Offshore Accidents along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast
In the Biloxi and Pascagoula area, many people work offshore on barges, fishing vessels, cargo ships, casino boats, and ferries, which means offshore accidents are common along the Gulf Coast simply due to the amount of time we spend on the water. When those who own or operate seafaring vessels fail to keep their premises and equipment safe for workers and the public, injury-causing accidents are especially likely to happen. Gardner Law Firm has extensive experience handling offshore accident cases involving maritime law and The Jones Act.
On-the-Job Offshore Accidents
If you have been injured in the course of performing your job working as a crewmember aboard a barge, commercial or chartered fishing vessel, a casino boat, or ferry, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries under maritime law. Maritime laws have been established for the benefit of workers who have sustained personal injuries under a number of situations and circumstances, including accidents involving:
- Dock or shipyard injuries
- Oil rigs
- Cargo ships
- Commercial fishing boat injuries
- Tour boats
- Charter fishing boats
If you are injured due to the unseaworthiness of the vessel or offshore oil rig you are working on, you may have a case against its owner or your employer under The Jones Act in addition to any personal injury claims you have against negligent parties responsible for your accident.
The Jones Act was established in 1920 as the Merchant Marine Act. It states that ship owners are responsible for providing maritime workers with safe and seaworthy vessels, maintaining equipment, training employees, and for the safe navigation around vessels or offshore oil rigs. This contributes to a safe working environment for all crewmembers, and protects you from being injured while performing hazardous work.
Ship Owner Responsibilities under The Jones Act
There are many specific items ship owners are responsible for maintaining under The Jones Act, including:
- A vessel’s owner must make sure the ship is able to withstand the rigors of the weather and the seas it is operating in.
- The crew members must be trained and certified competent to maintain the vessel.
- The equipment you work with must be maintained in proper working condition and serviced regularly.
- All decks must be maintained and kept free from trip and fall hazards.
Patron Accidents on Maritime Vessels
In addition to people who have been injured while working offshore, we represent patrons of offshore casinos, marina restaurants, charter boats, and cruise ships who have sustained personal injuries while onboard these vessels. For example, slip and fall injuries frequently occur offshore due to a ship’s motion or rough water, and also because of wet or slippery surfaces on the boat or dock.
In fact, the types of injuries you may suffer as the patron of a boat or maritime facility are virtually limitless. You may hit your head on an unfamiliar low doorway, causing lacerations and concussions. As a cruise ship passenger or dinner marina patron, you may get food poisoning and become sick due to eating food that was improperly prepared, handled, or preserved. Injuries may also occur when boarding or disembarking from boat to deck as the vessel rocks back and forth. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your personal injury, the Gardner Law Firm is there for you with a team of experienced offshore injury attorneys.
Contact Gardner Law Firm after Sustaining an Offshore Injury
If you have been injured offshore, either as a worker or a patron on a maritime vessel, please contact Gardner Law Firm to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced personal injury and maritime attorney. We have helped injury victims all along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast get the money they deserve after an accident.