Maritime, Oilfield, & Railroad Injury and Death

You need a tough, experienced lawyer to handle your maritime law or Jones Act claims.

There are specific maritime laws – such as the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Death on the High Seas Act – all designed in different ways to offer different levels of protection for workers or people who are injured at sea or during “sea-related” work. All sorts of “offshore” or sea-related or vessel-related workplace accidents are covered by maritime law, including injury cases on oil rigs, accidents involving helicopters, and accidents involving boats transporting employees to and from oil rigs. Injuries on commercial fishing boats and even on docks related to loading and unloading commercial vessels are often covered by maritime law.

If you are a worker who has been injured in any sort of maritime work (on a boat, vessel, oil rig, ship, helicopter, barge, scow, dredge, or dock) you will need a skilled and tough lawyer to evaluate, research and handle your case. Jones Act job injuries are distinctly different from “Workers’ Compensation” injuries and longshore compensation injuries. If you work on a ship, boat, barge, fishing boat, or in any job involving a term that contains the word boat or ship, you are likely covered by the Jones Act. If you work on an offshore drilling rig you are probably covered by the Jones Act. If you work anywhere in the water or near the water, there is a good chance you are covered by the Jones Act. Workers who were previously classified only under the Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) may now be covered by the Jones Act.

Do not make assumptions as to what your rights are, and do not listen to your employer or their insurer.

Do not assume that you are covered by Workers Compensation, Longshore Compensation or any other law until you talk to one of the experienced Jones Act attorneys at Cardenas Law Firm. Do not listen to your employer, their insurance company or their doctor. Do not listen to anyone about the law except an experienced Jones Act attorney.

Keep in mind that the benefits and protections provided under each of the various laws mentioned above are very different – the Jones Act generally provides much more generous coverage than the LHWCA. It is crucial that an experienced Jones Act lawyer carefully analyze the facts of your case to determine which laws apply, and move forward accordingly. At Cardenas Law Firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we are absolutely committed to doing just that, and because we never defend employers or their insurers you can trust that we will be 100% loyal and dedicated to achieving the best possible result for you.


Railroad and train accidents involve different bodies of law, too.

Similarly to maritime law, there are specific laws designed to offer protection to workers injured on railroads and trains, and we at Cardenas Law Firm are experienced and prepared to handle any railroad or train injury claim. For more information click on this link to see our page entitled “Railroad injuries and death.”

Call us today to discuss your maritime, Jones Act, railroad or train accident case – the consultation is free! 1-877-354-4529

Choosing your Jones Act or maritime accident attorney (or your railroad injury attorney) is an important decision that you should only make after speaking with us in person or at least by phone. There is no charge for us to talk to you or meet with you to evaluate your case. In fact, until we make a recovery for you – either at trial, at mediation, at arbitration, or by settlement – you will never have to pay us anything! So please… contact us today so that you can get to know us better, and so that we can better evaluate your Jones Act or maritime case.