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Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris all selected to the 2016 Super Lawyers List!

Attorney’s Arthur Schechter, Dennis McElwee, Matthew Shaffer and Jonathan Harris have again been recognized for their outstanding achievements in the areas of personal injury and maritime law. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers across the United States who’ve obtained a high-degree of peer recognition and achievement . Each year this notable list is


SMSH Legal Settles Amputation Case

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris recently settled the claim of a foreign seaman working for the Caribbean subsidiary of a Texas company for a confidential amount. In a tragic work accident over foreign waters, the young man’s leg became entangled in a mooring line and was violently amputated below the knee. The attorneys of SMSH


One Killed on Oil & Gas Platform in Gulf of Mexico

This past Friday an employee of Nabor Industries died after sustaining an injury on the job. The employee was working on another company’s oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The platform is located 150 miles south of New Orleans. Nabor Industries was


Two dead and one missing and presumed dead

Two dead and one missing and presumed dead after their tugboat struck a construction barge and sank in the Hudson River. The tugboat, Specialist, struck the barge moored near the Tappan Zee Bridge as it passed under the center of the bridge around 5:18 a.m. Saturday. Search Teams There are currently more than a dozen


Fire at Pasadena Plant

This past Saturday morning, March 5th, 2016 smoke was seen rising into the air from a Pasadena refinery. Result And Cause of The Explosion One person was injured in an explosion at the refinery, which sent clouds of smoke into the air. A fire started at the Pasadena Refinery System as a result of the


Impact Of The Struggling Oil Industry On Houston

The Houston housing market is being impacted by struggling oil industry because people are having to sell homes and turn to renting and downsizing if not relocating altogether. Last year the real estate market was booming, but layoffs are causing instability. Over 250,000 people have been laid off globally since the price of oil started


Facts on Premises Liability

Premises liability is the type of personal injury case that occurs when a person is injured as a result of a hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Being injured on someone’s property does not automatically make them responsible for your injury. There are many different types of personal injury cases that can be classified as


Fire Breaks Out On Drilling Rig After Workers Evacuated

A fire broke out late Tuesday on an out-of-control natural gas well  off the Louisiana coast just hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated from a nearby jackup rig. No injuries were reported from the fire, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. The cause of the fire, about 55 miles off the


Offshore Workers May Not Have Access to Most Effective PTSD Treatments

Any accident that occurs on an offshore oil rig or platform is guaranteed to be extremely traumatic, and result in severe distress to the workers on the rig. In some fortunate cases, workers may be evacuated from the rig or platform in time to avoid a major disaster. In not so fortunate cases, as in


Chevron Unveils New Deepwater Discovery in Gulf Of Mexico

Chevron Corporation has announced a new deepwater well discovery in the Gulf of Mexico. The well is located about 190 miles off the Louisiana coast. According to Chevron, the well which is located in 6172 feet of water and drills to a depth of 31,866 feet is still being investigated for its results. The investigation


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