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Oil and gas worker killed on platform in Gulf of Mexico

An oil and gas worker was killed last Saturday while working on a Talos Energy Platform in the Gulf of Mexico, just 64 miles south of Lake Charles, LA.  The worker, who has not yet been identified was removing fire suppression equipment that was reportedly out-of-service at the time of the incident. The injuries and


Maritime Law, Jones Act Cover Seamen’s Injury Claims

Maritime law covers a wide range of issues involving vessels, including how seamen injured on a vessel can receive compensation for their injuries. This area of law is very specialized and can be confusing to many. Unlike land-based workers, seamen can’t seek compensation for their injuries under state and federal worker’s compensation law. Instead, they


The Jones Act FAQs

The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal law that—among other things—is intended to protect maritime workers who are injured while at sea. The following are answers to frequently asked questions about this little-known legislation as it pertains to personal injury. What Does the Jones Act Do for


Seaman missing after tugboat sinking in Gulf of Mexico

A seaman is still missing after the tugboat he was on sank in the Gulf of Mexico early Monday morning. Four crew members were aboard the Crosby Commander at the time of the sinking which occurred 30 nautical miles off Louisiana. Three managed to escape in a life raft, but the fourth member was unaccounted


Common Mistakes Seamen Make in a Jones Act Case

If you’re an American who works on the water, you may have heard of the Jones Act in passing already. This statute provides employees with protection in the event of an accident when you aren’t on land, superseding international waters laws that disallow you from claiming worker’s compensation benefits when on the water. The Jones


$1.25 Million Judgment Awarded to Injured Fisherman

Fisherman Awarded Millions after Captain and Boat Abandoned Him Attorney Matthew Shaffer obtained a $1.25 million dollar judgement from a federal district court in Galveston, Texas for his client, a commercial fisherman. The 54-year-old worker from Palacios, Texas was tying lines on a commercial fishing boat when he became trapped in marsh wetlands. He injured


El Faro Data Recorder Brought to Surface

Recorder hopes to bring light to sinking investigation. SMSH Legal reported back in April  that the voyage data-recorder of the El Faro had been located on the ocean floor of the Bahamas. It was finally retrieved Monday night by USNS Apache crewmembers, bringing a glimmer of hope into discovering what challenges the crewmembers faced the


Injured Crew Member was Medevacked Off the Coast of Florida

Florida Maritime Injury An injured crew member was medevacked from a tanker, Eagle Texas, 90-miles east of Jacksonville Florida. A Coast Guard Air Station helicopter crew transported the injured man on Wednesday just before 7 p.m. The man was reported to have sustained a head injury after he fell into a cargo hold. The Eagle


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