Sail boat on the out on the water.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Boating is a favorite pastime on the waterways of the Gulf Coast. Boating is particularly popular in Louisiana due to its beautiful coastline, lakes, and rivers. Unfortunately, however, boating accidents are common in the Gulf Coast region. Boating enthusiasts can be seriously injured and even killed during a boating accident. If you have been injured […]

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Common Cruise Ship Passenger Accidents and Injuries

Cruises are an extremely popular vacation option, and it’s easy to see why: they offer passengers top-notch entertainment, great food and drinks, excellent accommodations, and a chance to travel to exotic locations all over the world. Unfortunately, however, cruises are not without their risks. And when a passenger is involved in a cruise ship accident, […]

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Common Maritime Equipment Injuries

Maritime workers are often surrounded by heavy equipment while on the job. This equipment, although necessary, can lead to serious injuries and even death. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are due to negligence on the part of employers and equipment manufacturers. Below is an overview of some of the most common maritime equipment injuries. If […]

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Maritime worker helping load a ship.

Tips for Avoiding Maritime Injuries

Maritime jobs are among the most dangerous in the country. Injuries among maritime workers are common, and the industry has a fatality rate that is nearly five times higher than the rate for all U.S. workers. Maritime workers must avoid a variety of hazards every day, including slip and falls, collisions, stress-related illnesses, and respiratory […]

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Man visiting a doctor after maritime injury.

What to Do After a Maritime Injury

The maritime industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the country. The causes of maritime industry injuries are many, and the types of injuries suffered by maritime workers are virtually endless. Luckily, there are several laws that protect maritime industry workers and entitle them to financial compensation when they are injured. If you […]

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Fisherman, dangerous maritime job.

An Overview of the Most Dangerous Maritime Jobs

Louisiana is one of the most dangerous states in the country for workers. This is partially due to Louisiana’s high number of maritime jobs. Maritime occupations tend to be extremely dangerous, and employees in the industry often suffer severe injuries while performing their duties. Below is an overview of the most dangerous maritime jobs in […]

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Resolved: What is the Meaning of a Safe Berth Clause?

Citgo Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati Shipping Co., 886 F.3d 291 (2020) In this case involving an allision between a crude oil tanker and a submerged anchor, the Supreme Court of the United States resolved the circuit split between the Fifth and Second Circuits regarding the interpretation of safe berth clauses in charter-parties. While the […]

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What Is Admiralty Law?

Admiralty law, which is also known as maritime law, is a body of law covering all torts, offenses, contracts, and injuries that occur on navigable waters, including lakes and rivers. Admiralty law cases often address issues involving the duties owed by ship captains to their crews and passengers and interactions between ships. Below is an […]

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Maritime worker carefully getting off a ship.

Common Maritime Accidents and Injuries

Careers in the maritime industry can be both lucrative and rewarding. However, these benefits don’t come without a price. Often, the reason that maritime industry positions pay well is that they are extremely dangerous. In fact, maritime industry jobs and construction jobs have similar injury rates. However, many of these accidents can be avoided when […]

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Prevailing Parties in Maritime Contract Disputes

In this case of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit addressed the issue of “what constitutes a ‘prevailing party’ in the context of a maritime contract dispute.”[1] The dispute arose out of the sale of nine vessels from Hornbeck Offshore to Genesis Marine. In order to continue providing charter […]

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