Orange lifebuoys and black rope, safety equipment of modern yacht
By: Contributor on July 19, 2017

Summer means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for any American maritime worker who sails through our oceans, the summer months can just as easily be called “hurricane season”. You don’t need us to tell you how dangerous hurricanes can be – dozens of lives are lost every year to these storms, …

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Cargo ship underway viewed from bow at night
By: Contributor on July 5, 2017

The maritime industry is an important source of economic trade and employment all throughout the country – and an unfortunately common source of accidents and injuries. Cargo ships, a common sight among all of America’s waters from our rivers to our lakes, could be said to be the backbone of this in …

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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, the Jones Act has a long history of what’s known as “interpretive rulings”. Interpretive rulings, generally defined as “a rule issued by an administrati …

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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 and Jones Act attorneys protect 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 …

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