Obama's Plan to Expand Offshore Drilling Would Increase Jones Act, General Maritime, Longshore Act Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As noted by Bohrer Law Firm, LLC, President Obama's plan to expand offshore drilling would inevitably lead to an increase in maritime accidents and filings under the Jones Act, general maritime law and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Read the press release

Oil Spill Likely to Lead to Future Workers’ Compensation Claims

On April 20, 2010, Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, leading to 1.3 million gallons of crude oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico per day. By comparison, the Exxon/Valdez spill, which has long been considered the worst environmental disaster in American history, only consisted...

Five Recent Workers’ Comp Cases You Should Know About (7/8/2011) – Supreme Court Says FELA Does Not Use Common Law Concept of Proximate Cause

Larson's Spotlight on FELA, Malicious Prosecution, Tort Action Against Employer, Jones Act, and Retaliatory Termination. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled...

Texas: Oil Well Maintenance Worker Was Not a “Seaman” Under Jones Act

A oil-rig “floorman,” whose duties included assembling, cleaning, and disassembling blowout preventers and piping on oil rigs, was not a “seaman” under the Jones Act [46 U.S.C.S. §§ 30104-30105] since he failed to demonstrate a substantial connection to a vessel in navigation...

US: Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Spar is Not a “Vessel”; Jones Act Claim Fails

A worker employed on “the Mad Dog,” an oil and gas spar platform in the Gulf of Mexico on the Outer Continental Shelf and injured when he was testing one of the Mad Dog’s lifeboats was not a “seaman” under the Jones Act and his Jones Act claim could not proceed, held a federal...

Federal: Cook Was not a Seaman: No Jones Act Liability on Part of Employer

A cook, who spent approximately 6 out of a total of 195 days of his employment engaged in seaman’s work aboard the quarterbarge UNITY was not a seaman under the 30 percent status test set forth in Chandris, Inc. v. Latsis , 515 U.S. 347 (1995), held a federal district court. Accordingly, he could...