Category Archives: Maritime Accidents

Our Lafayette personal injury attorneys have experience helping the victims of maritime accidents, and you can find stories about these types of cases in this section.

What Are the Guidelines and Restrictions Under the Death on High Seas Act?

Also known as the DOHSA, the Death on High Seas Act is an important maritime law that all maritime workers should be aware of. It was enacted by the US government in 1920 in order to give financial compensation to any families of shipmen who have died while being on duty. There have been other important amendments added to this law since its enactment, and the law remains an important law for seamen today. What Are the Additional Amendments to the DOHSA? In the year 2000, a vital amendment was added to the DOHSA. This amendment included any monetary claims for lives lost in aircraft accidents and disasters. In addition to these monetary claims, further amendments allow relatives and other members of the family of the deceased to claim compensation for any trauma and/or mental grief that they also experienced. What Are the Specific Terms Under the DOHSA? The incident…
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How Does a Negligence Claim Work with Boating Accidents?

Boating can be a fun experience for your family and friends, but sometimes accidents can happen and people can get hurt. If you are injured on a boat and you are wondering what your next legal steps are, there are a few things you should know. A great way to have a chance in court is to prove that a different party was negligent and caused the accident. How Would a Negligence Claim Work in This Situation? If you get injured on a boat, you might be able to prove that your injury was a result of someone’s negligence leading up to or during the accident. Proving negligence is one of the main ways to recover damages from that other person. However, being injured does not necessarily mean that someone else was negligent or responsible. But, if you and your attorney can prove that someone failed to act with “reasonable…
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When Inadequate Training Causes Maritime Accidents

Maritime work involves specific training in order to do the job correctly, efficiently and safely. Even for well-trained workers, there are all kinds of risk in the maritime field, so when someone is inadequately trained, workers are at high risk of catastrophic injury or death in maritime accidents. There are many precautions that can be taken to prevent maritime injuries, injuries and deaths. Proper training is one of the most important. Lack of Job Training Seamen require at least basic training on the operation and maintenance of the vessels the work on in addition to specific training related to the job they are responsible for (oil workers, for example, need training to use special drilling equipment). When workers are not trained well to do their jobs, the risk of mistakes skyrockets. In the maritime industry, even a tiny mistake can have massive repercussions. Even standing in the wrong place could…
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