LeBlanc, Panther Helicopters, Jones Act & Seaman

Fotosearch_k9174474LeBlanc, Panther Helicopters, Jones Act & Seaman: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a Joint Motion to Strike Jury Demands.

The LeBlanc, Panther Helicopters, Jones Act & 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: the motion is DENIED.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • This litigation derives from a helicopter crash that occurred on October 9, 2013, as the helicopter departed from a oil rig platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The pilot, Patrick R. Becnel, Sr., was killed in the crash.
  • LeBlanc, Johnson, and Miller, who were also aboard the helicopter at that time, suffered various injuries.

 To find out more on the case, see Case Nos. 14-1617, No. c/w 14-1772., 14-1791, 14-1875, 14-2326 – January 26, 2015.


OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMHave 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, 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

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 on a boat 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.