Baldwin, CleanBLAST, Maritime & Seaman

OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMBaldwin, CleanBLAST, Maritime & Seaman: A recent case in the Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Third Circuit ruled on an appeal of a Summary Judgment.

The Baldwin, CleanBLAST, Maritime & Seaman case documents what many workers on a vessel, helicopter, tugboat, ship, offshore, oil rig, oil platform, roustabouts and seaman may face today – an onshore injury, offshore injury or oil rig accident suffered while working on a ship or vessel, helicopter, oil rig, oil platform or offshore that may be a potential admiralty injury, Jones act injury & maritime injury case.  The Court ruled: reverse and remand.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • The plaintiff was assigned to the M/V Brody Paul to work as a sandblaster and painter on various rigs and platforms located in the navigable waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • After allegedly sustaining injuries in a fall, the plaintiff sought compensation pursuant to the Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. § 688, and general maritime law.
  • His employer filed a motion for summary judgment, seeking a determination that the plaintiff was not a seaman.
  • The plaintiff, Mark Baldwin, was an employee of CleanBlast, LLC, at the time of the alleged underlying, July 16, 2012 accident.
  • By the petition instituting this matter against CleanBlast, the plaintiff asserted that, in his capacity as a sandblaster/painter, he was assigned to the M/V Brody Paul, which was “working and operating in the navigable waters of the Gulf of Mexico.”
  • The plaintiff alleged that the accident occurred after he and the crew were instructed to blast risers owned by Tennessee Oil and Gas and were not provided with the proper equipment. In that attempt, the plaintiff stated, he “fell backward suffering severe and disabling injuries including, but not limited to, injuries to his back and neck.”

 To find out more on the case, see Case No. 14-1026 – February 4, 2015.


OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMHave you been injured in an offshore accident?  Offshore injury? 

If you have been injured while working as longshoremen, roughneck, roustabout, cruise ship employee, etc., the laws that govern the areas of navigation, shipping, and overseas injuries, known as maritime and admiralty laws, may protect you.

Individuals suffering a Maritime, Admiralty, Jones Act type personal injury (offshore injury, offshore accident, oil rig injury, oil rig accident or injured offshore) may be entitled to compensation in the form of maintenance payments, lost wages, monies for medical treatment and other damages. These are some of the jobs that may fall under maritime, Jones act or admiralty law:

  • Merchant Marine
  • Longshoremen
  • Cruise Ships
  • Ship Construction
  • River Boats
  • Tug Boats
  • Fish Processing
  • Commercial Underwater Divers
  • Oil Platform/Rig Workers/Roughnecks
  • Casino Boats
  • Helicopter

For more on admiralty, Jones act and maritime injury cases, please follow this link.


At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases. If you have been injured while out at sea, injured while on a boat, helicopter or vessel, working on an oil rig platform and are considered a seaman, and need an admiralty lawyer, Jones act lawyer or maritime lawyer to help you file an admiralty lawsuit, Jones act lawsuit or maritime lawsuit, please contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.