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Top 6 Things For Seamen And Maritime Workers To Keep In Mind After Suffering An Injury

After an accident, your world can quickly turn upside down. With the stress of worrying about your injuries and your ability to work, you may inadvertently do something that can hurt your future legal case. There are actions and inactions that can impact your chances of receiving reasonable compensation for the losses caused by your… Read More

It’s Time For A Raise: Eastern District Of Louisiana Awards Maintenance Rate Of $40.00 Per Day Despite Seaman’s $23.33 Per Day In Actual Expenses

Without a showing of any fault, a shipowner under general maritime law has a duty to provide maintenance, cure, and unearned wages to a seaman who becomes ill or is injured while in the service of the ship.  Aguilar v. Standard Oil Co., 318 U.S. 724, 730-31 (1943).  “Maintenance” is traditionally defined as a “living… Read More

Fishing Vessel Burns, Crew Rescued Off Oregon Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three crew members this morning who abandoned their burning fishing vessel, the 35-foot HAVANNA, and set out on a life raft about 17 miles west of Cannon Beach. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew flew up from Air Facility Newport to make the rescue. It located the three survivors in the… Read More

Fishermen Rescued After Sinking Near Kodiak

The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that five fishermen were rescued from an island south of Kodiak early this morning after their 58-foot-long fishing vessel struck a rock and started taking on water. According to Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley, the crew of the KODIAK ISLE contacted watchstanders just after midnight… Read More

Supreme Court Leaves Punitive Damages Award Intact

Injured seamen are entitled to maintenance, cure and unearned wages, regardless of fault. The shipowner’s duty to pay these benefits is a “sacred obligation.” Willful breach of the obligation gave rise to a claim for punitive damages. In 1990, however, the U.S. Supreme court decided the case of Miles v. Apex Marine Corp., 498 U.S…. Read More

Oil Rig Workers Injured in Fire

The Coast Guard confirmed that a W&T Offshore gas platform located in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire Wednesday morning, forcing three workers to evacuate. Two of the workers suffered minor injuries as they evacuated the platform, which is located in 120 feet of water about 29 miles south of Terrebonne Parrish, La.’s Dernieres Barrier… Read More

Court Reinstates $2 Million Damage Award to Seaman’s Widow

The Virginia Supreme Court has reinstated a $2 million award it struck down earlier this year in an asbestos lawsuit against John Crane, Inc. In March, the court vacated awards totaling more than $3 million in a lawsuit filed by Robert Hardick, who alleged exposure to asbestos while a Navy seaman, before he passed away…. Read More

F/V MOONLIGHT MAID sinks

This past weekend Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a mayday call from crewmembers of the 110′ commercial fishing vessel, the F/V MOONLIGHT MAID. The fishing vessel encountered high winds and 13′ seas before when it began taking on water. At the time, the fishing vessel was more than 30 miles south of Resurrection Bay. A… Read More

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  • The Maritime Law Association of The United States
    The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) was founded in 1899. Its formation was prompted by the organization, some three years earlier, of the International Maritime Committee.
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    The Washington State Bar Association operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court to license the state's nearly 40,000 lawyers and other legal professionals.
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    The Oregon State Bar is a government agency in the U.S. state of Oregon. Founded in 1890 as the private Oregon Bar Association, it became a public entity in 1935 that regulates the legal profession.
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    The Alaska Bar Association is a mandatory bar association responsible to the Alaska Supreme Court for the admission and discipline process of attorneys for the State of Alaska.