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Maritime and Offshore Injury Attorneys In Marksville

Each year, many people are seriously injured – or even killed – on the water. If you are a worker on a seagoing vessel or an oil platform, then you know how dangerous your working environment can be. As an offshore worker you have rights, but you need the help of a skilled offshore injury lawyer to help you protect them. Our experienced maritime attorneys can help get you the legal representation you need.

There are very specific laws that have been written for the protection of those who are injured while offshore. These laws were established in large part because the owners of seagoing vessels try so hard to keep people from getting what they deserve.

Why Do Offshore Accidents Happen?

There are so many different types of offshore accidents that can take place, and there are an equal number of causes. In far too many cases, the injuries are caused by negligence of the offshore company or the improperly trained employees that running the rigs.

Whether a deck is unsafe because it is slippery, a fire breaks out because of carelessness or a piece of safety equipment fails, do not let ship’s management make you feel responsible. It is the company’s obligation to make sure that your work environment is as safe as possible, and if they fail to do so then they need take responsibility.

There are a number of dangers that are present at sea. From work boat injuries to oil platform injuries, there is no doubt that seamen work under some of the most dangerous conditions in the country.

Types Of Offshore Injury Cases We Handle

Listed below are examples of the type of offshore injury cases we handle at the Knoll Law Firm:

  • Jones Act Claims
  • Offshore Accidents
  • Oil Rig Accidents
  • Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig Accidents
  • Jack-Up Drilling Rig Accidents
  • Deck Accidents
  • Boating & Shipping Accidents
  • Barge Accidents
  • Tugboat Accidents
  • Helicopter Accidents
  • Pleasure Boating Accidents
  • Jet Ski Accidents
  • Equipment Failure
  • Injuries from Defective Boats / Motors

DO I NEED A MARITIME INJURY ATTORNEY?

When an offshore accident occurs, companies often act immediately to try to protect themselves rather than do the right thing for their employees. They may bring in teams of lawyers and investigations to intimidate you and make it seems as though it was your fault that the accident occurred and not due to any negligence on their part.

It is a stressful situation and they may ask high-pressure questions to try and avoid responsibility for your injuries. If you’re not familiar with them, then you can be taken advantage of. At the Knoll Law Firm, we have the experience to handle these cases. We will protect your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.


We Can Help You Understand Your Legal Rights

Frequently Asked Questions

The legal process can be very confusing and we know that you may have many questions and concerns regarding your case. To help relieve initial uncertainty about your legal rights, The Knoll Law Firm has compiled a list of frequently asked questions by our clients after an offshore accident:

A: If you were involved in an offshore accident you should contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options.

A: The nature of offshore drilling operations make crew-members susceptible to certain types of offshore accidents including:

  • Burn Injuries
  • Chemical Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Wrongful Death

A: Many offshore accidents lawsuits fall under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is an admiralty law that allows injured seaman to file a claim against their employers and recover compensation for injuries suffered while working aboard a vessel.

A: If you were involved in an oil rig accident you may be able to file a claim under the Jones Act. In order to file a Jones Act claim, you must qualify as a “seaman” under maritime law.

A: Under the Jones Act, the term “seaman” refers to a crew-member aboard a navigable vessel. More specifically, a seaman is a member of a vessel’s crew whose work contributes to the vessel’s mission. Additionally, a worker must spend 30% or more of their employment time aboard a vessel or fleet of vessels to be considered a seaman under the Jones Act.

A: Generally speaking, the Jones Act covers almost any type of vessel that is considered “in navigation”. To be considered in navigation, a vessel must be afloat, capable of moving and in operation on navigable waters. Therefore, most vessels can be covered under the Jones Act including:

  • Ships
  • Dredges
  • Tug Boats
  • Barges
  • Commercial Fishing Boats
  • Oil Drilling Rigs (certain types)

A: The amount of compensation that you can receive in an oil rig accident case depends on several different factors such as negligence, liable parties and the extent of injuries that you suffered. An experienced personal injury attorney will help you consider these and other factors that will affect your compensation.

A: Offshore accident cases can be very complex. Depending on the circumstances, some lawsuits can take as little as a few months or as long as several years. The attorneys at the Knoll Law Firm are dedicated to recovering maximum compensation for clients in the least amount of time. Contact us today.

SPEAK TO AN EXPERIENCED OFFSHORE ATTORNEY.

Our firm has handled a variety of claims for serious injuries or wrongful deaths that involve offshore or maritime litigation. Maritime laws can be complex, and require specialized assistance from an attorney with maritime personal injury experience. At the Knoll Law Firm, we have experience representing individuals and families who have suffered an offshore injury, and our extensive knowledge in admiralty and maritime law allows us to work with each client to make sure they receive the compensation they deserve.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury offshore, or just want to learn more, please contact us for a free consultation and let our family fight for yours.


OVER FIFTY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.

Eddie Knoll, Sr.
Jerold Edward Knoll, Sr.
Laura Knoll
Laura Bishop Knoll
Eddie Knoll, Jr.
Jerold Edward Knoll, Jr.
Sonny Knoll
Edmond H. Sonny Knoll

Whether your case is a class action suit or an accident claim, the experienced attorneys at the Knoll Law Firm can help. Since 1967, this firm has worked to provide legal solutions that benefit not only our clients, but also our community. Personal justice has always been at the heart of our practice. As a family firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with trust, integrity and superior legal representation, no matter the case.

Avoyelles Parish is not just where we work, it is also our home, and our clients are often our neighbors, so we have always kept a strong focus on protecting the rights of the individual. This makes personal injury an integral part of our practice here in Central Louisiana, and over the course of more than four decades, our experienced attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.

We know what it takes to win in the courtroom, and we want to put our family’s years of experience to work to fight for the rights of your family. Please take a moment to learn more about our areas of expertise by clicking on the links below:

PERSONAL INJURY & ACCIDENTS

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE & PHARMACEUTICAL LAW

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION LAW

CLASS ACTION LAW