Whether you need an offshore injury lawyer or a knowledgeable team of maritime attorneys, we have the experience to handle your matter.
At Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, we handle a wide range of maritime, or admiralty law matters. Ship collisions, drill barge mishaps, cruise ship injuries to passengers and crew, helicopter crashes and injuries aboard fishing vessels, shrimp boats, tugs, barges and on stationary platforms offshore, are tragically frequent, but understandable, considering the amount of maritime activity on the Mississippi River, in the Port of New Orleans, in the Gulf of Mexico, and on the Outer Continental Shelf. With Louisiana's numerous lakes, rivers and streams, fishing, jet skiing and just cruising in an outboard motor boat, sailboat or yacht are very popular. So is going to our areas' floating casinos. Unfortunately, these activities can be dangerous, and resulting in injuries and even deaths. Work done by ship's crew members (deckhands, mates, officers and even the captain), longshoremen, harbor workers, drilling rig crew (such as roustabouts), floorhands, derrickmen, drillers. toolpushers, pilots, custom inspectors, and those involved in grain loading, towing and fleeting operations is simply hazardous. It causes injuries to the spine, limbs, nerves and brain as well as burns and industrial diseases like mesothelioma that can be catastrophic. On a navigable waterway, in port or at sea, our lawyers, collectively, have over 100 years of success handling cases involving these kinds of activities and injuries, which are governed by admiralty and general maritime law. A number of our cases have made or changed maritime law as a result of our innovative lawyering. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation regarding your maritime law situation.
Our lawyers frequently lecture at law schools and legal seminars on maritime topics such as "Who is a Seaman?", "What is a Vessel?" and "Availability of Maritime Remedies including the Jones Act." We have authored and presented over 100 scholarly papers to lawyers and judges and we have had articles published in the Tulane Law Review and in the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce. Our lawyers have chaired the Admiralty Sections of the Louisiana Association of Justice (LAJ) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). We are members of the Maritime Law Association. One of our partners served as a member of the Planning Committee of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute (ALI) for many years and also appeared on several ALI programs. Three of our attorneys are Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers and one is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. All of our partners have received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible, and our firm is listed in that firm's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. A partner has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of maritime law, personal injury law and professional negligence for over twenty years. Our lawyers have had a role in virtually every important maritime case in the last thirty five years – including those that defined the requirements for a person and a vessel to be governed by the Jones Act, those which determined what elements of damage are recoverable under the general maritime law and whether or not punitive damages could be recovered by a seaman, whose employer failed to provide maintenance and cure. But, our proudest accomplishments come from seeing our clients properly compensated as a result of our legal knowledge, diligent preparation, professionalism and skilled advocacy. Our lawyers try cases. Lawyers often refer maritime, personal injury and wrongful death cases to us, often repeatedly, a very high compliment.