Maritime worker using wire brush to clean hull of ship
By: Contributor on June 21, 2017

Maritime work – it’s rewarding, it’s lucrative, it’s a huge part of American history, and it can be very dangerous. Regardless of what you do or where you do it, there’s a lot of risk that comes along with working on the water. Any maritime career comes with it a number of inherent dangers, and than …

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By: Contributor on June 7, 2017

A recent federal appeals court ruling has affirmed that Pan Am Railways has engaged in retaliatory practices against a worker who reported safety violations to OSHA. Much like how the Jones Act is designed to protect injured maritime workers, railroad workers have similar protections such as the Fed …

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Underwater shipwreck being explored by scuba diver
By: Contributor on May 17, 2017

While they’re not all quite as exciting as James Cameron exploring the Titanic with his army of robot cameras, you would be surprised at the number of ordinary citizens, offshore workers, and treasure hunters that stumble across historic finds every year. Of course, as with nearly anything involving …

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Doctor's office with stethoscope, clipboard, and doctor sitting at desk
By: Contributor on May 3, 2017

Pre-existing conditions can be one of the most complicated parts of any injury case, and that goes double for maritime injury claims. Many insurance companies and ship owners resort to the old strategy of claiming ‘pre-existing conditions’ to get out of paying damages to a worker who falls ill or is …

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Offshore oil rig with construction, girders, and crane
By: Contributor on April 19, 2017

Due to the ever-changing nature of the maritime industry and the number of different ways in which workers’ rights have been upheld over the years, he Jones Act has a long history of what’s known as “interpretive rulings”. Interpretive rulings, generally defined as “a rule issued by an administrativ …

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By: Contributor on April 5, 2017

Even though we like to think of ourselves as experts on maritime law here at O’Bryan Law, we have to admit we understand that not everyone is going to know as much about it as we do. Known by many names and comprised of many different laws, general American maritime law has a fairly long, complicate …

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Railroad worker fixing railroad ties on railroad track
By: Contributor on March 22, 2017

Much like how the Jones Act protects American seamen and shipworkers from being exploited by their employers, injured railroad workers have legal protections in place to keep them protected in the event of injury or disability. One of these protections recently came under fire in the First Circuit C …

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Coast Guard vessel making sharp turn on ocean
By: Contributor on March 8, 2017

Any maritime worker who spends enough time in international waters knows that piracy remains a real and dangerous threat to shipworkers and the maritime industry as a whole. Far removed from the cartoon image of drunken, peglegged captains with hook hands and squawking parrots, real-life pirates are …

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shipping containers waiting on dock
By: Contributor on February 8, 2017

The Jones Act is absolutely the backbone of both American maritime law, and the American shipping & shipbuilding industries. Nearly every aspect of American maritime law is affected by the Jones Act, from requiring American vessels to be used to transport goods within American waters, to requiri …

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