Experienced Maritime Attorneys BLOG

Do Hit and Run Boating Accidents Happen?

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

A little girl was injured in a boating accident when the boat that she was on was crashed into by another vessel, which then promptly fled the area. She was the only injury among seven passengers, three of which were children. The owner of the boat alleges that the other boat was speeding towards them without any lights. The operator of the speeding boat ignored calls to stop, ran into the side of the boat and then took off. Fortunately, the children had life preservers on. It is believed that two people were in the runaway vessel, which may have measured about 30 feet. Proper investigation by governmental agencies will need to occur to find the boat that was involved in the collision.  In some instances, it may be contacting local marinas to find boats that are being repaired or identifying vessels in the area through different vessel tracking systems….
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Can Asbestos Cause Maritime Deaths?

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

A fatal occupational disease has led to a $3.6 million lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Line. An employee for the cruise ship died because of prolonged exposure to asbestos throughout his 15-year employment history with the company. He was eventually diagnosed with lung cancer caused by asbestos. This lawsuit is the first cruise ship asbestos case to land in court. How is Asbestos Dangerous to Maritime Employees? Asbestos, when intact, is generally harmless. However, it is a mineral that can release carcinogens in the air when it is disturbed. Inhaling these carcinogens can cause serious or fatal illnesses. In addition to lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis are common ailments. It is estimated that about 100,000 people in the ship building industry have died due to asbestos exposure. Steamships are one of the most common vessels that use asbestos to isolate boilers, steam engines and pipes. Latti & Anderson LLP has a…
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Were There Any Maritime Deaths in the Recent Hawaii Storm?

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

Recently, a 74-foot sailing vessel named Hawai’i Aloha capsized and grounded near Kaupulehu. The entire crew had to abandon ship, using life rafts to escape, but one crewmember is still missing after several days. The Hawai’i Aloha’s grounding is just one of similar ship groundings that happened on the same weekend in Hawaii because of a storm, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The largest ship grounded in the storm was a 780-foot container ship in Honolulu Harbor. What Kind of Injuries Can I Suffer on a Sailing Vessel? In the video above, maritime injury lawyer David Anderson discusses the many different types of injuries that can be sustained on the water. A maritime attorney can help you in your attempt to collect compensation for past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses and for pain and suffering. In the event of death, it is…
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