Experienced Maritime Attorneys BLOG

Legal Rights for Injured Commercial Fishermen

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

Are you a commercial fisherman? If you work in the maritime industry, you should know that commercial fishermen have one of the highest occupational fatality rates in the country, often due to safety lapses on the part of employers and ship owners. Commercial fishermen work on boats including clamming vessels, offshore lobster boats, crab boats, seiners, gillnetters, trawlers, long liners, trollers and processing vessels. When an angler is working, he or she can be put at risk for an injury or death if an employer operates a vessel that is not sea worthy or allows negligent acts to occur. Our maritime injury attorneys have represented commercial anglers who have been injured because of poor equipment maintenance, a lack of safety procedures aboard vessels and human errors. These fishermen have served in various capacities on vessels, as we have represented captains, mates, engineers, deckhands, processors, cooks and lumpers. If you are…
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Woman Sentenced For Fatal S.C. Boat Accident

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

According to the Independent Mail, a South Carolina woman was sentenced to one year in jail recently after she was involved in a boat accident last year that killed a 9-year-old and 5-month old. The news source reported that Dawn Thompson, 53, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to jail, plus five years of probation. The boat accident occurred as Thompson operated a vessel near a dock on Lake Hartwell. The vessel reportedly capsized and sank as it was approaching the dock. Prior to the accident, people aboard the boat, a 19-foot Hurricane vessel, were out on an island drinking. After the accident, it was discovered that Thompson had a blood alcohol level of 0.065, near the legal intoxication level of 0.08. She also had prescription drugs in her system, several of which came with warnings not to mix alcohol with them. There were reportedly…
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Barge Captain Sentenced to Prison for Fatal Accident

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

The Chicago Tribune reported recently that the captain of a boat that was pushing a barge that exploded in 2005 has been sentenced to jail in connection to a seaman’s death. According to the Tribune, the captain, Dennis M. Egan, 36, was found guilty of one count of negligent manslaughter of a seaman and one count of negligently discharging oil pollution to a navigable waterway. Egan was operating a vessel that was pulling a barge when it exploded, killing a deckhand and spilling thousands of gallons of a petroleum product into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. A judge found that Egan ordered the worker who died to use a propane torch to heat a frozen discharge pump before the explosion happened. The barge was traveling to the Ameropan Oil facility in Chicago when the incident occurred in a busy waterway. The explosion reportedly sent debris onto nearby bridges and…
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