Barron, B.P. America, Offshore injury, Jones Act & Seaman

OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMBarron, B.P. America, Jones Act & Seaman: A recent case in the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit ruled on a summary judgment motion.

The Barron, B.P. America, Jones Act & Seaman case documents what many workers on a vessel, offshore, oil rig, oil platform, roustabouts and seaman may face today – an offshore injury or oil rig accident suffered while working on a ship or vessel, oil rig, oil platform or offshore that may be a potential admiralty injury, Jones act injury & maritime injury case.

To find out more on the case, see Case No. 14-60066 – October 1, 2014.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • Barron filed suit in federal district court on June 7, 2012, bringing claims under the Jones Act and general maritime law against BP, which his complaint identified “as the owner pro hac vice of the Big Wave” and his “Jones Act employer on the date of the accident.”
  • On July 12, 2010, Barron was injured while working on the Big Wave, a vessel owned by John Fraleigh.
  • The Big Wave was performing monitoring and cleanup work as part of BP’s Vessels of Opportunity (“VoO”) Program when Barron suffered his injuries.
  • Specifically, Barron alleges that the vessel was transiting the Mississippi Sound from Cat Island, where it was inspecting beaches, to Bayou Caddy when he was thrown from his seat due to the Big Wave‘s excessive speed.
  • Barron suffered vertebral burst fractures in his spine.


Have you been injured in an offshore accident? If you have been injured while working as longshoremen, roughneck, 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, 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

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

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