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Research Maritime Attorneys Online

By Timothy Young on May 2, 2013

Deciding to hire a maritime lawyer is hard enough for some. Trying to find the right one can seem downright overwhelming.

To find the right maritime attorney, you need one with a focus on maritime law, one that thoroughly understands the Jones Act and general maritime law, and one that has experience handling Jones Act cases.

There are many “maritime” law firms online, making your research even more difficult. Often these law firms practice various unrelated areas of law and you may not even know it.

The following tip will assist you in your research for good, maritime law firms.

Searching for Maritime Law Firms Online

When researching online, you might Google such as terms as “New Orleans maritime attorneys” or “Louisiana Jones Act lawyers” depending on your location. The sites that appear in the results will be any that use those specific terms on their site. At first glance, it may look like these law firms have a maritime focus.

Many times there won’t be other practice areas listed and the entire site only talks about maritime claims and maritime injuries. The site is one example. Looking at this website gives one the impression that it is a maritime law firm.

But let’s take a closer look.

If you Googled the name of the maritime law firm, you’d find another website for the same law firm that clearly shows that the firm actually practices over a dozen different types of law.

Why would they clearly list all of their practice areas on one site but not another? What does this accomplish?

One explanation is that they want to give the impression that they focus on maritime law, and that they are looking out for your specific needs. However, they actually practice many other types of law that may not necessarily be helpful to your case.

We believe that maritime cases are incredibly complex and specialized and so you would naturally need an attorney that focuses on these types of cases.

When you’re researching maritime attorneys online, make sure that your Jones Act attorney truly focuses on Jones Act cases and can effectively handle your maritime case.

Now, there isn’t anything legally wrong with law firms designing sites for specific practice areas, but it makes your job more difficult if you do not possess all of the information you need to make a smart decision.

When you’re putting your future in another’s hands, would you rather that individual have their focus divided between twelve different and unrelated kinds of law or 100 percent focused on one? I know which one I’d choose.

Should you need help researching maritime law firms online, give us a call or chat with our support staff. We’re more than happy to show you more researching techniques to help you make your decision.

Why You Should Never Try To Settle Your Own Maritime Jones Act Claim Without An Attorney

By Timothy Young on November 19, 2010

We have recently posted an excellent article regarding the common mistakes made when seamen tried to handle their own maritime and Jones Act cases.  You can learn about the reasons you should not settle your own maritime Jones Act case with your company directly by reading our article here.  We discuss several reasons including the advantage that your company has, the main reason you should not return to work too soon after your injury as well as if you can break or void an unfair settlement that you accepted when you did not know the full extent of your injuries.  Our Louisiana maritime lawyers are here to help assist you in anyway necessary.  Learn your rights, choices and options.

Why Your Insurance Adjuster May Not Be Your Friend

By Timothy Young on July 19, 2010

After an automobile accident in Louisiana you may face many tough choices.  Unfortunately one significant choice you will have to make is to what degree do you communicate with your own insurance adjuster.  Your automobile accident claim could be damaged significantly if you provide your insurance adjuster with the wrong type of information.

You can learn more about why your insurance company is not always looking out for your best interest after a serious vehicle accident by reading our article here.  Our Louisiana injury lawyers have helped serious automobile accident victims navigate the tough course of dealing with their own insurance companies after a serious vehicle accident.  Don’t make a mistake that could harm your case or even prevent you from recovering.  Contact our Louisiana attorneys today for help with your immediate questions.  You can also learn more by visiting our automobile accident web site.

When To File Suit After An 18-Wheeler Accident – It’s Sooner Than You Think

By Timothy Young on July 18, 2010

If you have been injured by an 18-wheeler in Louisiana, you should file suit sooner than you think.  There are many reasons why filing suit early after an 18-wheel accident is important if you are going to receive full recovery.  You can read our article about filing suit after 18‑wheel accidents by clicking here. This article gives several reasons why it is important that you do not wait too long or you may harm or damage your case.

Asbestos In Drilling Mud – Hazard That Causes Serious Injuries

By Timothy Young on July 13, 2010

Did you know that from the 1960s through the mid 1980s drilling mud used onshore and offshore contained asbestos?  Our office is handling asbestos-related drilling mud claims and we are offering a free long X‑ray to help individuals who were previously worked with drilling mud during this time period.  You can learn more about your free long X‑ray at  And you can also learn all about why asbestos was used in drilling mud, the types of drilling mud that contained asbestos and your rights, options and choices if you have been exposed to drilling mud which contained asbestos by visiting our site

Asbestos can cause serious cancers including lung cancer, stomach cancer and even colon or prostate cancer.  If you have been diagnosed with any type of cancer, please contact us immediately so that we can give you a free asbestos screening test to determine if asbestos may have contributed to your cancer.  This is an effort we are making to provide you with more choices and options if you have suffered an injury due to the fault of another party.

Free Asbestos Lung Screening Exam

By Timothy Young on July 11, 2010

Our office is providing a free asbestos screening test to anyone living in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama and who previously worked around drilling mud used on land or offshore from the 1960s through 1989.  You can learn more about how drilling mud contained asbestos here.  Simply contact our office so we can arrange for your free long X‑ray which will determine if you have any asbestos fibers in your body.  This test will be scheduled close to your house and we will provide you with the results within a few weeks.  Don’t take chances with your health.  If the test reveals any type of asbestos injury, we can discuss your rights, choices and options with you at that time.

This is being offered for a limited time as our office screens potential asbestos injury victims for cases we are handling.

Why A Pre Employment Physical Can Help Your Case

By Timothy Young on April 20, 2010

There are several reasons why undergoing a pre‑employment physical including an MRI can actually help your case if you are subsequently injured while working for that company.  First, the fact that the company examined you before hiring you can often prove that you were physically fit and able to perform the assigned work prior to your accident.  If you do not undergo a pre‑employment physical, very often the company may claim that you physically should not have been performing the work.

Additionally, if an MRI is obtained during your pre‑employment physical, this test result will be critical evidence in regard to any subsequent injury which you later suffer.  It makes a tremendous difference in your case to be able to show a clear change in your condition based upon your pre‑employment MRI as compared to your post-accident MRI.

Finally, even if your pre‑employment MRI indicated some minor physical problems such as age related degeneration, it will be extremely difficult for your employer to use this evidence against you if your employer was aware of this condition when it hired you.  Often even a less than perfect pre‑employment MRI can still benefit your case greatly.