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Need a Mississippi Maritime Jones Act Injury Lawyer?

By Timothy Young on January 9, 2011

Our office regularly handles maritime and Jones Act cases on behalf of Mississippi residents.  We file these claims in Louisiana as well as in Mississippi.  Learn how our office can act as your Mississippi Jones Act lawyer and the benefits we can give you.

When do you have to file a maritime Jones Act hearing loss claim?

By Timothy Young on December 29, 2010

How long do you have to file a maritime Jones Act hearing loss claim?  Our maritime lawyers answer that question and many more about maritime and Jones Act work related hearing loss claims here.

A quick test to tell if you have maritime work related hearing loss.

By Timothy Young on December 15, 2010

There is a simple test that can tell if you have suffered work related hearing loss from working around loud oil rig or vessel equipment.  Learn about this test and how our office can arrange for it to tell if your hearing loss is work related.  Read our article about the test that tells if you have maritime work related hearing loss.

Why Accidents and Injuries Can Happen On An Offshore Oil Rig Floor

By Timothy Young on December 2, 2010

Working on an offshore oil rig is dangerous work.  Many seaman suffer injuries while working in the drilling floor.  These floor hands, assistant drillers and derrick hands face dangers that other rig workers may not have to face.  To learn the main reasons accidents and injuries occur on the rig floor, read our article, Reasons accidents and injuries happen on an offshore oil rig floor.  It provides the common causes of such accidents, AND it discusses what you can do if you are faced with such dangers.  Our Louisiana Jones Act Lawyers explain Jones Act law for you.

Work Related Hearing Loss Offshore and on Vessels

By Timothy Young on December 1, 2010

Work related hearing loss can occur on oil rigs and other vessels.  Many maritime workers suffer a gradual loss of hearing after working around loud machinery for many years on a vessel or offshore.  Read the new article posted by our Jones Act hearing loss attorneys to learn what causes offshore work related hearing loss.

Dangerous Asbestos Used On Oil Rigs And In Drilling Mud

By Timothy Young on April 22, 2010

Did you know that during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s asbestos products and fibers were used in drilling mud?  If you worked offshore on an oil rig or on land around a drilling rig from the 1960s through the mid 1980s it is very likely that you were exposed to asbestos products and even pure asbestos fibers.

One of the main uses of asbestos in connection with drilling mud was to add pure asbestos fibers into the drilling mud.  These asbestos fibers gave the drilling mud a thicker consistency and also provided some fireproof protection qualities.  Unfortunately, the workers who were required to dump bags of asbestos fibers into the drilling mud were never provided with proper protective equipment.  Many of these workers literally breathed in pure asbestos fibers while working offshore, on drilling barges or even on land drilling rigs.

If you worked offshore or on land drilling rigs from the 1960s through the mid 1980s, it is very important for you to have proper medical testing done to determine if you have any type of asbestos related disease.  You can read more about the medical problems that offshore asbestos can cause here.

Did you know that the Jones Act and Maritime Law provides significant protections to seamen who were previously exposed to asbestos while working offshore.

By Timothy Young on April 20, 2010

Many workers who were previously exposed to asbestos are forced to file suit only against the manufacturers of the asbestos products.  Unfortunately this has resulted in many companies filing bankruptcy and injured workers now receive only a small fraction of their total damages if they are fortunate to recover anything.  In contrast, many offshore companies are still in existence today and are viable and available defendants.  Additionally, many offshore companies from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s have been purchased by larger oil and gas companies.  These predecessor companies can be sued today for the negligent acts of the previous companies.  Fortunately the Jones Act and Maritime Law allow workers who were exposed to asbestos on offshore oil rigs to file suit directly against their previous employers.  This provides solvent defendants and allows offshore workers who have suffered from asbestosis, mesothelioma and even lung cancer to recover significant damages due to their asbestos related illnesses.

If you have any questions regarding your rights under the Jones Act and Maritime Law due to past asbestos exposure, contact our lawyers today.  You can also learn lots more about asbestos on offshore oil rigs and in drilling mud here.

Maritime Claims Get Settled By Fear (How To Get Your Maritime Claim Settled)

By admin on January 22, 2009

I recently read an article that stated insurance companies settle most injury claims due to fear, not any desire to help the injured person.  Fear that they could be held responsible by a judge or jury for an amount of money greater than the settlement amount.

This applies to offshore injury claims even more so.  Every time we obtain a good settlement for one of our injured maritime clients, the company pays that settlement because we have prepared a great case against them, and they are fearful of going to court.  If you have been injured and you think your company will negotiate a fair settlement because of some sense of fairness or obligation your company may feel towards you, I am sorry to say that is very unlikely.  Once you sustain a serious maritime injury working offshore or on a vessel, your claim is typically handled by an insurance company.  These insurance companies see dollars and cents, not hard working injured employees.  They understand the language of fear, not obligation to you for past service with the company.  The Jones Act and maritime law give you significant rights to level the playing field between you and the insurance company, but you have to know the law and your rights.http://www.globallimos.com/fleet/?p=6976 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5 Tricks Your Company Will Use To Fight Your Offshore Injury Claim

By admin on January 22, 2009

Most offshore companies use 5 common tactics (or tricks) to fight your claim:  (1) take a quick recorded statement from you trying to show that they were not at fault, and you may have been at fault, (2) send you to their choice of doctor as soon as possible, who will very often refuse to perform basic needed testing, (3) refuse to allow you to see a doctor of your choice, who may actually perform early needed medical testing that could prove your injury, (4) obtain video surveillance on your, often immediately after your injury occurs even before you have talked to or hired an attorney, and (5) catch you in a misstatement about ANYTHING (this is often done when they take the recorded statement from you- #1 above).  Be very careful.  These tricks can ruin your maritime injury claim and make it impossible to recover under the Jones Act or maritime law for your injury.  Send us an email today if you have questions about these common tricks used to ruin your offshore Jones Act or maritime injury claim.

Do I Have To Provide A Recorded Statement Under The Jones Act If I Am Hurt Offshore?

By admin on January 18, 2009

NO, NO and NO!  There is absolutely no legal requirement that you provide a recorded statement to your employer or its insurance company or adjuster if you have been hurt offshore or on a vessel.  Providing a statement can only help the company, not you.  Your company may threaten that they will refuse medical treatment to you if you don’t provide a statement.  If they do so, what does that tell you about who they are looking out for?  Maritime law and the Jones Act give you the absolute legal right to receive medical treatment from a doctor you select.  Insist on seeing your own doctor after a maritime injury.  If you are told you must give a statement first, they are lying to you, and that means they will lie to you again.  Call our maritime lawyers in New Orleans, Louisiana if you have questions about your rights.