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SMCL Attorneys

New Orleans Jones Act Lawyers

Injured Seamen Have Rights. We Fight to Protect Them.

At Stephenson, Chávarri & Lambert, a substantial part of our personal injury and maritime law practice is focused on seeking compensation for seamen, ship workers, oil rig workers, longshoremen, dock workers, commercial fishermen and other maritime industry employees who have suffered injury on the job. Particularly, we represent seamen injured on oil rigs and ocean-going vessels who are seeking recovery under the Jones Act.

The Jones Act was passed by the United States Congress in 1920. It enables sea-based maritime workers to seek damages if they suffer injury on the job due to the negligence of their employer or the vessel’s owner. Regardless of fault, maritime law entitles injured seamen to receive maintenance (financial support) and cure (medical care) at their employer’s expense.

Our experienced attorneys represent seamen based in Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, throughout the Gulf Coast and worldwide who have suffered serious and life-altering injuries in the course of their work duties, such as:

  • Broken bones and damaged knees, shoulders, elbows, ankles and other joints
  • Amputation or loss of function in a limb
  • Spinal cord injury, paralysis, paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Neck and back injury, such as slipped or herniated discs

We also represent the families of seamen who lost their lives when a ship capsized, who fell overboard and drowned, or who were killed in any other fatal maritime accident aboard a jack-up rig, semi-submersible, barge, dredge or other vessel.

The specifics of how the Jones Act may or may not apply in your case can depend on a number of variables. In order to understand your legal rights and options, we encourage you to consult an experienced admiralty, maritime law and Jones Act attorney immediately. Time may be limited in which to take the appropriate legal action following an injury or loss of life.

Contact Us to Discuss any Potential Jones Act Claim

For help in recovery after a serious injury sustained while working aboard a ship or other maritime vessel in Louisiana coastal waters, the Gulf of Mexico or anywhere around the world, call Stephenson, Chávarri & Lambert at 504-523-6496 or contact our firm by e-mail to schedule a consultation with an experienced New Orleans Jones Act lawyer. We work hard to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.