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Dredge Workers Face Serious Risks of Neck Injuries

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law, High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on July 6, 2019

Working on a dredger can be a dangerous job. With little room for error, an unexpected dredging accident can leave you reeling in pain. While severe lacerations or broken bones are undoubtedly painful, a neck injury can be absolutely life-changing. A neck injury can be devastating, and depending on its severity, can lead to permanent…

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What You Need to Know About the Jones Act & How the Law Affects the US Navy

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on February 23, 2019

Since 1920, the Merchant Marine Act, also commonly known as the Jones Act, has protected shipyard workers as well as seamen working on ships and vessels traveling from American port to American port. Your Gulf Coast maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns believe that it is important for you to fully understand the effects and…

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Are Barge Workers Considered Seamen Under the Jones Act?

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on January 15, 2019

The truth is that there is no easy answer when it comes to the question of whether a barge worker is a seaman under the Jones Act. Many factors come into play when defining a seaman under the Jones Act and each individual claim has its own specific conditions. That’s why it is important to…

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National Transportation Safety Board: Lessons Learned from Marine Accident Investigations

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law, News and Events on January 1, 2019

It is said it is necessary to study the past if we wish to plan for the future. The National Transportation Safety Board released their “Safer Seas Digest 2017” in November of 2018 and highlighted major accidents that had occurred in recent years as well as lessons learned from the incidents. With the new year…

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Missouri Duck Boat Captain Indicted on Criminal Charges

Posted in News and Events on November 29, 2018

In July of this year, a horrible tragedy took place in Branson, Missouri, when a duck boat capsized in Table Rock Lake. Sadly, 17 lives were lost in the accident – including 9 from the same family – and several other individuals were injured. The incident took place as a result of rough waters caused…

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Oil Drilling Accidents On the Rise?

Posted in News and Events on November 13, 2018

As if the job of oil rig workers wasn’t hazardous enough, research has shown a spike in the number of oil drilling accidents in recent years. This is in correlation to the increased production of oil in the United States. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the production of crude oil grew substantially from…

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Brain and Head Offshore Injuries

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on October 18, 2018

Working offshore as a seaman can be a very lucrative career. But just as it is profitable, it is also very dangerous. Brain and head injuries are some of the most horrific injuries a seaman can suffer. They happen often in the maritime industry, and while some accidents are unavoidable, many others would have never…

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Employer Negligence Under the Jones Act

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on October 9, 2018

Offshore work is one of the most dangerous jobs in America and requires vessel owners to ensure the safest working conditions to diminish any potential risk to employees. Unfortunately, some employers may skip out on providing the maintenance the vessel needs or avoid updating equipment as needed. This negligence can result in unsafe working conditions….

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Common Injuries Commercial Fishermen Face and What They Can Do After an Accident

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law, High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on October 2, 2018

Working as an offshore fisherman is not easy and comes with risks that are not found in the average job. These risks greatly increase when employers are negligent or fail to provide adequate working conditions for their laborers. The Houston maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns understand these difficulties and care for your well-being. We…

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Maritime Accident FAQs

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on October 1, 2018

Being a maritime or offshore worker is not easy. The job comes with many challenges, tough working conditions, and exposure to dangerous situations. On top of that, maritime law can make it challenging for individuals who have been injured on the job. The Houston maritime attorneys at Lapeze & Johns care for your well-being and…

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New Regulations in 2018 Affect Maritime Workers

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on September 7, 2018

This past June, the U.S. Coast Guard established new regulations for towing and tug vessels meant to improve safety standards. These new regulations were published under 46 CFR Subchapter M and state that vessels must undergo inspections by the Coast Guard or an authorized third party. The Houston maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns want…

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Two Offshore Workers Suffer Fractures, One Other Worker Dies in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury, News and Events on August 25, 2018

The Incident On June 27, 2018, two offshore workers suffered severe injuries while another was was pronounced dead after an offshore accident occurred on the Arenque Oil Platform, 30 kilometers out from Mexico’s Gulf Coast near Tamaulipas. Assistance was provided by the Mexican Red Cross at the dock of the Commsa Company near Ciudad Madero….

