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SMSH Files Lawsuit for Injured Seaman

Attorney Matthew Shaffer recently filed a case in federal court in New Orleans, LA against Southern Towing Company. Our client was ordered by a supervisor to jump across a gap from one barge to another. When he landed on the second barge, he slipped and fell on ice, causing him to sustain a serious neck


Matt Shaffer Filed A Lawsuit on Behalf of Client Injured During Maritime Accident

Matt Shaffer recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed as a roustabout for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and at the time of the incident, was working as a crewmember on a drilling ship that was owned and operated by Noble Drilling Services, Inc.  The worker


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


Effect of Oil and Gas Industry on Economy

A barrel of oil is selling for almost $40 in the U.S. today. The U.S. economy has become less reliant on oil and gas production over the past 30 years. In 1981 oil production accounted for 4.3% of U.S. GDP while in 2011 only accounted for 1.6%. Today we have a more diversified economy in


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


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


Compensation For Oil Refinery Accidents

Over 450,000 people are employed by the oil and gas industry, according to OSHA. Oil refinery accidents can cause huge explosions that lead to large scale injuries or death among workers and others nearby. Some accidents are the result of months or even years of negligence after safety regulators inform owners of a problem. Outside


Filing A Lawsuit Under the Jones Act

Working on the sea can be just as rewarding as it is dangerous. Working seaman should protect themselves from workplace injury by becoming familiar with the Jones Act. What is the Jones Act? The Jones Act provides a seaman with the ability to file a claim for any injuries that occur while at sea. Injuries


Get The Facts on The Jones Act

If you or a loved one have been injured at sea and want to pursue legal action under The Jones Act, there are a few things you must know. The Jones Act allows injured seamen to sue their employers for personal injury damages since seamen are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under state or


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