maritime personal injury

A Bad Way to Lose a Case

Suppose you were hurt in a shipboard or fishing boat accident and have a Jones Act (or Unseaworthiness) claim. You message your girlfriend from the hospital and tell her all about it – there’s a long thread of detailed messages, you telling what happened, maybe saying...

The Jones Act Plaintiff

This is a long piece I wrote for a legal journal, not for the general audience, but it has a lot of solid information all the same. The Jones Act Plaintiff  The remedies available to an injured seaman are three: so-called Jones Act negligence, the common law tort of...

Loss of the El Faro

The most poignant detail of the El Faro foundering was, to me, the bashed up lifeboat found floating. Lifeboats are strongly attached to their ships and are unlikely to break free even in very heavy weather, so it appears the crew tried to launch this lifeboat, in 130...

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