Working offshore in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico as a seaman, engineer, sailor, or crewmember can be very rewarding. However, it can also be fairly dangerous. So if an accident occurs, you need the right group of lawyers to help get what you deserve.

The Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Mansfield Melancon help people injured in a wide range of offshore accidents focus on recovery and obtain the full amount of compensation available to them under the law. That includes money for medical expenses, pain and suffering, missed wages, and other consequences of an accident. Our firm also has a strong track record of successful results for people injured offshore and in other situations.

We take pride in having a personalized approach to legal representation, making ourselves directly available to clients, and taking the time to understand their unique individual needs. Don't worry about navigating a maze of administrative assistants and paralegals in order to speak with an offshore accident attorney at our firm.

Common Offshore Accidents and Injuries

Offshore accidents, like those on oil platforms away from dry land, come in many varieties. Oftentimes, these platforms can be particularly hazardous. This is because of the nature of the work and the long distances that may need to be traveled in order to get adequate medical care.

Some of the most common offshore accidents include:

  • Slips and falls
  • Falling objects
  • Waterblasting incidents
  • Welding fume exposure
  • Vehicle and other collisions
  • Explosions
  • Chemical exposure

These and other offshore accidents can cause a number of injuries ranging from relatively minor to catastrophic and even fatal. Common injuries include:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Burns
  • Eye damage
  • Knee and ankle impairments
  • Amputations
  • Head injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spine injuries

At Mansfield Melancon, we understand that offshore accidents can cause not only physical pain but mental and emotional suffering. Our lawyers help clients focus on their recuperation with the peace of mind they need.

Additionally, a number of offshore workers have also reported being victimized by physical and sexual assaults while working on rigs. Although these situations do not qualify as accidents, our lawyers are committed to helping ensure that assaulters are made fully accountable for their actions.

Compensation for Offshore Injuries

Workers on stationary offshore oil rigs and natural gas wells are typically eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for injuries on the job. Others, including those working on boats, may be covered by specific laws covering longshore and harbor workers.

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance in which an employer pays into the system and makes benefits available for employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. Those benefits include compensation for current and future medical bills, as well as missed wages.

The Jones Act and the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act are the primary sources of protection for seamen and others injured while working on the “navigable waters of the United States.” That includes workers on mobile oil extraction vehicles, like drillships and jack-up rigs.

The Jones Act entitles maritime workers to certain medical benefits for any injury or illness sustained while working aboard a ship, regardless of who is to blame. The federal law also permits covered workers to seek compensation for missed wages, future medical expenses, reductions in earning capacity and pain, suffering, and emotional distress, in certain situations.

The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act offers similar compensation for workers who load and unload cargo. Compensation for missed wages is based largely on the nature of the injury and the amount of money that the person was making at the time of the accident.

What to Do If You've Been Injured

If you have recently suffered an injury while working offshore, you should seek the counsel and advice of an experienced offshore accident attorney as soon as possible. Because big companies and corporations tend to be backed by powerful legal teams and insurance companies, it would be extremely difficult for you to face them on your own. The good news is our attorneys are equipped to work on your behalf. We will do everything we can to help you receive the compensation you need to cover your pain and suffering, medical care, and lost wages.


If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident offshore, the offshore accident attorneys at Mansfield Melancon can help. We are committed to guiding the people whom we represent through the legal process with experience and personal attention.

Our firm also has a strong track record of getting optimal results for our clients.

Our offices are conveniently located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a Louisiana personal injury lawyer. You can reach us at our New Orleans location at 504-500-1108, our Baton Rouge location at 225-612-0800, or our Lafayette location at 337-409-0003.