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Blog category: "Maritime Law"

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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May 22 Is National Maritime Day

Ever since 1607, the destiny of the United States has largely been decided on the seas. Of the original 13 colonies, 12 sat on the Atlantic coast, making each colony a seafaring state to varying degrees. Some of our nation’s greatest advancements depended on our ability to travel across the ocean—from our ability to trade with Britain, to our involvement in the World Wars hundreds of years later. ...
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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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Jones Act, Maritime Law
When an injury occurs at sea, offshore workers have legal rights and the ability to seek compensation under the Jones Act. It's vital to file your claim where you're likely to find a sympathetic jury. See, not all courts treat cases identically. A jury of your "peers" could have wildly different attitudes about offshore work, business, and personal injury claims in different regions of the U.S. ...
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Seven years ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded and sank to the bottom of the ocean. The government was called to action due to the explosion—and act it did. The Obama administration put more regulations on the oil industry than ever before. However, the Trump administration has set its sights on lowering the regulations for company profits. The Claim That Obama Regulations Were Too ...
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Jones Act, Maritime Law
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act , was a federal statute implemented into American history 97 years ago. The Jones Act was created in response to American shipping issues during World War I. During World War I, America suffered from a lack of trading vessels as trade ships were used for the war effort and could not continue on their mercantile routes. To make America more prepared ...
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Tragically, marine accidents are an all-too-common incident. In many cases, these accidents are caused by a dangerous weather condition, or by human error such as employer or worker negligence or distraction. Unfortunately, there are also times when these terrible accidents occur because a captain or worker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For example, in 1989 an accident known as the ...
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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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Maritime Piracy, Maritime Law
Many countries throughout North America and Europe remain stuck in a widespread economic downturn, with unemployment rates that stubbornly persist at all-time highs. As the situation grows increasingly dire, more and more workers may consider the possibility of going abroad to find work. One popular destination for oil, shipping, and offshore production work is the coastal areas of Africa, ...
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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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Certain risks are increased for offshore oil workers during the colder winter months. According to data from the World Offshore Accident Dataset (WOAD) of DNV, accidents in the North Sea—where natural daylight can occur as little as four hours a day during the winter—saw a slight uptick during the winter season. It may be surmised that other offshore workers face similarly increased risks. It is ...
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Maritime Law

Burn Injuries in the Maritime Industry

Burn injuries can be detrimental to victims, causing lifelong medical complications, thousands of dollars in medical bills and surgical costs, and serious pain and suffering. The emotional distress from burn injuries can also haunt victims for the rest of their lives. While the maritime industry isn’t necessarily notorious for leading the way in burn injury accidents, the threat of fires and ...
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Maritime Law

What Is a Deckhand?

Considering a career in the maritime industry ? Have a loved one who works as a deckhand? Understanding more about this important role can give you a better idea of what to expect on the job. Ships and vessels of all sizes require all types of workers to help maintain effective operations. Some of the most key members of a crew are deckhands. These individuals perform a number of essential tasks ...
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At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are proud to extend our help to injured offshore workers from coast to coast. Backed by years of experience, our maritime injury attorneys have been successful in recovering more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients—and we are ready to help you fight for what you deserve. Maritime Injury Lawyers Serving the Entire Gulf Coast We know that ...
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Assumption of Risk

Understanding How Assumption of Risk May Impact Your Case When you have suffered serious injuries due to a maritime or offshore accident , the last thing on your mind may be getting into a major legal battle with your employee or the party at fault. Unfortunately, even in cases where obvious negligence took place, the liable party will often try to fight this liability to avoid having to ...
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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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Maritime Law
As technology continues to advance, the ability to automate many processes is becoming the wave of the future. Flying drones are already prevalent in many industries and the use of driverless cars seems to be on the verge of a breakthrough. In the maritime industry, unmanned vessels are now on the horizon. While unmanned vessels have many advantages, their introduction may necessitate re-thinking ...
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When a worker is injured offshore defense attorneys often attempt to limit the injured worker's recovery by arguing that the injured worker is really suffering from a pre-existing medical condition. Using pre-existing medical conditions as a defense is common in personal injury claims. However, the law applies a little bit differently if the injuries happened while working offshore. Pre-Existing ...
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Accidents can happen to fishermen, oil rig workers, cruise ship crewmembers, and all other offshore workers who venture out to sea. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones Act , regulates many topics related to maritime commerce and travel in U.S. waters. This legislation provides specific coverage for those who have been injured at sea to seek out compensation from certain ...
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Maritime Law, Oil Companies
The oil and gas industry is constantly growing in the U.S., and one of the biggest hubs of activity and growth is the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Energy Information Administration states that offshore oil production in the Gulf of Mexico accounts for 23% of America's crude oil production, along with 7% of natural gas. New wells are constantly being researched, providing an opportunity for those ...
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While most people know that personal injuries are often eligible for compensation, some may not know that certain circumstances change the laws applicable to these claims. When an injury occurs on water, it can fall under the jurisdiction of the Jones Act and other maritime laws. Crewmen of tug boats, riverboats, barges, and tankers, as well as passengers, can be injured in a number of ways while ...
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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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Arnold & Itkin, LLP offshore lawyers recently filed a maritime case on behalf of a Louisiana man who seriously injured in a basket transfer. The worker was being transferred from a SEACOR liftboat to a crew boat when the crane operator slammed the personnel basket onto the deck of the crew boat. The worker injured his back and other parts of his body in the process. Personnel basket transfers are ...
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On April 21, 2010, the Gulf of Mexico was made victim to an incident which has left it unchanged since. The Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill has left permanent marks on the ecosystem, lifestyle and economy of the gulf coast. Four years after what has been deemed as the worst offshore oil incident in the country, results of federal investigations have revealed a new light on the ...
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Attorneys Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin, and Noah Wexler with Arnold & Itkin LLP have filed a lawsuit on behalf of their client who was injured on the job. This man was a delivery driver for a roll-on, roll-off vessel and was critically injured after a crane block hit his head during the supply transfer. The Seabrook, Texas man was hit by the crane as the vessel was docked in Beaumont, Texas and has ...
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