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Lake Pontchartrain Gas Platform Explosion Injures Workers

A Lake Pontchartrain gas platform explosion on October 15, 2017 sent several workers to the hospital with a variety of injuries. The cause of the explosion is not known at this time but early reports indicate that workers were cleaning the platform at the time of the explosion. As of the writing of this post, one worker

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Vices, Defects, and Ruin Under Louisiana Law

Property owners generally take care to make sure that their properties are kept up and free of dangerous defects that can hurt other people. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes people get hurt because property owners fail to undertake necessary maintenance or otherwise let their property fall into a state of disrepair. Thankfully,

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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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Semi-Submersible Rig Accident in North Sea Kills One Worker and Injures Two Others

The North Sea has been ravaged by the winter storm “Frank” (a hurricane force system) over the past several days. These conditions have le led numerous companies, including BP and ConocoPhillips, to stop production and evacuate personnel. But, the worst part of the storm was the loss of one worker’s life and injuries to two others

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Government Drops Manslaughter Charges Against BP Employees

In addition to the civil claims and criminal penalties, four BP employees were individually charged with crimes relating to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Earlier this year, a New Orleans jury found Dave Rainey, a BP executive, not guilty of lying to federal investigators about the size of the oil spill. Then, in

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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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Crew Error Blamed for Drilling Rig Blowout

In July 2013, a drilling rig owned by Hercules Offshore and under contract to Walter Oil and Gas Corporation suffered a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The Hercules 265 Rig was working on a sidetrack well when the blowout occurred. The natural gas well initially leaked gas and then caught fire and ignited the rig, which

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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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