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How do admiralty and maritime law govern the waters?


As far as the open waters go, it may seem to some that the waters are free reign, a kind of last frontier where anything goes. However, the open ocean and waters have been governed by one body of government or another for hundreds of years. With an ever-globalizing world that seems to be shrinking by the minute, it matters who has jurisdiction over a boating accident in Louisiana or off its coast.

Worker takes Louisiana companies to court over offshore injuries


A lot of maritime businesses are based in Louisiana and they employ a large number of people. However, offshore work is often hazardous and injuries are common. Several maritime laws, such as the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, have been enacted to protect the rights of offshore workers in the event of work-related injury.

How Louisiana laws hold boating companies liable for accidents


Many Louisiana residents, with the Gulf of Mexico so close by, tend to gravitate toward the water. Water sports and recreational activities, such as boating and fishing, are popular among state residents and tourists who come to visit each year. Boating, or any other recreational activity where the people on the boat have to essentially depend on their boat operator and instructor, can also prove to be inherently dangerous at times.

Boating accidents can lead to negligence lawsuits


With rivers, lakes and bayous found throughout Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico nearby, many state residents have spent time boating for recreation and sport as well as to make a living. Unfortunately, boating accidents happen every year and injure and kill people. Many who survive such accidents end up with lifelong disabilities. This is why all boaters are required by law to follow a variety of safety rules and guidelines laid down by state and federal authorities to promote safe and enjoyable boating experiences.

Cruise ship accident injures 22


Cruising during the summer is a popular way to vacation for many people in Lafayette, Louisiana, and for the rest of the country. However, when a tourist is injured on board a cruise ship, the vacation can suddenly become much less fun. Such an incident recently occurred when a cruise ship, in which European tourists were traveling, collided with a wall, while entering a lock in northern New York State.

The Jones Act provides relief to injured seamen of Louisiana


The Jones Act was passed to provide maintenance and medical treatment for an injured seaman working on any vessel, if the injury occurred during the course of employment. The Jones Act adopts a very open-minded interpretation of an injured worker. Therefore, any seaman working in any vessel, if injured in navigable waters, will be entitled to claim compensation under the Jones Act.

Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, an overview

The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act is enforced by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs for the benefit of maritime employees. All workers employed in maritime occupations, like shipbuilders, ship repairers and other harbor workers, as well as workers engaged in related jobs, are covered under this act.

The Jones Act and its implications for Louisiana maritime workers

Louisiana is famous for its coastline and rivers. Many resident enthusiasts take to the state's waterways for recreational purposes and even more are maritime workers. With so many people in and on the water, it is important to have certain safety rules in place to prevent accidents between pleasure boaters and those earning a living on these waters.

Everything a boat owner in Louisiana should know


Louisiana residents who own and operate boats or other watercraft on the state waterways should know and adhere to the appropriate rules and regulations. Any resident or person operating a boat in Louisiana waters violating these rules may be penalized under the law. Criminal charges may be imposed for irresponsible operation of a watercraft, which may cause an accident and property damage.

Rules of operation that Louisiana boating enthusiasts must follow


Louisiana is well-known for its waterways as well as the many boating enthusiasts who navigate these waters for recreation along with family members and friends. Since Louisiana waterways can become fairly crowded, the state has implemented certain rules, which are similar to the traffic rules that we follow while driving a motor vehicle on Louisiana roads. The purpose of these rules of operation is to insure the safety of boaters while they are on Louisiana waterways.

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