Act doesn't apply to your offshore injury, we will investigate the possibility of a claim under general admiralty law.

Learn more about Jones Act Claims.

The Longshore And Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)

Workers injured or who have contracted occupational diseases while employed in support of the maritime industry as shipbuilders, dock workers, longshoremen, mechanics, or maintenance workers on any canal, river, or other waterway are entitled to compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). Lawyers at our New Orleans firm handle LHWCA claims throughout Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.

We also represent oil and gas workers who are injured in serious oil rig accidents.

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We Work For You And No One Else

If you or a member of your family suffered a catastrophic injury or death in an accident covered under admiralty law, the insurance company will try to pay as little as possible for your loss. Have your claim evaluated by an experienced maritime lawyer before making a statement for the insurance company, or signing any insurance forms. If you would like Mr. Arruebarrena to evaluate your claim, contact our New Orleans office at 504-322-1272 to arrange a free consultation.