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Rig Worker Struck on Head Brings Major Lawsuit Against Trio of Oil Companies

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on August 24, 2018

There is no doubt that the oil and gas industry is a serious money-making business, and one that projects to continue to expand. This July saw the production of crude oil in the US pass 11 million barrels per day, setting a new national record. While the potential for the economy is intriguing, to say…

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The Top Five Causes of Offshore Oil Rig Accidents

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on August 22, 2018

The offshore oil and gas industry brings in a lot of money and employment opportunities for the United States. Although the industry creates many jobs for workers along the Gulf Coast and throughout Texas, the hazardous nature of the maritime industry can result in severe injuries or even death. Offshore work on oil rigs, gas…

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What You Should Know About Ferry Accidents & Injuries

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on August 14, 2018

There are many forms of public transportation for people looking to save time, money, or who just want to avoid driving. While most people will think of buses, taxis, or even railway, for those of us living along the Gulf Coast or near large bodies of water, ferries are another option. Ferries – whether used…

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MRSA: The Bacterial Infection that Can Kill Maritime Workers

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on August 3, 2018

The nature of offshore careers makes maritime workers susceptible to many health and injury risks. Maritime workers can suffer from serious wounds that can become susceptible to deadly infections. The Houston maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns want you to know how important it is to be aware of the possible injuries you may face…

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Why You Need A Maritime Attorney to Recover from A Deadly Maritime Accident

Posted in News and Events on July 26, 2018

The Houston maritime attorneys at Lapeze & Johns offer our deepest condolences and concerns to the families and individuals that have been affected by the recent boat tragedy in Missouri. Should you ever face such a tragic incident, know that you are not alone. Our experienced maritime attorneys are here to offer our services to…

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What Maritime Workers Should Know About Mooring Line Accidents

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on July 20, 2018

Maritime workers perform some of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the world. Because of the type of machinery used aboard maritime vessels, safety precautions and measures are of the utmost importance to workers. Some of the most severe accidents occur as a result of mooring line accidents. Because of the immense amount of…

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Fire Safety on Shipyards and Ships: What Employers Must Offer

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury, Shipyard on July 17, 2018

Workers that are assigned as fire watch workers are the first ones to protect other workers and themselves from disaster while doing “hot work”. Hot work is anything that involves welding, burning, riveting, grinding, or the use of a tool that produces a fire or sparks. Our Houston maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns are…

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What to Know About Winch Injuries and Entanglement

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law, High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on June 23, 2018

Commercial fishing vessels are among the most dangerous workplaces in the U.S. In fact, the CDC reports that workers in the commercial fishing industry have a mortality rate that is 35 percent higher than that of all other workers in the United States. Unpredictable weather, powerful machinery, heavy loads, exposure to the elements, and distance…

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Seamen Can Seek Punitive Damages As Per New Court Ruling

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on June 18, 2018

A new legal precedent was set earlier this year when the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that injured fishermen and seamen are able to seek punitive damages under maritime. While other court decisions had determined that plaintiffs did not have the right to seek compensation, this new ruling affirmed that if a shipowner…

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Gangways and Walkway Injuries

Posted in Shipyard on June 10, 2018

All employers have a responsibility to create as safe a work environment as possible, but this is especially true for sea vessel owners, as maritime workers have a higher-than-average rate of injury. One area that is often overlooked when considering workplace safety for maritime workers is the gap between the ship and the dock. Whether…

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Texas Maritime Accident Laws

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on May 21, 2018

Maritime law, or admiralty law, is a specific area of the law that governs all activities, vessels, and offenses that occur on navigable waters. This includes oceans, rivers, and lakes, as well as unloading or loading ships and vessels inshore. Along with governing the shipping or oil drilling industry, this area of law also pertains…

