Injured at Sea? Take Note: Seaman Negligence Claims Are Easier to Prove than Most

Workers in most jobs are covered by workers’ compensation laws. These laws were passed long ago to make it easier for a person hurt on the job to recover money from his or her employer. As a trade-off to making recovery easier for employees, employer costs for workers compensation are generally less than if recovery […]

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Injured Seamen Cannot Recover Punitive Damages When Injury Is Due to Lack of Seaworthiness

Maritime workers who are injured or killed in the course of employment because of negligence cannot receive punitive damages. That was the conclusion of an en banc decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in McBride v. Estis Well Service, L.L.C. This came after a brief flirtation by the circuit with a departure from […]

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