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Southeast Louisiana Maritime Attorney

Litigation Services for Clients throughout South Louisiana

Altogether, attorney Kenneth Jacques offers more than 40 years of maritime injury litigation experience, making him one of the most experienced Maritime and Jones Act attorneys serving South Louisiana.

While attending Loyola Law School in New Orleans, Mr. Jacques worked summers as a deckhand/ordinary seaman on cargo vessels and was a member of the Seafarers International Union (SIU). He actually received maintenance and cure as a result of working onboard a seagoing vessel and therefore has personal knowledge of what it means to have a maintenance and cure claim as a result of an onboard injury. He began his career as a maritime/admiralty lawyer in 1971 in the admiralty law section of one of New Orleans' largest litigation firms, Chaffe, McCall, Phillips, Toler & Sarpy.

For the first 13 years of his legal career, Mr. Jacques practiced primarily in the area of maritime/admiralty law, representing P&I Clubs (insurance companies) that insured the majority of vessels calling on the Port of New Orleans. These cases involved personal injuries to seamen, collisions to vessels on the Mississippi River and cargo and dock damage. In 1983, he opened his solo practice law firm with a commitment to use his experience and knowledge to provide strong, effective advocacy exclusively for injured seamen and offshore workers.

More than 40 Years of Maritime and Workplace Injury Litigation Experience

Over the years, Mr. Jacques has relied on litigation experience to extend services into the areas of Louisiana workers' compensation in representing cases for injured seamen and offshore workers in maritime cases and Jones Act claims cases and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims for people injured on the job in South Louisiana, as well as general personal injury litigation for victims of negligence on land and on water.

U.S. maritime law allows injured seamen, including oilfield hands such as roughnecks and roustabouts working on semi-submersibles, drilling rigs, jack-up rigs and inland barges, as well as commercial fishermen and oilfield divers to sue their negligent employers for workplace accidents occurring in the Gulf or inland waters of Louisiana. Injured oilfield and maritime workers fall under Louisiana State Compensation Act, the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and/or Jones Act. In addition to being entitled to State or Federal Compensation benefits when injured on the job for any reason, oilfield workers may also be able to seek general damages against their negligent employers or third parties for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life and past and future wage loss — and this is where Mr. Jacques' in-depth knowledge of insurance defense strategies and case law plays an important role.

Please learn more about his experience at the firm's Representative Cases page.

Definition of Jones Act

What is Jones Act?

The Jones Act is a federal law which allows a worker to sue his employer for negligence. For instance, under the Jones Act, an employer has a duty to provide its employees with a safe place to work. So, if a worker is injured, because his employer failed to furnish a safe workplace, the worker may be able to recover such damages as described below.

Typically, the injured oilfield worker has at least two other claims which he can make with his Jones Act claim: namely, that his injury was caused by the unseaworthiness of the drilling rig on which he was working at the time of his injury, and, further, that he is entitled to maintenance and cure.

How does the Jones Act differ from workers' comp?

The Jones Act provides a much broader remedy for maritime workers injured through the fault of another. Most workers' compensation laws seriously limit the benefits available to the injured worker. However, under the Jones Act, an injured maritime worker can recover all of the damages traditionally associated with a lawsuit for personal injuries as is discussed in more detail below.

What damages can an injured maritime worker recover under the Jones Act?

Under the Jones Act, an injured worker can recover damages for:

  • Physical pain and suffering, past, present and future;
  • Mental pain and suffering, past, present and future;
  • Past and permanent future disability including, scarring and disfigurement;
  • Loss of past and future wages;
  • Hospital and medical expenses;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.

Definition of Maritime Law Maintenance and Cure

Under U.S. maritime law, injured seamen have the right to maintenance and cure if they become ill or are injured on the job. Maintenance refers to daily living expenses, including food, rent and utilities. Cure refers to a worker's costs for medical treatment related to the injury or illness and reimburses the injured worker for out-of-pocket medical expenses. A primary benefit of cure is that injured maritime workers are entitled to seek medical care from their own doctor, rather than a health care provider chosen by the employer or its insurance company.

Free Consultation · Contingency-Based Fees for Service

From wherever you are in South Louisiana, call 504-524-1954 or contact the firm by email to schedule a consultation with an experienced New Iberia maritime lawyer. Mr. Jacques offers a free case evaluation and will personally answer all of your questions about pursuing damages for your injuries. If you hire him as your lawyer, you will pay no out-of-pocket expenses. The law firm will cover the cost of all investigation, case preparation and negotiations and trial, if court trial becomes necessary. The firm recovers fees and costs as a percentage of the money damages you recover in a settlement or jury verdict.

Wherever you live or work in South Louisiana, call The Law Offices of Kenneth W Jacques to discuss your litigation needs in any of the following areas:

  • Maritime injury and wrongful death: Aggressive, effective representation for injured workers covered under the Jones Act of U.S. maritime law
  • Louisiana workers' compensation: Initial claims and denied claims appeals for injured workers in any industry
  • Offshore oil platform and oil rig injuries and wrongful death: Extensive experience helping injured oil and gas workers receive full and fair compensation for their workplace injuries
  • Personal injury: If you were injured in a car accident, a slip-and-fall accident or any type of accident caused by another party's negligence, Mr. Jacques is ready to help you get a full and fair settlement from the insurance company.

South Louisiana Oil Rig Accident Lawyer • South Louisiana Maritime Injury Attorney

Call 504-524-1954 or contact the firm by email for a free consultation. Office hours are generally 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and he is available for weekend and evening consultations by special arrangement. Call anytime to leave a message on the answering service. Mr. Jacques will respond as quickly as possible. If your injuries don't allow you to visit the office in New Orleans, he can make arrangements to meet you at your home or hospital room.

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The Law Offices of Kenneth W Jacques
P.O. Box 791897
New Orleans, LA 70179
Phone: 504-524-1954
Fax: 504-529-1782
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