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In 2017, the Jones Act received criticism for how it affected the people of Puerto Rico. After the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the people of Puerto Rico had no power, no infrastructure, destroyed homes, and ruined agriculture. Critics of the Jones Act pointed out that the Jones Act wasn’t being helpful for recovery efforts for Puerto Rico. Specifically, they said that the law made it ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorney Roland Christensen filed suit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman from Harris County, Texas. Our client was seriously injured after he slipped and fell on a slick surface while performing the duties of his job. His employer failed to provide a safe workplace, and our client is now suffering from injuries that should have never happened. Under the Jones Act, vessel owners are ...
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Are Riverboat Casinos Jones Act Vessels?

While Louisiana’s offshore industry is known thanks to the state’s oil industry, not every Louisianan offshore worker is on an oil rig. In fact, many residents of Louisiana are employed on one of the state’s many riverboat casinos. While oil rigs workers have been able to make Jones Act claims after an offshore accident , it hasn’t always been clear if riverboat casino workers can do the same. ...
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Case Filed for Injured Fisherman

Arnold & Itkin’s Jones Act lawyers are currently representing a fisherman who sustained injuries while performing the duties of his job. The fisherman was forced to perform dangerous tasks on rough seas with an inexperienced crew. Our client’s employer failed to provide the foundations of a safe work environment, and he is now unfairly suffering because of this. Too often, we see Gulf Coast ...
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When Is a Vessel Unseaworthy?

One of the cornerstones of maritime law involves determining the seaworthiness of a vessel. Seaworthiness describes a vessel’s condition and whether it is in the proper condition to safely operate on open water. When a vessel is unseaworthy, it can place the safety of everyone on board and can cause serious injuries or death. Knowing if a vessel was seaworthy during an accident can help an injured ...
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Jones Act
The Jones Act is one of the most important laws for offshore workers. It provides them with the ability to pursue compensation after sustaining injuries caused by an employer’s negligence. One of the most important aspects of a Jones Act claim is understanding how one works. Doing so will help you make the right decisions to strengthen your claim and help you obtain the compensation that you need. ...
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Case Filed for Injured Transocean Worker

Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a case for a Jones Act seaman. Our client sustained severe injuries while he was working offshore on a Transocean drillship. The worker was performing the duty of his job in heavy seas when the rough waters caused him to fall down a flight of stairs. Our client is now suffering from injuries to his back, head, and ...
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Many focus on some of the more well-known industries in the offshore industry. Oil and gas jobs, fishing, and other maritime work are among the first industries that come to mind. However, maritime construction is an offshore job that has the dangers associated with construction combined with the risks of offshore work. Marine construction jobs include: Offshore oil rig construction Dredge work ...
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Are Jones Act Claims Possible After Assault?

Most people associate the Jones Act with hazardous conditions and accidents that injure seamen. For decades, the Jones Act has held employers accountable for failing to provide a safe work environment. While the Jones Act covers accidents like falls, explosions, toxic exposure, and other dangerous situations, many offshore workers don’t realize they might be able to recover damages after being ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis are currently representing a Jones Act seaman. He sustained serious injuries while loading a vessel at a shipyard. Our client’s injuries occurred because his employer required him to lift heavy material across an unsafe grating. This hazardous situation caused the seaman to injure his neck, back, and legs, ...
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Arnold & Itkin is currently representing a Jones Act seaman suffering because of the negligence of his employer. Our client developed a serious medical condition that required immediate treatment. However, his employer failed to evacuate him from the vessel he was working on promptly. Because of this delay in treatment, our client suffered catastrophic injuries to his lower extremities. He’s had ...
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Offshore Accidents, Jones Act
The Jones Act , also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, was created to hold negligent employers accountable and protect the lives of offshore workers. Under the Jones Act, seamen receive protections for their health and livelihood. The law allows them to file a lawsuit when a crew member’s or shipowner’s negligence causes injury or death. The Jones Act applies if: A person was injured while ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis filed suit on November 8, 2019 in Harris County, Texas for a Jones Act seaman who was severely injured when he was operating a vessel on inland waters in Tennessee. He was injured when the river overcame the vessel, causing it to crash into a bank. As a result, our client suffered severe injuries to his back, neck ...
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Common Sources of Shipyard Injuries

