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- Century-Old Jones Act Continues to Protect Maritime Workers
There has been recent talk about repealing the Jones Act of 1920 when it comes to the American economy stating that it is an antiquated law that does not fit in a modern economy. However, the overall purpose of the Jones Act is safety and the general wellbeing of maritime industry workers—and was enacted as a response to previous lack of protections.
- Florida Penalties for Boating Under the Influence
Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious issue in Florida where there are several locations near the ocean that could lead to injuries when the driver suffers cognitive and motor skill impairment. The penalties for these incidents often depend on the blood alcohol level of the driver and any damage he or she causes.
- Do I Need a Maritime Lawyer for a Personal Injury from a Boating Accident?
Knowing when maritime laws govern over a personal injury case that involves an accident with boats is important for the owner, the victim and any injured party at the scene. The laws and rules may differ if maritime laws are part of the legal proceeding instead of a state with all local civil processes for the case and the plaintiff.
- Boating Privileges May Be Revoked for Watercraft DUI
Depending on the specific circumstances of driving under the influence of a boat as the vehicle, the driver may lose his or her privileges with any watercraft. The other penalties may take precedence, but most operators of a boat will suffer similar penalties as those driving commercial vehicles that face a suspension of a driver’s license.
- Pleasure Boats Used for Drug Running and the Legal Consequences
There are a number of possible boats that drug runners may use to smuggle, import or carry drugs over into the country through the water, and the legal consequences of such actions are often extreme. It is essential to know the legal impact of such actions and to recognize when a pleasure boat is in use with illegal drug running.
- Wrongful Death at Sea: Liability, Non-Pecuniary Damages, and Survivors’ Legal Remedies
Maritime law, already one of the most complex areas of American law, presents particular challenges in the context of a wrongful death at sea.
- Extradition of Foreign Nationals Under the MDLEA Subverts Justice
In 2001, I participated in the most intriguing criminal case of my career to date. More than a dozen Russians and Ukrainians, who were crew members on a boat that was seized by the United States Coast Guard off the coast of Mexico, were forcibly extradited to the United States.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Law was passed in 1927 to protect longshoremen who work on U.S. waters.
- Full Compensation for Offshore Injuries: Jones Act Negligence and Unseaworthiness
In most cases, even when offshore employers agree to pay maintenance and cure benefits, these benefits will fall far short of meeting injured workers’ financial needs. To recover full compensation for their injury-related losses, seamen must consider pursuing additional claims for unseaworthiness and Jones Act negligence.
- What You Need to Know Before Filing a Maritime Injury Claim
The law of the sea is very different from that of the land, and it can be confusing for someone who chooses to visit rather than work there.