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Unseaworthiness Vessels and What It Means to Maritime Workers

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on May 14, 2018

In this modern era, sea vessels should be safer than ever. Advanced technology has innovated the materials and design of vessels to ensure their maximum safety. Owners of these vessels must ensure that their ships are seaworthy by maintaining them according to safety standards. When vessels are compromised and pose a danger to the maritime…

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Serious Dangers When Out at Sea: Maritime Workers Face Potential Exposure to Toxic Chemicals and Injuries

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on May 6, 2018

While maritime work can be appealing because it offers steady employment and solid pay, it can also be a very hazardous occupation. Many maritime workers are exposed to highly toxic chemicals that can have long-term effects on their health, increase the risk for certain diseases, and even cause death. Although there are laws in place…

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Protecting Your Loved Ones: The Rights of Tug Employees

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on April 23, 2018

Tugboats may be small in size compared to other vessels but they are among the most powerful and busy ships in the maritime industry. Tugboats provide a wide range of important services, from towing cruise ships and other large vessels in and out of harbors to rescuing ships or oil rigs that have been stranded…

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Offshore Drilling Workers Are In Danger! Changes Occurring to Offshore Drilling Regulations

Posted in News and Events on April 13, 2018

Even with safety guidelines in place, working in offshore oil drilling is a dangerous occupation. With the goal of America achieving “energy dominance,” the current White House administration has made a few bold moves in repealing some of its predecessor’s efforts to make offshore drilling safer. Employees of offshore oil operations already report some of…

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Offshore Oil Rig Injuries: Rules, Regulations, & Common Injuries

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on April 1, 2018

Working on an offshore oil rig can be an exciting – and financially rewarding – career but it is also a very dangerous vocation. The important work done on oil rigs is often complicated by weather. Stormy seas and high winds pose extreme danger to workers on an offshore oil rig, so injuries and accidents…

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Maritime Law Concerning Cruise Ship Injuries

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on March 20, 2018

Going on a cruise is supposed to be an opportunity to get away from the humdrum of everyday life and leave your worries behind. Of course, no one wants to get hurt on vacation. Unfortunately, the Houston maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns have seen serious injuries occur when individuals are just looking to relax…

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Maritime Explosions, the Injuries That Result, and Your Rights

Posted in Shipyard on February 27, 2018

Tragedy struck in an Indian shipyard recently where an explosion snuffed out the lives of five of its workers and injured at least 10 others. The blast occurred at the Cochin Shipyard, inside of the water tank of a drilling vessel named Sagar Bhushan that had been brought in for repairs. At Lapeze & Johns,…

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Maritime Accident Stats and Importance of Having a Maritime Lawyer

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on February 7, 2018

Maritime accidents can have serious and sometimes deadly consequences, and because these incidents occur in offshore waters, you may be unsure of your rights when it comes to filing an injury or wrongful death claim. Between 2006 and 2015, 810 casualties were reported in the Gulf of Mexico involving large shipping vessels with the top…

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Seven Shipyard Hazards to Watch Out for on Your Next Shift

Posted in Shipyard on February 2, 2018

Shipyard work isn’t your typical 9 to 5 job and the work demands much more than mere attendance. Often times, one wrong move can spell grievous injury – or worse. That’s why when you are involved in a maritime accident, you need a team of experienced and dedicated lawyers. With a 98% successful resolution rate…

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What You Should Know Regarding Winter Safety As A Maritime Worker

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on January 19, 2018

It’s no secret that maritime occupations aren’t for the faint of heart. These jobs demand respect and caution. One wrong step could mean death. These conditions are made worse when winter comes along. With over 20 years of experience, our Gulf Coast maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns have seen their fair share of accidents…

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The Echoes of the Deepwater Horizon Incident & Its Effect on Maritime Law

Posted in Case Studies and Successes, High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on January 15, 2018

