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Have You Been Injured in a Cruise Ship Slip-and-Fall?

Posted on August 31, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

In a decision that could have ramifications in future cases, recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that a lower court should not have dismissed the testimony of an expert in a slip-and-fall case. According to Daily Business Review, the decision came after a district court judge in Florida ruled that a plaintiff’s expert witness relied on “slipperiness standards that apply only to crew members and waited too long to test the surface.” However, the appeals court ruled that the same standards for crewmembers should apply to everyone on cruise ships, including passengers. The woman involved in the case slipped on a Norwegian Sky pool deck and fractured her wrist. There was reportedly a year and a half delay between the woman’s accident and her experts’ testing of the surface, which was questioned by the lower court. Keep in mind, plaintiffs must get a court order…
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What Are My Legal Rights After a Barge Accident?

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

As of last week, search and recovery crews were trying to find a missing boater in Florence, Alabama following a barge accident. According to The TimesDaily, a barge struck a pontoon boat with eight people onboard on August 15, less than a mile from the Wilson Dam. An initial investigation determined that the pontoon might have stalled in the barge lane of Wilson Lake. All eight people aboard the pontoon were knocked into the water during the collision, with six being rescued. Crews were able to recover the body of a 79-year-old woman who drowned several hours after the accident, but were still trying to locate another man, 62. The missing man was reportedly from out-of-state and visiting relatives who lived in Muscle Shoals when the accident took place. Crewmembers aboard the barge were able to pull the six other victims from the water and they were transported to an…
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Can I File a Lawsuit Following a Crabbing Accident?

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

If your loved one is a commercial angler, fisherman or crabber, and he or she has been injured or killed in a maritime accident, you should know that there are specific laws that may apply to your case. For example, if your loved one is involved in fishing or scalloping and he or she is involved in an offshore accident, under the Jones Act, you may be able to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills. To recover damages under the Jones Act, you must show that an employer’s negligence played a part, however small, in producing injuries or was involved in his or her death. Additionally, if your loved one has been killed in an accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit or file a claim under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOSHA). Different laws can apply to your…
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