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Properly Trained Seamen

Failure to Properly Train Seamen

Failure of employers to properly train seamen can cause serious accidents. It can lead to injury and even death.


In maritime accidents, federal laws allow injured seamen to recover damages. For, example The Jones Act, or The Doctrine of Unseaworthiness.  Specifically, The Jones Act protects seamen injured while working on a maritime vessel. Seamen include engineers, deckhands, fishermen, and crew members.


When an injury is due to the negligence of the employer, it is possible to get compensation for any damages. Damages can include pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.


Our maritime lawyers at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess conduct thorough investigations. To identify the source of liability we develop strong claims with employment records or witness statements. We also consult invaluable industry-leading maritime law experts.


Liability factors can include failure to:

  • Properly train seamen
  • Hire qualified harbor workers
  • Maintain proper safety equipment
  • Enforce or follow standard safety procedures
  • Properly maintain a vessel


The Personal Injury Attorneys at Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess commit to the successful and full recovery of damages. Families who have tragically lost their loved ones in fatal harbor accidents need our experienced maritime law attorneys to secure their maximum compensation.



Call our office today for a FREE review of your personal injury case. We typically work on a contingent agreement basis, which means our fees are contingent upon the outcome of your case.


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Laws that apply to people injured in offshore and maritime accidents:


  • Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). This law is for maritime workers who are not considered seamen under the Jones Act. Workers include loaders and dockworkers at terminals, piers, or dry dock facilities. The act gives these workers the right get compensation for injuries due to the negligence of their employers.


  • Doctrine of Unseaworthiness. Ships in operation must be seaworthy and safe under federal law. This doctrine enforces strict liability. This means that it is not necessary to prove negligence or fault. But, only that injuries occurred due to the condition of a vessel. Examples of an unseaworthy vessel can include missing safety equipment. As well as lack of supervision or untrained crew-members. Defective design and equipment can also be a factor.


  • Death on the High Seas Act. This law protects the surviving spouse and family of a deceased maritime worker. Dependents can recover for wrongful death caused by negligence or unseaworthiness.


Claims filed under the Jones Act can be highly complicated. We know how to preserve your right to benefits. Contact our maritime lawyers today for a free consultation throughout Louisiana. The attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess will carefully evaluate your claim to determine if you can secure compensation through the Jones Act.