Louisiana is home to a number of waterways that residents and visitors to the state enjoy for recreational entertainment and various boating companies utilize for business. Every year, this state sees more than its fair share of boating accidents that leave victims seriously injured or worse. When serious boating accidents occur, it is not uncommon for investigators to check for operator impairment, yet the current laws in place limit what substances they can test for. Proposed law changes could fix that.
A lawsuit was recently filed in U.S. District Court by three people who claim Carnival Cruise Line is responsible for injuries they suffered on board one of the company's ships. This federal case stands as a good reminder that Louisiana victims of accidents on these cruise ships may take legal action in order to seek relief. A maritime law attorney can help injured cruise ship passengers do just that.
Longshoremen and harbor workers work long hours, often in grueling conditions. There are so many potential hazards at their places of work that injuries happen quite frequently. In Louisiana, injured maritime workers may seek compensation for their losses through legal means.
In July, a duck boat accident in another state claimed the lives of 17 people. The surviving family members of the victims are trying to seek compensation for their losses, but an old maritime law may stand in their way. Louisiana residents and visitors to the state who have suffered maritime injuries or lost loved ones in maritime accidents may find themselves struggling to achieve compensation for their losses as well if this law is utilized in their cases.
Repetitive stress injuries can happen to anyone in any field of employment. Maritime workers in Louisiana are no exception here. The men and women in this line of work perform the same hard manual tasks daily and in doing so are doing a real number on their bodies.
Loading docks are an essential part of a port facility. Many Louisiana residents work these docks and in doing so put themselves in harm's way as there are many hazards present in this type of working environment. Injured dock workers may be protected and able to seek compensation for their losses by filing maritime law claims.
Every year, residents and visitors to the state of Louisiana head to port in order to embark on cruises. While many people enjoy their vacations without incident, there are others who suffer injuries while aboard cruise ships. These individuals likely have a lot of questions about who can be held responsible for their losses. An experienced maritime law attorney would be able to answer such questions.
A man in another state recently filed a lawsuit against a cruise ship company for injuries he says he suffered while as a passenger. As maritime law applies in this case, the lawsuit has been filed in federal court. Louisiana residents who find themselves in similar situations as this gentleman can turn to an attorney who has experience handling maritime cases in the federal court arena.
Many Louisiana residents work out at sea, as living on the coast the jobs are plentiful and they usually pay pretty well. Unfortunately, they are also very dangerous. If you work on an oil platform, heavy equipment and machinery are all around you. Sometimes equipment fails or human error occurs causing employees to suffer injuries. When it does maritime law can help injured workers fight for fair and full compensation.
Louisiana residents who work out at sea run the risk of experiencing work-related injuries. There is no denying that these individuals work in dangerous environments. Those who do suffer injuries while on the job may be able to access workers' compensation benefits just like most everyone else; however, maritime law is a little different, and the workers' compensation for injuries suffered at sea are covered by the Longshore Act rather than traditional workers' comp laws. This week's column will answer some common questions people may have about the Longshore Act.