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Admiralty & Maritime Law Archives

About the LHWCA

Maritime workers in Louisiana should understand how the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act can assist them if they are injured on the job. Shipyard workers, longshoremen and some other non-seaman marine workers can use the law to obtain financial assistance for lost wages and medical expenses that resulted from their work-related injury or illness.

Possible improvements to DOSHA

Louisiana residents should be aware of the efforts that are being made to change the Death on the High Act, or DOSHA. Legislation has been introduced in Congress that will enhance the rights of surviving family members who are pursing compensation when the negligence of a cruise line results in the death of a loved one at sea. It can prevent the companies from using an archaic law to avoid taking responsibilities for their part in the incidents.

Safety alert proposed to keep ships safe from major storms

Louisiana shipping employees may be interested to learn that the widow of a man who died when the boat he was working on capsized during a hurricane is campaigning to have a safety system put into place. This safety system, which the widow is calling the Hamm Alert, would keep the ships in port when major storms are on the horizon.

Punitive damages unavailable in some Jones Act claims

In Louisiana, certain workers who work on marine vessels are protected under the Jones Act, a federal law under which workers may sue their employers. There have been several opinions issued by the federal courts in Louisiana about whether or not punitive damages might be available to seamen who sue third parties that are not their employers, but more recent changes may bring the debate to an end.

Jones Act compensation for workers in Louisiana

The Jones Act was created to ensure that employers of individuals who worked at sea were held accountable for negligence that resulted in their employees being harmed or killed. People who are classified as seafarers, which generally encompasses those who spend a significant amount of time working on a vessel, are eligible for compensation under the Jones Act.

Audio from El Faro documented the sinking

Louisiana residents following the El Faro container ship sinking may be interested to learn that it was reported that the ship's "black box" has evidence showing that the 33-person crew did everything they could to keep the vessel afloat. The El Faro sank in 2015 as it was heading to Puerto Rico from Jacksonville.

Louisiana floor hand sues employer for on-board injuries

A man filed a lawsuit against his employer after being involved in an alleged accident. The worker is a crew member and floor-hand of a vessel owned by Moncla Marine LLC in Louisiana. He filed a lawsuit on Feb. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana after allegedly sustaining multiple injuries.

Man dies after falling in water during dinner cruise

Louisiana residents may be interested to learn about a drowning death involving a small dinner cruise in California. On Sept. 4, a 59-year-old man on the Papagallo II dinner cruise in Morro Bay fell overboard for unknown reasons. The man was rescued and transported to the hospital, but he died on Sept. 6.

The Jones Act and maritime worker injuries

Louisiana residents who are employed as maritime workers are covered under the federal Jones Act for their injuries suffered on the job. Under the Jones Act, maritime workers who are injured while at sea due to the negligence of their employer are allowed to file suit against the employer.

Workers comp coverage for injured Louisiana maritime workers

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act provides benefits to offshore employees who were injured or killed in a work-related accident. Maritime workers from Louisiana may be interested in understanding if the LHWCA coverage could protect them and their families in the event of a workplace accident.