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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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