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Romero, Y&S Marine, Jones Act & Seaman

ADMIRALTY, JONES ACT & MARITIMERomero, Y&S Marine, Jones Act & Seaman: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a summary judgment motion.

The Romero, Y&S Marine, Jones Act & Seaman case documents what many workers on a vessel, tugboat, ship, 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.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • Todd Romero filed suit against defendants Y & S Marine and Helis Oil and Gas Company, LLC to recover damages from injuries suffered during an accident occurring on February 3, 2013 while Romero was transferring from a vessel (the M/V SUNDOWNER) owned by Y & S Marine to an oil platform (WBB Well 71) owned by Helis.
  • Helis has moved for summary judgment and points to section 1061 of the Louisiana Workers Compensation Act that covers independent contractors. Under this law, a general contractor who contracts out the whole or any part of the work to a subcontractor becomes the statutory employer of the subcontractor and is thus granted the exclusive remedy protections afforded by workers compensation law. 

To find out more on the case, see Case No. 13-4873 – July 2, 2014.


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, 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 admiralty 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.