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Is A Dive Operator Responsible For My Injury Now?

Diving injuries can be life changing, and in some situations, fatal. However, in many recreational and commercial diving cases, the accident was preventable. Instances Where a Dive Operator is Responsible for an Injury Scuba diving has inherent risks. Because of this, many dive operators require you to sign a liability release or waiver. However, this […]

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Can I Be Punished For Filing an Offshore Injury Claim from a Maritime Accident?

By way of its status as a coastal state, Louisiana’s economy is immensely fueled by the maritime economy. Thousands of Louisianans work in an industry tied closely to the sea, be it on the docks, on ships, or on at-sea oil rigs. And, as occurs in most industries, physical and mental injuries are a risk […]

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5 Things to Do Immediately After a Maritime Accident Occurs

If you’ve been injured on a ship, boat, jet ski, ferry, barge, fishing boat, sailboat, cruise ship or anything else that goes on the water, you’ve been involved in a maritime accident. We know it’s scary and that you’re in shock, so what should you do? How should you handle this accident? Here are our […]

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5 Cruise Ship Safety Requirements

As the cruise industry has grown, updates and enhancements have been made to the safety requirements and regulations that must be followed aboard all ships. According to CLIA(Cruise Lines International Association), an average cruise ship undergoes more than 60 health, safety and environmental inspections per year to prevent cruise ship accidents. The rigorous safety requirements […]

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Injured on a Cruise Ship? Follow These Steps Afterwards

You’ve been injured on a cruise ship, and you don’t know what steps to take to ensure that your legal rights are upheld. Everyone goes on a cruise ship with the intent of having fun, but accidents can happen and injuries do occur. There are two main types of cruise ship injuries that could occur: […]

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How Dangerous is Underwater Welding?

Underwater welding is a profession that requires significant specialized training – and a great deal of courage. Because welders are often submerged at elevated barometric pressures, there are a number of challenges that divers face each day on the job. The diving accident attorneys at Waitz & Downer in Houma, LA are experienced with offshore injury […]

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What You Need to Know About Jones Act Claims

The Jones Act provides seamen with the right to sue their employers for personal injuries on the job. Given that seamen are not allowed to file for workers’ compensation benefits following an injury, the Jones Act provides a recourse which can be followed by all seamen injured while on the job. If you’ve been involved […]

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First Steps to Take After a Maritime Accident

Maritime accidents are more common than you think. Each year, hundreds of people are injured or even killed in maritime accidents. No matter whether you work at sea or are a passenger on a commercial ship, the first steps you take after the accident will have a great effect on the outcome of your personal […]

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What Defines an Unworthy Sea Vessel?

A seaworthy ship is well-equipped and able to handle the waters in which it’s intended to travel. The seaworthiness of a ship can be a determining factor in a personal injury case involving a maritime accident. To put it simply, if a ship is not up to standards, the carrier may be held liable for […]

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