Maritime lawyer

July 17, 2017

Understanding Maritime Worker Protections Under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) is a piece of federal legislation that governs actions that occur on the outer Continental Shelf. This region is recognized as part of the United States and includes all “submerged lands, subsoil […]
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July 17, 2017

Injuries Are Presumed To Be Work-Related Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, also commonly referred to as the “LHWCA,” by maritime lawyers, is a federal law that protects maritime workers who suffer a disability or death in connection with their employment on navigable waters. […]
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July 17, 2017

Injured Maritime Employee Entitled to Punitive Damages After Employer’s Failure to Pay Maintenance and Cure

In a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Atl. Sounding Co. v. Townsend, 129 S. Ct. 2561 (2009), an issue came up as to whether an injured seaman was eligible to recover punitive damages for his employer’s deliberate refusal to […]
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July 17, 2017

Jones Act Remedies For Employees Who Work Both On Land and Offshore

As a general rule, the Jones Act protects seamen who have an “employment-related connection to a vessel in navigation”. The Jones Act is a law that requires maritime employers to pay for a seaman’s medical and living expenses if […]
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July 17, 2017

Expert Testimony Is Not Necessarily Required In Order to Recover Under the Jones Act

The case of Salem v. United States Lines Co., 370 U.S. 31 (1962) is a 1960’s era Supreme Court case that determined that it was not always necessary for a plaintiff to use an expert witness to prove that […]
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July 17, 2017

Understanding Res Judicata In Maritime Cases

An offshore attorney who regularly handles maritime injury cases understands that there are multiple compensation programs that are available to injured sea workers under the law. The sources of recovery include the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ […]
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