Dufrene, Guidry Brothers, Jones Act & Seaman

Dufrene, Guidry Brothers, Jones Act & Seaman: A recent case in the Court of Appeals Louisiana, Fourth Circuit ruled on appeal of a trial court verdict.

The Dufrene, Guidry Brothers, Jones Act & Seaman is about a seaman that alleges a hearing loss injury as a result of his work as a seaman on on an offshore vessel owned by Harvey Gulf.

A brief summary of the Dufrene, Guidry Brothers, Jones Act & Seaman case:

  1. From March 1977 until 2010, Larry Dufrene was employed by Harvey Gulf (formerly Guidry Brothers Towing) as a Jones Act seaman.
  2. During this time, he experienced significant hearing loss while employed as a seaman aboard numerous vessels
  3. Plaintiff brings these claims within three years of becoming aware of sufficient facts to establish a reasonable belief that he had a cause of action for hearing loss due to significant exposures to loud and continuous noise while in the course and scope of his employment with this defendant.
  4. The Court ruled: Affirmed.
  5. To find out more on the Philip, Hornbeck, Jones Act & Seaman case, see Case No. 2014-Ca-0420 – March 11, 2015.  


Have 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, mesothelioma) 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
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  • Cruise Ships
  • Ship Construction
  • River Boats
  • Tug Boats
  • Fish Processing
  • Commercial Underwater Divers
  • Oil Platform/Rig Workers/Roughnecks
  • Casino Boats
  • Helicopter
  • Barge

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