Worker's Compensation Attorney

Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
Jones Act Seamen

When an individual is injured while working, an employer must typically provide medical and wage benefits under Louisiana’s workers’ compensation laws. Many employers go out of their way to care for injured workers; however, employers’ insurance companies do not always demonstrate such compassion. Handling workers’ compensation claims in Louisiana requires an aggressive approach to ensure that injured workers do not go without a form of income and medical care for a sustained period.

The lawyers at the Offices of R. Scott Iles have assisted working people and their families maintain a revenue stream in the face of a workplace injury. Scott was a young lawyer when the Louisiana workers’ compensation system underwent a major overhaul and he is intimately familiar with the compensation laws and procedure. Scott strives to make sure injured workers receive the medical care they are entitled to receive in order to recover as well as possible. Additionally, our firm sees to it that wage benefits are initiated timely, and once in place, we make sure employers maintain the wage payments in accordance with the employee’s recovery period.

We do not charge a fee on workers’ compensation cases unless we obtain a fair settlement resolution for our clients. The lawyers at the Office of R. Scott Iles assesses each workers’ compensation claim with the goal of maximizing each injured worker’s physical recovery and ensuring that the financial recovery is consistent with the nature of the injury.

If you were injured while working and you need to discuss the circumstances of your claim, call the Offices of R. Scott Iles and schedule a consultation.

Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

For employees who work close to the water, or offshore, or in foreign countries for domestic employers, there is a federal remedy known as the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”). This federal workers’ compensation system requires a fact intensive determination that depends primarily on the employment location.

Longshoremen, stevedores, dock workers, and workers on fixed platforms are generally eligible for LHWCA benefits. There are substantial differences between Louisiana’s workers’ compensation system and the federal system. Additionally, there are similarities between a Jones Act claim and an LHWCA claim. Getting a longshore claim filed properly is essential when it comes to protecting the financial and medical concerns of injured workers. The lawyers at the Office of R. Scott Iles handle longshore claims regularly and know how to properly analyze complex claims in a timely fashion.

If you believe you are a longshoreman or harbor worker, call the attorneys at the Law Office of R. Scott Iles and set up a free consultation.

Jones Act Seamen

There is a federal law that provides offshore workers in specific circumstances a set of remedies that is unlike workers’ compensation. Crewmen on a vessel are given the opportunity to sue their employer for workplace injuries and broader civil damages if certain criteria are met. This employee is called a Jones Act seaman. Frequently, crewmen on a jack up rigs, semi submersible rigs, drilling barges, tug boats, supply vessels, and fishing vessels are classified as Jones Act seamen. This “seaman status” is afforded to workers who contribute to the mission of a vessel.

Determining whether or not a worker injured on a vessel is a Jones Act seaman is not always a simple process. Many offshore employers desire to avoid having employees classified as Jones Act seamen. The attorneys at the Law Office of R. Scott Iles have a strong understanding of this area of the law and have successfully handled many Jones Act claims.

If you were injured while working as a crewman on an offshore vessel, call the Law Offices of R. Scott Iles to discuss your claim and schedule a free consultation.