Attorney Richard Serpe
Maritime Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained Proctor in Admiralty (the highest ranking) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to sailors who were injured while performing their duties.
Louisiana Maritime Accidents
Earning a living on, or near, the ocean is a dangerous business. This is especially true in Louisiana where the Mississippi River, Intracoastal Waterway, and Gulf are heavily used by commercial ships and vessels, increasing the likelihood of accidents and collisions.
Whether its caused by the sheer unpredictably of the ocean, faulty equipment, negligent coworkers, etc., if you are injured you may want to contact an experienced Maritime and Jones Act attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
Jones Act: Injuries Due to Negligence
The Jones Act allows for workers to bring suit for the recovery of damages in the event that the accident occurred due to negligence or incompetence.
If the shipowner, captain, or other member of the crew was negligent or incompetent, or if the vessel was poorly maintained, not seaworthy or unfit for its intended purpose, you have every right to bring those responsible to account for their actions.
You are allowed to file suit to recover future economic loss, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, loss of capacity to enjoy life, loss of the ability to maintain a household, and other damages.
Louisiana Maritime Industry
Reportedly, the Louisiana maritime industry leads the United States in domestic maritime employment. According to 2014 statistics, 1 in 83 jobs in Louisiana are connected to the maritime industry in some way, which is two times that of any other state.
Louisiana’s maritime employment includes shipyards, marine terminals, vessel operators, bulk cargo, tugboats, towboats, barges, commercial fishing, and much more– maritime workers serve an important role in the community.
“Louisiana is critical to our nation’s domestic maritime industry because of its proximity to the lower Mississippi River, which connects 31 states through a critical 14,500-mile system of inland waterways. Tugboats play an important role in this vast port network, safely escorting and maneuvering large container, tanker, and bulk cargo ships in Louisiana waters, as do towboats and barges which move millions of barrels of petroleum products every month,” said Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of the American Waterways Operators.
According to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, Louisiana’s fishing industry catches approximately 25% of all seafood landed in the United States. Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry also hold the recorded for the largest catch ever landed in a single year.
Maritime Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe
Richard Serpe obtained an advanced degree in Maritime law from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana after receiving his law degree from Tulane. He is also licensed to practice law in the state of Louisiana. He has helped victims of Maritime accidents for over 29 years. If you would like to setup a free consultation (no obligation) to speak with Richard Serpe, contact us at 877-544-5323.
Notable ports in Louisiana include: Port of New Orleans, Port of South Louisiana, Port of Baton Rouge, Port of Shreveport – Bossier, Red River Port, Natchitoches Parish Port, Port of Krotz Springs, Port of Lake Charles, West Calcasieu Port, Abbeville Harbor & Terminal, Port of Iberia, Port of West St. Mary, Morgan City Harbor & Terminal, Terrebonne Port, LA Millennium Port Authority, Port Fourchon, Jefferson Parish Port, Plaquemines Parish Port, St. Bernard Port, St. Bernard Port, Alexandria Port, Vidalia Port, Columbia Port, Madison Port, Greater Ouachita Port, Lake Providence Port.