There are few things in life that can be as difficult as becoming involved in a maritime personal injury lawsuit. The Texas maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns have over 35 years of experience in maritime suits and personal injury, and we have learned that the complexity of this field of law requires the guidance…

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Know If You Have A Case For Your Offshore Injury

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on September 21, 2017

Offshore injuries are some of the most dangerous injury cases out there. With the threat of such accidents like rig explosions and boating incidents, understanding when your injury is considered an offshore injury for the company will help you immensely. Unfortunately, sometimes the process is muddled in law jargon, and is tough to traverse without…

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Watercraft Injuries: Who’s Liable?

Posted in Recreational Wreckage on July 13, 2017

Liability and injuries on land are more common than watercraft injuries to the average person going about their daily lives. While we don’t wish for watercraft injuries on anyone, they do occur and it’s something we all understand can happen to just about any person. When they do occur, it is usually pretty easy for…

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Oil Rig Job Types and Risk Factors

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on August 18, 2015

Oil rig jobs are notoriously dangerous and deadly yet its still a popular career choice in Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, and across the country. Still, work on an oil rig is diverse, and each type of job comes with its own salary, duties, and risks. Some opportunities include: Roustabouts. Roustabouts are responsible for both…

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Deadliest Oil Rig Explosions in the U.S.

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on August 17, 2015

Oil rig explosions have become an unfortunate occurrence in the offshore drilling industry. Oil rig fires and explosions cause some of the most catastrophic injuries and environmental damage. Injuries from these incidents can cause total body burns, amputations, smoke inhalation injuries, and many times, death. Here is an outline of some of the most tragic…

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10 Biggest Offshore Drilling Companies in the U.S.

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on August 17, 2015

The offshore drilling market accounts for a huge amount of the world’s wealth. The opening of the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil exploration will have significant effects on the United States. This development is expected to generate an additional $70 billion per year for the U.S. economy and create…

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Seaman vs Longshoreman: What is the Difference and How are they Protected?

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on August 16, 2015

To someone who has never heard the terms before, longshoreman and seaman may seem like two words for the same type of worker. In fact, they differ significantly in their duties, location of work, and the laws that protect them from injury. What Are Seamen? How Are They Protected? You are considered a seaman if…

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The Jones Act: What Is It, Why It Was Passed, and Who It Protects

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on August 12, 2015

What Is the Jones Act? The Jones Act was first enacted at a federal level in 1920. It is, essentially, an act that allows people who work offshore to sue an employer after a work-related injury. Unlike the majority of people who work on land, seamen are not protected by worker’s compensation or other administrations….

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Most Common Offshore Injuries

Posted in High Seas, High Risk: Offshore Injury on August 10, 2015

Offshore injuries are some of the most significant and devastating types of workplace injuries. Many times, they lead to long-term severe injury or death. Working on an offshore vessel comes with its risks, as employees are exposed to unsafe work conditions, heavy and dangerous machinery, and fires. A five-year study by the U.S. Bureau of…

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The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on August 5, 2015

The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) protects maritime employees that are not out at sea. The Jones Act was made to protect seamen and other employees on “navigable” vessels because they are not otherwise protected under injury law. The LHWCA extends similar rights to employees still considered maritime workers but are not on…

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How to File a Jones Act Claim

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on August 1, 2015

The Jones Act was designed to protect commercial fisherman and other seamen in the event of an injury on the job. State workers’ compensation laws do not protect seamen, so this federal act was enacted in 1920 so seamen would have a way of collecting compensation for their injuries. Just like any other injury claim,…

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How to File a Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Claim

Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on July 31, 2015

The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Claim Act (LHWCA) protects maritime workers injured in onshore accidents. Unlike the Jones Act, the LHWCA protects employees that work on dry-docked ships and in shipyards. The LHWCA is similar to a traditional workers’ compensation claim because it covers medical expenses and offers disability benefits. However, LHWCA claims are…

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