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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


Attorney Matt Shaffer Filed a Maritime Accident Lawsuit for Injured Client

Matt Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed by Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service, LLC and was working on the M/V Sonny Gates, a towing vessel, at the time of the incident. The client was taking a barge out of the fleet of another


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


Pilot’s Failures Lead to Ship Crash

Pilot’s failure to Communicate Cited as Cause of 2015 Ship Channel Crash A Houston Ship Channel pilot was held responsible for the collision of two ships in 2015  which resulted in a major chemical spill.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that the pilot, who at the time was guiding the Conti Perdot through


SMSH Settles Serious Maritime Injury Claim

SMSH attorneys, Matthew D. Shaffer and Laura De La Cruz, recently negotiated a confidential settlement for a vessel-based tankerman. The tankerman suffered severe head and neck injuries after a large ceiling shop fan fell and struck him while he was checking equipment in a barge pump room. Lead Counsel, Matt Shaffer, said, “We were able


$1.1M Awarded to Worker in Trial for Injury on Dredge Ship

In a bench trial held in a New Orleans federal court, Attorney Matthew D. Shaffer obtained a $1.13M award for his client, a 48 year old father and husband from Fluker, Louisiana. The victory came after months of litigation stemming from a piece of equipment falling on Rodney Watson. His employer, Weeks Marine, Inc., refused


Houston Tugboat Accident – 1 Fatality

  Earlier today the Coast Guard announced that a body was found while searching for a crew member of a tugboat that had capsized this morning on the San Jacinto River. At roughly 7:45 am four of the five crew members were pulled to safety, but one went missing. The body was recovered around 10


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


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


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