Find a Boating Accident Attorney Familiar with the Complexities of Maritime Law

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, the team at the Law Offices of Richard. R. Kennedy can help. We will review the various factors that may affect your case, including the driver and vessel involved. Then we will fight to get you the financial compensation you need to cover your losses. Boating accidents are regulated by special maritime law, including the Jones Act. Therefore, you need a boating accident attorney in the Lafayette, LA, area who is familiar with these regulations. Our lawyers have handled maritime injury cases for many years. Therefore, they can provide experienced and assertive legal representation.

Commercial and recreational boating is a busy year-round activity in Louisiana. Unfortunately, boating accidents can cause serious or even fatal injuries.

Types of Boating Accidents

At the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy, we take on all types of boating accident cases. If you have experienced any of the following incidents, we may be able to assist you:

  • Recreational boating accident
  • Commercial fishing boat accident
  • Shrimp boat accident
  • An accident in oyster collections or operations
  • An accident involving a push boat, tug boat, barge, or other type of commercial watercraft
  • An accident during transfer of cargo

These disasters can occur for a variety of reasons. In the case of recreational accidents, operator error or recklessness is often to blame.  Alcohol often plays a role, as well. Commercial accident cases can be a bit more complex because there are a number of parties who may be partially to blame. Unsafe working conditions, poorly maintained vessels, and operator error can all contribute to an incident.

Special Laws Regulating Boating Accidents

Boating accident cases are different from other types of personal injury lawsuits because they fall under maritime law. Also known as admiralty law, these regulations will often affect who has jurisdiction over your case. For example, boating accident lawsuits will sometimes go to federal court, rather than to a state court. 

Many attorneys do not have the necessary experience to handle boating accident cases. At the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy, such lawsuits have been a key part of our practice for almost fifty years.

If the incident occurred while you were at work, the Jones Act may come into play. This particular maritime law allows seamen to sue their employers if they are injured on the job. Unlike most land-based workers, as a seaman, you are not typically eligible for worker’s compensation. The Jones Act will allow you to obtain the funds you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, support for dependents, and other expenses.

Why Choose Us for Your Boating Accident Lawsuit?

Many attorneys do not have the necessary experience to handle boating accident cases. At the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy, such lawsuits have been a key part of our practice for almost fifty years. Our attorneys understand the complexities of maritime law. They will investigate every circumstance of your accident to obtain the compensation that you deserve. At the same time, they understand that you may be suffering tremendous physical and emotional pain. Therefore, they will provide you with personalized and compassionate care. They will keep you fully informed about all aspects of your case.  You can even talk to a member of our team on evenings, weekends, and holidays.  

Contact Our Firm Today

If you are the victim of a boating accident, we will work tirelessly to help you build a strong case. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and to get started on the path to the justice you deserve.