If you were a maritime worker injured in a Port of Iberia accident, you may be able to seek compensation under the Jones Act and other maritime laws for the losses caused by your injuries.
The Lambert Firm is here to protect your rights. Our team of highly experienced Port of Iberia accident attorneys will fight to get you every cent of compensation you are due after being injured in a Port of Iberia accident, including medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering and other damages. Contact the Lambert Firm to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case.
About The Port of Iberia
The Port of Iberia is one of Louisiana’s fastest growing inland ports, providing access to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Vermillion Bay and the Gulf of Mexico via the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel (AGMAC), as well as major ports in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Located a few miles south of New Iberia, LA in the Iberia Parish, the Port of Iberia is a sprawling 2,000 acre industrial and manufacturing site surrounding a man-made port complex that employs more than 5,000 workers. Other nearby communities include Emma, Duboin and Lydia.
More than 100 companies call the Port of Iberia home. Some of the names should be familiar to a Louisiana maritime worker; they include:
- Custom Compression Systems
- Parker Drilling
- Dynamic Industries
- The Bayou Companies, LLC
- Excalibur Minerals of Louisiana
- Cameron Process Systems
- Diamond B Marine Services
- Marine Industrial Fabrication
- Williamson Production Services
- Coastal Drilling
- SeaTran Marine LLC
- Frank’s International
- Nabors Offshore Drilling
- Wyatt Compressor Services
- Chart Industries
- All Points Equipment
- Gulf Central Shipyard
- C & S Safety Services
Some of the cargo moving through the Port of Iberia include: piping and other offshore oil industry equipment and supplies; agricultural products; aggregate materials such as crushed limestone and barite ore; raw materials such as steel and bulk concrete; and fabrication materials. In addition to the loading and unloading docks, there are also shipyards, manufacturing and fabrication facilities.Section Close DIV
Port of Iberia Seamen Accidents
Working on barges and vessels sailing the narrow channels of the Port of Iberia often puts deckhands, mates, pilots and barge Captains at risk of severe, even fatal injuries in accidents caused by:
- Collision with another barge or vessel;
- Collision with a bridge, dock or pier;
- Poorly maintained/defective equipment;
- Slips and trips;
- Improperly loaded cargoes;
- Unfamiliarity with the local navigational hazards;
- Lack of proper crew training;
- Impaired crew members;
- Falling overboard;
- Lack of safety equipment;
- Crew/passenger transfer mishaps;
- Fires and explosions;
- Snapbacks and other tow line accidents;
- Bad weather.
Injured Port of Iberia maritime workers are protected under the Jones Act and other maritime laws.VIEW THE FULL LIST OF COMMON MARITIME ACCIDENT INJURIES Section Close DIV
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Port of Iberia Longshoremen and Dockworker Accidents
Working on the Port of Iberia’s crowded, busy docks and piers can also expose longshoremen and dock workers to risk of injury from accidents caused by:
- Improperly operated cranes and forklifts
- Unsafe conveyor systems
- Improperly trained employees
- Lack of adequate safety equipment
- Fires and explosions
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Slips and trips
- Falling off the deck into the water
- Poorly maintained tools and equipment
- Impaired co-workers
- Being hit by falling objects
Injured Port of Iberia longshoremen and dock workers are protected by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and other maritime laws.Section Close DIV
Compensation for Port of Iberia Accidents
The Lambert Firm has been protecting the rights of maritime workers injured in the Port of Iberia and other nearby waterways for more than 40 years. Very few maritime accident injury law firms can match our vast legal knowledge, extensive litigation experience and record of success — we’ve earned more than a billion dollars in settlements for our clients over the years.
Compensation may include:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Over $1 Billion Recovered For Our Injured Clients
Frequently Asked Questions about Port of Iberia Maritime Injuries
Workers injured in Port of Iberia accidents usually have many questions. Look below for answers to the most frequently asked questions our maritime attorneys hear:
Our Port of Iberia accident attorneys represent clients on a contingency basis, meaning there are no up-front costs and we don’t get paid unless and until we win compensation for you.
If you’re a seaman, longshoreman or other maritime worker who has been injured in a Port of Iberia accident and are unsure of your rights or how to proceed after a maritime accident in the Port of Iberia, contact The Lambert Firm. Our Port of Iberia accident attorneys are eager to hear your story, answer any questions you may have and provide frank, professional advice about possible legal actions available to you. Don’t delay — statutes of limitation apply in maritime injury cases.
Several different laws may apply in port worker injury cases. Which ones will apply in your case depends on the nature of your employment. Some of the maritime laws that may apply include:
If an employer is “arbitrary and capricious” or “willful or callous” in delaying, denying or terminating maintenance and cure benefits, maritime law allows an injured Port of Iberia worker to take legal action that includes punitive damages and attorney’s fees.
The circumstances of each case are so different, it is impossible to give a good estimate of how long a case might take. In some cases, a case may be settled in only a few months. In other cases, it can take a year or longer.
Injured Port of Iberia workers are sometimes worried about being put on a “blacklist” if they pursue an accident case.
While we can’t say for sure whether any “list” is floating around among maritime employers, we strongly believe this should NOT be a factor in deciding whether to pursue a claim. Maritime workers, including workers in ports, on inland waterways and offshore, are protected by laws against blacklisting or otherwise retaliating against workers.