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Rollin’…Rollin’ on the River…And You Get Injured. Now What?

It has been said that Louisiana leads the United States in maritime employment. Indeed, the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the entire Mississippi River Delta are some of the most heavily trafficked waterways in the entire country. Louisiana’s waterways are filled with vessels of all kinds. Everything from barges and oil tankers to fishing boats and personal watercraft, to riverboat casinos. All this activity means that boat and vessel accidents are not uncommon. Added to that, by its nature working on or around boats is dangerous work. So, what happens when a riverboat (or “vessel”) worker is injured? Well, just as working on a...

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3 Facts You Should Know About the Jones Act.

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act , is the foundational federal law that governs the maritime industry in the United States. While lots of laws can be complicated and confusing, admiralty law or maritime law is in a class by itself.  Maritime law has its own substantive and procedural rules that are separate and distinct from common law and it takes years to master its nuances. However, it has some basic concepts as well. Here are 3 things that you should know about the Jones Act. Only a Seaman Can Sue His Employer for...

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Why You Need to Act Under the Jones Act if You Are an Injured Riverboat or Offshore Oil Rig Crewmember.

If you work on land and are injured during the course of your employment, in exchange for waiving your right to sue your employer for negligence, you can recover for your lost wages and medical expenses through the workers’ compensation provided by your employer. State workers' compensation statutes are intended to eliminate the need for litigation, by having the employee give up his/her potential claim for pain-and-suffering awards, in exchange for not having to prove that his/her employer was negligent. But, what if you don’t have a land-based job? What if you work in Louisiana’s maritime industry? Then you will need to look...

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