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Understanding admiralty law

Though Louisiana residents live near bodies of water and often enjoy their weekend by engaging in activities that involve them, such as recreational boating or waterskiing, they may not be aware what laws apply if they are involved in a recreational boating accident.

What laws govern DWI boating accidents?

Due to pervasive awareness campaigns, most people know about the dangers of drinking and driving-the impairment it causes and the increased possibility of becoming involved in an accident. Drinking and driving is considered a serious problem, which is why some people may hesitate to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. Not many people feel the same way before operating a recreational boat.

Recreational boating accidents highest in July

According to the executive director of the National Safe Boating Council, July is the busiest boating time of the year. It is estimated that millions of boaters will take to the waters during the extended 4th of July weekend. With more boats on the water, the chance for recreational boating accidents also increases-this is perhaps why July is also the deadliest month on the water, as the most fatalities take place during this month as well.

Cruise ship accidents and maritime law

Summer is here. Louisiana's children are out of school, adults are utilizing their vacation time, and family outings are becoming more common. As a result, many individuals and their families are finding themselves planning more extravagant trips. Amongst these may be taking a cruise. While these massive ships can be a lot of fun for Louisianans and their families, they can also be quite dangerous. This shouldn't be too surprising, as accidents can happen anywhere. Yet, when an individual is injured onshore, the legal process can be pretty straightforward. However, when an individual is hurt on a cruise ship, a different set of laws may apply.

'Seaman,' 'vessel,' and the Jones Act's legal elements

Louisianans engage in a significant amount of work offshore. These individuals, like their counterparts who work on land, can be subjected to workplace injuries. When an onshore worker suffers an on-the-job injury he will likely qualify for workers' compensation benefits. By accepting these benefits, an injured worker agrees not to file a lawsuit against his employer. Offshore workers, on the other hand, are provided the right to sue their employers when they are injured on a vessel. The Jones Act, a federal law, provides these rights.

Admiralty law as it relates to death at sea

As this blog has discussed in the past, working on a seafaring vessel can be quite dangerous. Vessel owners in Lafayette are expected to keep their ships in a condition that is safe for their employees, but sometimes they fail to uphold this bargain. When this happens, injuries can result that leave workers with medical expenses and lost wages. Fortunately, these hurt employees can utilize admiralty and maritime law to file a lawsuit against their employer seeking compensation for their damages.

Slippery deck leads to lawsuit

Many Louisianans rely on the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico to earn their living. Whether they work on oil rigs or on shipping vessels, these workers, oftentimes without even realizing it, put their safety on the line for the betterment of their employers. Though state and federal regulations seek to keep these employees safe from unsafe working conditions, far too often vessel owners fail to maintain their ships in a way that abides by those safety regulations.

Lawsuit filed after man suffers offshore injury

Working offshore on a vessel or oil rig can be rewarding. The pay is often decent and many in Louisiana find being out at sea much more exciting than sitting in an office all day. Yet, since these workplaces are so different than the tradition work environment, employers need to take extra precautions to ensure that their employees are safe. When employers fail to do so, an accident can occur that leaves an individual seriously injured.

Slip-and-fall on vessel results in federal lawsuit in Louisiana

Louisiana, with its Gulf coast location, boasts a robust maritime industry. The shipping, offshore oil drilling, and fishing industries employ a significant number of Louisianans, many of whom rely on these jobs for their financial well-being. Our blog often discusses how Louisiana workers are protected from unsafe work environments, and this applies to those who work offshore as well.

What is "seaworthiness" under admiralty law

Accidents and injuries that occur in the open waters are subject to admiralty and maritime laws. As was discussed in a previous post on this blog, the Jones Act is perhaps the most important law affecting this area. But this act can be complex. Therefore, we hope to clarify some important aspects of this realm of law so that those who wish to pursue a claim based on admiralty and maritime law can do so with confidence.

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