Doyle LLP has been retained to bring an offshore injury claim, under United States maritime law and Section 905(b) of the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), on behalf of a worker who was injured offshore Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. The claim against Intertek USA Inc. and Offshore Marine Contractors, Inc. is based in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Intertek and Offshore Marine Contractors are companies that operate in Houma, Morgan City, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and throughout the State of Louisiana.
The claim, which is brought under maritime law and admiralty law, is based upon the negligence of Intertek and Offshore Marine, the negligence of the crew, and the condition of Offshore Marine’s vessel, the L/B Raimy Eymard. On or about October 7, 2019, Doyle LLP’s client was involved in operations, including moving a spider basket, that were under the control and supervision of Intertek and Offshore Marine near the Arena Platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Under maritime law, admiralty law, and Section 905(b), Intertek and Offshore Marine had the responsibility of ensuring safe loading operations; however, they failed to do so. Intertek and Offshore Marine’s crew, who were in charge of the operations, by and through their employees, supervisors, and Offshore Marine’s crane operator on the lift boat, negligently gave orders to move a spider basket between the Arena platform and the lift boat Raimy Eymard during dangerous sea and weather conditions, including strong winds, rain, and rough seas. Based upon the requirements of maritime law and Section 905(b) of the Longshore Act, Intertek and Offshore Marine should have suspended operations under these conditions. Compounding this unreasonable conduct, Offshore Marine and Intertek failed to ensure proper and adequate communication during the task, including but not limited to failing to provide two-way radios or other adequate communication and improperly moving the spider basket when it placed the crew in danger. As a result, the spider basket was out of control during operations and a line wrapped around Doyle LLP’s client’s right hand resulting in a serious injury.
The incident resulted in a severe injury to Doyle LLP’s client and partial amputation of two fingers. As a result, this client has been exposed to significant damages that are owed under maritime law. Under admiralty law, maritime law, and Section 905(b) of the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, this injured offshore worker will be entitled to seek lost wages, lost future earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment and other damages.
Offshore workers are a vital part of the United States economy. As a result, a complex set of laws, including admiralty law, maritime law, Section 905(b), the Jones Act, and other offshore injury rules, provide protections. If you would like to understand your rights under maritime law, following an offshore injury, the lawyers at Doyle LLP can assist in providing a free evaluation of your claim, based upon years of experience and success in representing injured offshore workers under maritime law.