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Tag: Louisiana Offshore Injury Lawyer

Effect of Later Accidents on Your Personal Injury Case

If you’ve been injured in an accident, one of the questions that you may have is how a later accident will impact your case. The short answer is: it depends. Subsequent Accidents and Louisiana Personal Injury Cases The insurance company and their lawyers will undoubtedly say that your subsequent accidents cut off their responsibility for

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Can I Recover Medical Bills in My Personal Injury Case?

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, you will most likely have gotten medical treatment for your injuries. Depending on the scope of your injuries, these bills can get very expensive. But, it raises, the question: can you recover the costs of these medical bills? The short answer is yes, but it ultimately depends

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Mississippi River Accidents Continue As Water Level Remains High

Flooding along the northern portions of the Mississippi river has led to extremely, and dangerously, high water levels down the river. For example, this past week the water level at Vicksburg was 7 feet above the flood stage. During this period of high water, there have already been 3 incidents involving allisions with the bridge across

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Vessel Status and Maritime Law

In any offshore injury case, you will need to determine whether the injured worker qualifies for seaman status. If so, he or she will have remedies not available to most people who get hurt on the job, such as a claim against the seaman’s employer and the right to maintenance and cure. However, for a

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How Does a Limitation of Liability Action Protect Vessel Owners?

Injuries during offshore and maritime operations happen all too often. In some instances, such as with the catastrophic loss of life from the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, many people will be injured and they, or their loved ones, will have significant claims against a vessel owner. The fear that such accidents could possible occur

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How Does the Borrowed Servant Doctrine Work?

When offshore and maritime accidents happen, there are usually a number of different companies that are potentially responsible for the injury, particularly with platform and rig accidents. A critical issue in determining liability is the relationship among the various parties. In considering these relationships, a key question is whether some workers are “borrowed employees” or “borrowed servants” of

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Understanding the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA)

Maritime workers put their lives on the line every day doing dangerous but very important work. Sadly, accidents happen, and sometimes those accidents tragically claim lives. While this risk is a harsh reality of offshore work, there used to be no federal cause of action for a tort victim who died in a maritime accident. Thankfully,

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Drilling Industry Responds to Proposed Offshore Safety Rules

Earlier this year, the Obama administration proposed offshore safety rules designed to afford greater protection to oil and gas workers. The rules were put together in response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. The goal of the new rules was to establish requirements and maintenance schedules for the components used in offshore oil and gas operations,

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Claims for Permanent Disability from Offshore and Maritime Injuries

Generally speaking, injured offshore and maritime workers have a few ways to recover for their injuries: (1) if they qualify as seamen, a Jones Act claim for negligence, an unseaworthiness claim, and/or a claim for maintenance and cure; (2) if they don’t qualify as seamen, a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

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Jury Finds BP Executive Not Guilty Of Lying About Oil Spill Size

On April 20, 2010, the Gulf Coast experienced one of the worst maritime accidents and environmental catastrophes in history: the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon. The spill claimed the lives of 11 offshore workers, injured many more, and caused billions of dollars worth of property and economic damages. The news reports covering the Deepwater

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