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$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


Sources of Compensation for Injured Seamen

All maritime workers are at high risk of on the job injury especially because they can be far away from medical attention after an emergency occurs. Seamen are protected by The Jones Act, which allows them to seek compensation for their injuries caused by their employers or coworkers on a vessel. A victim must be


Tugboat Crew Member Injured in Accident

A crewman on a tugboat on the Intracoastal Waterway had to be airlifted after he suffered an injury on the tugboat. The Coast Guard conducted a medical evaluation of the injured crewmen. The accident occurred about five miles off Rockport. The crewmember suffered undisclosed injuries, and required medical assistance. The Coast Guard launched rescue operations,


Structural Defects Not to Blame for Jurong Shipyard Maritime Accident

Noble Corporation is continuing investigations into an accident at the Jurong Shipyard that injured more than 80 workers in December. The company now says that it has conducted an inspection of the Noble Regina Allen jack up which tilted on December 3, injuring several workers. The inspection has not revealed any damage to the legs,


BP Exec Defends Gulf Oil Spill Report

A British Petroleum executive is defending a report on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion  in federal court in New Orleans today. Mark Bly was in charge of the company’s investigation into the explosion that killed 11 people and sent millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the fourth day of testimony. The


Trial Against BP, Transocean In Deepwater Horizon Disaster Set To Begin Today

The trial over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill is set to begin  this morning in New Orleans before a federal judge, with no jury. Attempts to reach a settlement over the weekend failed, but legal experts expect that one will be reached, at least with the U.S. Department of Justice, within the next few


Seaman Sues After Falling On Vessel’s Wooden Flooring

A seaman his filed suit in a New Orleans federal court, claiming he sustained disabling injuries from a fall after slipping on a vessel’s wooden floor. The Jones Act lawsuit accuses Big R Towing Inc. of negligence for failing to maintain the vessel and her appurtenances in a safe and reasonable state of repair. The lawsuit


Seamen File $11.5M Lawsuit, Claim Brain And Lung Injuries

Three seamen have filed an $11.5 million lawsuit against their employer, Dredge Operators Inc., claiming they suffered brain and lung injuries after being exposed to epoxy and acid. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 in federal court in New Orleans. The men said they suffered brain injuries and permanent disabling injuries to their lungs and


What to Expect at Your Jones Act Attorney Consultation

The Jones Act is a maritime law that essentially serves as a worker’s compensation statute for the high seas. The rules of a Jones Act claim are not exactly like worker’s compensation, but can also provide additional benefits based on the conditions surrounding any particular injury claim. Any possible litigant should prepare for the initial consultation with


Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Chemicals Used In Oil Spill Cleanup

A coalition of environmental groups from five states filed a lawsuit  Monday in federal court claiming the Environmental Protection Agency rules on chemical dispersants used in oil spill cleanups do not adhere to clean water standards. The lawsuit says the EPA has not published regulations on acceptable use of such dispersants in response to oil spills. More


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