Offshore InjuryBlog

Blog category: "Jones Act"

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Recently, two incidents involving storms and offshore work have grabbed headlines. The first incident occurred last fall when the Deepwater Asgard was left in the path of a hurricane despite pleas from the crew and warnings from weather experts. The incident was harrowing and resulted in an experience that some of the crew members will forever be traumatized by. The second incident resulted in ...
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Offshore Injuries, Jones Act
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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For centuries, injured seamen had one option after an injury at work: maintenance and cure . This maritime law requires no fault to be proven after an offshore accident for a worker to receive compensation. It only requires that a worker sustained their injuries on the vessel they're employed on or while performing the duties of their job. However, any payment an injured person receives for their ...
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Understanding how your nationality or the flag of your vessel can affect your ability to file an injury claim starts with understanding the Jones Act and why it was created. Accidents can and often do happen to fishermen, oil rig workers, cruise ship crew members, and other offshore workers. Yet, for many years, injured offshore workers couldn’t recover the compensation that they needed to recover ...
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Injured Drillship Worker Requires Compensation

Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Caj Boatright , Roland Christensen , Joseph McGowin , and Claire Traver are currently representing an Alabama man who was severely injured while working offshore. Our client was aboard a drillship in the Gulf of Mexico when he suffered debilitating harm because his employer failed to provide a safe workplace. Offshore work is inherently dangerous, and no worker should ...
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Maritime workers who suffer from a disability after an on-the-job injury or illness are fully protected under the law. It can be confusing to figure out how much compensation you can receive, how long you can receive it, and what your first steps should be. In some cases, disability benefits may be paid by or administered by your employer, and in other cases, a disabled offshore worker may need to ...
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In the past, we’ve discussed how commercial diving jobs such as underwater welding might be among some of the most dangerous in the offshore industry. However, it’s difficult to confirm this because the most recent data on commercial diving death rates covers 1997 to 1989. That data, released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that commercial divers had about five deaths each year. ...
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What is a 905(b) Claim?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides benefits for maritime workers injured on the job that are not covered under state workers’ compensation law and do not qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act . LHWCA is a federal statute similar to state workers’ compensation programs in that the LHWCA bars injured employees from filing a lawsuit against their employer. However, ...
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The Jones Act was made to protect offshore workers. It was passed in 1920 and is officially known as the Merchant Marine Act. This important law protects workers from preventable accidents by giving them the ability to hold responsible parties liable should one occur. Before the Jones Act, workers could only seek compensation for their immediate medical needs and their cost of living until maximum ...
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When Is Jones Act Coverage Required?

The maritime industry has one of the oldest laws designed to protect injured workers. The concept of maintenance and cure means that injured seamen must receive compensation for living costs (maintenance) and for medical care until they are healed as much as possible (cure). Notably, maintenance and cure doesn’t require either party to prove fault—it only requires the injured party to have been ...
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Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold , Caj Boatright , Roland Christensen , Joseph McGowin , and Claire Traver are seeking justice for a Jones Act seaman who died as a result of his employer’s failure to provide him with reasonable medical care. The company ignored the worker’s need for medical attention and died before his life could be saved. Offshore companies have a duty to take care of the ...
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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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Jones Act, Offshore Accidents
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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Maritime Law, Jones Act

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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