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Discrimination Against Maritime Employees

There is a high level of dedication and risk involved in the life of a seaman working on offshore excursions. As such, laws such as the Jones Act and the Merchant Marine Act have been created to protect the brave souls that honorably choose this lifestyle as a career. Unfortunately, as a result of the dangers involved in offshore accidents , it sometimes becomes necessary for a seaman to protect ...
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11 29

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Longshoreman Rights

Longshoreman Injuries: Know Your Rights!

Have you been injured in a work-related accident? Longshoremen are responsible for loading and unloading cargo from ships and other vessels. The nature of this work is full of potential mishaps. If your employer was reckless or negligent in upholding safety standards or regarding your welfare, you could be entitled to compensation. You should not be responsible for the medical bills that resulted ...
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11 24

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Classifications of Maritime Crewmembers

On vessels, seamen operate within different ranks. Offshore worker classifications help further the mission of the vessel by giving crewmembers specific duties and responsibilities. Crewmembers are primarily placed into four different departments: the deck department, the engineering department, the steward's department, and other. Below, we explain the classification of crewmembers within each ...
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11 23

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One of the most overlooked dangers for maritime workers is actually one they face at the beginning of their hitch : boarding the vessel. The transferring of personnel to and from a vessel while at sea can be hazardous, especially when handled incorrectly. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) states that before a personnel transfer occurs, all parties involved should be briefed ...
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Liability of a Negligent Ship Captain

Tragedies at sea over the last few years have shed light on a recurring problem: captain negligence and the disaster that can result. From ferries to cruise ships, captain negligence can cost the lives of passengers. Capsized South Korean Ferry On April 16, 2015, a South Korean ferry capsized—leaving more than 300 people dead or missing, many of whom were school children. It was found that the ...
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11 14

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Case Filed for Louisiana Barge Worker

Vessel owners are responsible for ensuring that their boats, barges, or rigs are seaworthy and safe work environments. That means when they’re not—and someone is hurt as a result—they’re liable to pay for that worker’s medical care and other costs associated with the injury. When negligence is involved in these cases (and that’s too often the case) workers are entitled to other forms of ...
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11 14

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Jones Act Suit Filed for Injured Seaman

The Jones Act is a law that allows injured seamen to seek compensation from their employers when negligence causes severe or long-term injuries. Passed in 1920, the Jones Act is a rare type of law that is as relevant today as when it was passed. Our most recent case is a Jones Act claim on behalf of a seamen who was injured by negligent safety standards. Our client was a worker on a crew boat when ...
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Dustin was preparing himself for a risky workday. As a former Marine, he was no stranger to risky workdays—he enlisted in 2004, during the height of the conflict in the Middle East. He completed two tours, fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and came away largely unscathed. As unscathed as any Marine who’s seen combat can be, anyway. Still, today felt different. The 28-year-old worker would be ...
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