While maritime jobs such as offshore drilling have a reputation for being dangerous, many overlook the dangers associated with shipyard work. Shipyard workers weld, plumb, machine, use rigging, and work with a variety of chemicals. These facts make shipyard work one of the most dangerous professions in the maritime industry. Understanding the common shipyard dangers can help companies protect ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Injured Tugboat Worker

Arnold & Itkin is currently representing a man who lives in Alpha, Florida. He sustained injuries while working on a tugboat in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Our client slipped and fell while on the vessel, causing severe injuries to his knee. The accident occurred because his employer failed to maintain safe working conditions on the boat. Our client’s employers had a responsibility to ensure that ...
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Are Offshore Rigs Jones Act Vessels?

Before 2005, a Jones Act vessel had a narrow definition. Since the enactment of the Jones Act in 1920, most courts allowed Jones Act claims for more traditional vessels, or what most people would call ships. However, as offshore drilling technology transformed, so did the appearance of offshore drilling rigs. By 1949, offshore drilling rigs began to resemble the behemoths they would become today. ...
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Jones Act, Longshoreman Rights
Unlike any other workplace on land, offshore workers are not protected by workers' compensation if they're injured on the job. Workers on offshore vessels have protections under a century-old law known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. Like workers' compensation programs, the Jones Act provides offshore workers with relief after an injury. However, the similarities ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Caj Boatright , Roland Christensen , and Alison Baimbridge recently filed a lawsuit against two major companies that operate offshore. Our lawyers filed this case on behalf of a Jones Act seaman for injuries he sustained while lifting extremely heavy canisters aboard a drilling ship. Vessel owners must protect their workers and ensure that they have the ...
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Arnold & Itkin recently filed a case on behalf of a man who suffered severe injuries while working on a boat. His injuries were caused by a collision with another vessel on March 8, 2019. Our client, a tankerman and former naval officer, sustained injuries to his head, neck, shoulder and other parts of his body when the collision occurred. Head , neck, and shoulder injuries are frequently ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Injured Jones Act Seaman

Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis recently filed a lawsuit against an offshore drilling company on behalf of a young Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured aboard a drillship. Our client was working on the drillship when another worker kicked a pipe, causing it to roll onto our client’s leg, shattering it. Our client was forced to seek ...
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Arnold & Itkin filed suit in Dutchess County, New York on behalf of a Jones Act seaman injured on the Hudson River. The employer responsible for the work accident refused to provide our client access to the medical treatment he needs for his injuries. It is the employers’ responsibility to ensure that he receives the medical treatment and compensation he needs. Under the Jones Act, employers are ...
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Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Kyle Findley , Kala Sellers , and Adam Lewis filed suit today against an offshore drilling company on behalf of a Jones Act seaman who was seriously injured when he was attacked by a coworker. Our client was struck in the face with a pole by a co-worker who lost his temper without reason. To compound matters, the defendant company conducted an inadequate investigation ...
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How the Jones Act Affects the US Navy

Since 1920, the Merchant Marine Act has served to protect workers on vessels traveling between American ports. Also known as the Jones Act, it provides protections to Americans working on ships normally provided to US workers on land. As a whole, the law was designed to bolster American trade. Besides protecting offshore workers from employer negligence, this law introduced several restrictions on ...
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Case Filed on Behalf of Seaman Injured on Tug

The offshore injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP have recently filed suit against Savage Inland Marine LLC on behalf of a Jones Act seaman. The worker suffered personal injuries while he was fulfilling his duties as directed aboard a tug known as Savage Mentor. Here, the seaman was exposed to abundant amounts of mold, making the Savage Mentor unseaworthy . Because of his exposure to mold, the ...
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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Injured Tankerman

The Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Texas tankerman who was injured while working on a tugboat. The seaman collapsed from heatstroke brought on by working in a harsh and unsafe environment. He lost consciousness, hurt his neck, and sustained a traumatic brain injury due to his fall. Offshore work is a dangerous occupation as it is; it is essential ...
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