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Blog category: "Longshoreman Rights"

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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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Longshoreman Rights, News
An accident at the Port of Los Angeles has killed one worker and severely injured another. The industrial accident occurred early Wednesday morning at Fenix Marine Services on Pier 300. Initial reports indicate that a top loader container handler caused the deadly accident. The injured worker received treatment for injuries at UCLA Medical Center, and their current condition is unknown. ...
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When an individual is injured in a maritime accident, they may be able to file a claim for their medical costs, lost wages, and living expenses during recovery. However, depending on the specific details of your case, you may have limited time to do so—this is known as the statute of limitations. In cases that fall under offshore and maritime law, the Uniform Statute of Limitations for Maritime ...
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Seafood is enjoyed by diners across the globe, offering nutrition and flavor. The way seafood is prepared is as varied as the species that live in the ocean. The most popular way we eat seafood is raw, baked, fried, or boiled. Per capita, humankind eats 20kg of fish per year. Worldwide, the aquaculture industry produced 74 million tons of seafood! Given how much seafood we consume, our oceanic ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a case involving a longshoreman who was struck by falling cargo and equipment at the Chalmette Midstream Buoys during a cargo unloading operation. The incident occurred when the main crane cable aboard the M/V Unison Power, a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier failed. As a result of the incident, the man sustained injuries to his back, neck, groin, and other parts of ...
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Longshoreman Rights

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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Southeastern Louisiana is home to one of the largest and perhaps most recognizable ports in the United States. The Port of New Orleans sits on the end of the Mississippi just 100 miles from where the river meets the Gulf of Mexico, making it a massively valuable and high volume port. The city itself thrives on both its maritime history and current industry and even includes a famous riverwalk ...
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Ports Along the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is one of the largest rivers in the world and home to many diverse habitats. The river stretches approximately 3,710 miles over North America and is only smaller than the Yangtze River (3,964 miles), the Amazon River (4,000 miles), and the Nile River (4,160 miles). Such an enormous natural resource is utilized by 41 ports and harbors stretching from Minnesota through ...
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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 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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Congress approved the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Clarification Act on July 29, 2014 in an effort to elaborate on insurance coverage for employees who work in the recreational vessel repair industry. The legislation clarifies what is considered a "recreational vessel," helping business owners and employers to determine whether they should provide general state workers compensation or ...
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Longshoreman Rights

Types of Longshoreman Jobs

There are approximately 360 commercial sea ports scattered across the shores of the United States that are responsible for handling more than 99% of U.S. cargo by volume every year. These ports serve as essential doorways that provide access to international import and export efforts by way of sea, as well as any recreational marine travel. It would be difficult to accurately state just how ...
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Longshoreman Rights
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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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin are representing longshoreman who was involved in a slip and fall accident, resulting in severe injuries. The plaintiff suffered from fractured bones in his wrist and his ankle, as well as numerous other injuries, after falling over 20 feet from the vessel's deck.The conditions on the vessel were extremely slippery; and ...
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