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Lawyers handling Jones Act cases, unseaworthy vessel cases, cruise line cases, pleasure boat and other maritime injury and death cases..

The Jones Act is a federal statute enacted in 1920 which allows an injured Jones Act seaman to sue his employer for the negligence of the employer or the seaman's co-employees and not be limited to the inadequate workers' compensation laws.

Caution: For workers injured on fixed platforms the time period for filing a claim may be as short as ONE year

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A massive vessel used to salvage damaged oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico was docked at the Port of Pensacola on Friday, October 7, 2011.  The Versabar 10,000 consists of a pair of 240-foot tall steel gantries attached to a pair of barges. It took five tugs to maneuver and dock the vessel.  The vessel is not self propelled and must be towed every where it goes.  The vessel is capable of lifting 7,500 Tons from the bottom of the Gulf from a maximum depth of 400 feet.

The U.S. Coast Guard said yesterday they were investigating RJ Diving Ventures Inc., a Miami Beach based boat operator, that Sunday left two scuba divers  behind at sea about three miles off Key Biscayne in the Florida Keys.

The general maritime law of the United States applies to all personal injury and death cases occurring on the navigable waters of the United States superceding and replacing all state laws.

USA TODAY reported yesterday that seven of ten oil workers missing in the Gulf of Mexico were found alive Sunday after spending three days at sea in a lifeboat.  Two bodies have also been found and another worker remains missing.

A federal judge has awarded damages of $2,925,957 to a New Jersey woman who slipped and fell on a pool deck aboard the Carnival Pride.  Denise Kaba was attempting to move some pool chairs when she fell and fractured her right knee.  She was initially examined by the ship's doctor, but was told her injury did not need immediate treatment.  Nine days later when she had returned home she was examined and was diagnosed with a displaced and comminuted fracture of her right patella or kneecap.  She underwent surgery the next day which was September 2, 2009.  Since then she has undergone five addi

Hundreds of boaters gathered in Santa Rosa Sound on Saturday to watch the Blue Angels’ Pensacola Beach air show.

Although most enjoyed the outstanding show and weather, seven boat operators were arrested and charged with BUI, the nautical equivalent of DUI, or driving under the influence.

Penalties for a First-Time BUI offense can include a fine of $500 to $1,000 and up to six months imprisonment.

Now that summer and the boating season has arrived the United States Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters including personal watercraft and paddle sport users take advantage of the FREE Vessel Safety Check program offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

What is a Vessel Safety Check?

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