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Admiralty & Maritime Law Archives

BP offshore drilling catastrophe has spurred legislation.

After the massive oil rig spill near Louisiana's Gulf Coast a few years ago, many may be wondering if any new legislation has been passed. Related legislation could help regulate the health and safety of workers killed or injured on drilling rigs, citizens or the environment. As you may recall, BP was the company behind the spill which claimed the lives of 11 workers and spilled millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The state of Louisiana has passed an interesting bit of legislation related to devastating incidents such as this.

Who regulates and what is the 'Jones Act' in Louisiana?

When ships are out on the sea there are rules that apply to them as if they were on land. Some of these rules are internationally recognized and adhered to. Others are tailored specifically to a country. The Jones Act is a U.S. enacted law that aims at protecting the lives and safety of people traveling the high seas. While the following information is not meant to be legal advice, if you have been injured in an accident at sea it is important to have a basic understanding of admiralty and maritime law before beginning the claim process.

How does admiralty law govern cruise ship injury?

Most Louisiana residents who board a cruise ship are looking for a fun vacation and a time to relax. People boarding cruise ships rarely think about what kind of danger they could be in or what kind of accidents could happen while on a cruise. Unfortunately, accidents on cruise ships happen often. It is good to know what admiralty law is and how it affects cruise ship passengers from Louisiana.

Crane crushes tugboat wheelhouse, killing captain

Since so many New Orleans residents make a living on the water, it's unavoidable that there will be accidents. For those who are injured on the water, there can be hefty medical expenses, the possible need for long-term care and trouble returning to work. These injuries can happen to tugboat crew members, and they often happen without warning.