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July 17, 2017

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Employer’s Counterclaim In Violation of the Jones Act

In a recent case, Deering v. National Maintenance Repair, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a prior decision, argued by Jones Act attorneys in a federal district court in Illinois, to dismiss an […]
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July 17, 2017

Emotional Distress Claims and Maritime Law

Maritime workers who are negligently subjected to emotional harm by their employers or another shipping company may have a claim for compensation under the theory of negligent infliction of emotional distress. Emotional distress may occur if you witness an […]
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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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