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September 2019 Archives

Who can rely on the Jones Act at work?

If you're working on the water, you may be concerned about the lack of security for your situation compared to dry land. Fortunately, most workers at sea do not have to worry about a lack of workers' compensation benefits if they are injured. The Jones Act often picks up where state labor laws drop off.

Shipborne accidents may be covered by 168-year-old law

Every American knows that we declared independence in 1776, and the Constitution guaranteed our rights a few years later. But most of the laws we know beyond the Bill of Rights are modern, often no more than a few decades old. But where do some of the older and lesser known laws apply to our lives?

Dive boat owners seek legal protections under 1851 law

Investigators continue to look for the cause of a Sept. 2 fire off the coast of Southern California that killed 34 people aboard a dive boat. They hope for answers after the remains of the Conception were brought to the surface near Santa Barbara. Five crew members survived the fire.

A federal law covers workers' compensation for workers at sea

Workers struggled in Louisiana and other parts of the United States for the right protections to help them do their best work and contribute to the economy. Now, workers' compensation laws are as secure as the ground under work boots. But what if there is no ground under those boots?

LHWCA covers maritime workers who work on land

If you work on a Louisiana dock loading and unloading ships, you know how dangerous your job can be. You may put yourself in dangerous situations every day just to get the job done. Just because you stay on shore doesn’t mean that your job is any safer than the jobs of workers out on the ships. But the protections that cover those workers in case of injury may not cover you.

Workers on vessels have protections from the federal government

It's pretty easy to know your rights at work when you have your feet squarely on land. But a lot of workers in Louisiana, like many in Florida and California, spend a lot of hours in the territorial waters of their state. Some may even end up in international waters in search of fish below the surface or oil beneath the rocks.

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