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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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