judge's gavel on pile of hundred dollar bills for bankruptcy court
By: Contributor on December 21, 2016

Bankruptcy can affect businesses in any industry, and maritime corporations are no exception to this rule. Take the massive South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping Co. for example. Over the past few months, Hanjin has been filing for bankruptcy. Due to the company’s massive position in the Ame …

old ship sailing bell on deck of a large boat
By: Contributor on December 7, 2016

  While we will travel all over the United States for our clients, O’Bryan Law is proudly based in Michigan. And up here in the Mitten state, we’ve seen our share of maritime accidents and tragic losses on the Great Lakes, but perhaps none have been as historically meaningful as the Edmund Fitz …

Crashing surf on the beach at El Morro Fortress, San Juan, Puerto Rico
By: Contributor on November 16, 2016

For almost 100 years, the Jones Act has been a vital component of maritime law, protecting the rights and livelihoods of thousands of American maritime workers both offshore and onshore by defending the rights of sailors, dockworkers, and more when it comes to issues such as employment and injury co …

Cargo ship loaded with cargo containers in waters near Singapore
By: Contributor on November 2, 2016

Working on the water in any capacity can bring with it a number of risks and hazards – risks that the Jones Act was designed to help prevent and mitigate. But no matter how many legal protections may be in place, accidents can still happen while working on the sea, and cargo ships are a common sourc …

Jones Act Lawyer
By: Contributor on October 5, 2016

Many an injured seaman has faced the question: Are payments under the Jones Act a Worker’s Compensation offset to Long-Term Disability benefits? The answer: NO. In many cases, long-term disability insurance companies attempt to escape liability by claiming that the disabled seaman was not covered by …

By: Contributor on August 17, 2016

Boating accidents are a serious, tragic, and unfortunately common occurrence on the seas today. With pleasure boating, commercial vessels, and offshore rigs all competing for the same space, accidents like collisions between boats and boaters falling overboard are an increasingly frequent sight. The …

Gavel and ship steering wheel set over Maritime Law paper
By: Contributor on August 3, 2016

Despite all the recent attempts to repeal it and the constant outcry from certain politicians and media outlets regarding its “negative” impact on the maritime industry, the Jones Act remains the cornerstone of American shipping, fishing, and boating industries. In fact, the industry is so reliant o …

small fishing boat at sea at sunset
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on July 20, 2016

The heated dispute in the South China Seas has boiled over into every aspect of life for the nations involved. China is flexing their muscle with fishing fleets venturing further and further away from the official South China Sea boundaries. Aside from their hunger for power, China’s seafood and fis …

maritime worker on one knee with orange hard hat and yellow vest adjusting rope with yellow crane in background
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on July 6, 2016

Injured at sea? You may be covered by the Jones Act which applies only to seamen, a male or female who contributes to the function of an operable vessel on navigable waters. For example, a casino boat that is permanently docked would not qualify for a Jones Act case, while a fishing boat travelling …