Yesterday, the owners of the dive boat CONCEPTION, Truth Aquatics Inc., filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court in Los Angeles to limit and possibly, eliminate, their liability in the fire and sinking of the CONCEPTION and the death of 33 passengers and crew, while the NTSB and investigators are searching diligently to discover answers … Continue reading The Filing of the Petition of Limitation of Liability-What Does This Mean for the Families of Passengers and Crew of the Conception?
Latti and Anderson LLP would like to take a moment to wish you and your family health and happiness this holiday season. We continue to work for the maritime community in assisting with injuries or death resulting from negligence and unseaworthiness of vessels. This year, Latti & Anderson LLP helped a New Bedford scallop fisherman … Continue reading A Note from Latti and Anderson LLP
Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) puts together a report called Safer Seas Digest. This publication is aimed at helping mariners and boat owners prevent future accidents. It details the accident investigations completed that year and the lessons learned from those incidents. Here are some of the lessons we learned from this year’s … Continue reading What Lessons Did the 2017 NTSB Maritime Accident Report Teach Us?
On October 1, 2015, the cargo vessel El Faro disappeared on its way to San Juan, Puerto Rico. According to the Coast Guard, the vessel sailed too close to Hurricane Joaquin and sank, taking the lives of all 33 people on board. Now, Congress is trying to prevent similar tragedies from happening. Will this new … Continue reading Has the Sinking of El Faro Changed Maritime Law?
The U.S. Coast Guard has recently issued a letter regarding the new Subchapter M for vessel inspections and new inspection agreements. They clearly state that “on July 20, 2018, vessel owners and operators will be responsible for ensuring that their vessels comply with the provisions of 46 CFR Subchapter M…vessels are required to obtain a … Continue reading What Are the New Inspection Agreements That Vessel Operators Must Now Agree to?
If you’re injured in a car accident, filing a claim can be simple. However, if you are a passenger injured in an accident at sea, filing maritime injury claims can be complicated. After all, you have to determine a few factors before you can file a claim, including: Was the ship seaworthy? Did the accident … Continue reading Things Passengers Need to Know About Filing Maritime Injury Claims
A vessel is a broad term that is not limited to a ship or a boat. A vessel can also include production platforms, offshore oil rigs, barges, moored casino boats or even helicopters. Unseaworthiness is any unsafe condition on a vessel that causes injury. Ship owners and operators by law have a duty to ensure … Continue reading What Makes a Vessel Unseaworthy?
A longshoreman was driving a yard mule truck loaded with granite and iron bars at the Sun Terminals shipping container yard when it collided with a golf cart in a four-way intersecting path. The driver of the golf cart died and the longshoreman sustained injuries. It seems the shipping yard does not have signs or … Continue reading Is This Injured Longshoreman Protected By Maritime Law?
When any other worker is injured on land, they typically file for workers’ compensation. When maritime workers are injured in U.S. navigable waters, they are protected under the Jones Act. When a maritime worker is injured on land, they are typically protected under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or Longshore Act for short. … Continue reading Am I Protected Under the Defense Base Act After a Maritime Accident?
Maritime workers are not just limited to working on vessels at sea. They are also responsible for building, unloading and guiding ships. Types of land-based maritime workers can include: Longshoremen Dock workers Ship builders Harbor workers Stevedores When a maritime worker who doesn’t work on the water sustains an injury, there may be a moment … Continue reading What Happens When a Maritime Worker is Injured On Land?
Do injuries suffered on recreational boats in shallow water fall under admiralty jurisdiction? According to the U.S. Second Court of Appeals, they do, despite a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that narrowed admiralty jurisdiction. High Stakes for Victim of Diving Injury In 2011, a Syracuse, New York man took a summer trip on a boat in … Continue reading How Did An Appeals Court Expand Admiralty Law?
Professional Mariner reports that the U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners to use caution around the San Francisco coast, as recovery teams are searching for missing containers from a cargo ship that may be hazardous. According to the news outlet, the containers were lost from a ship in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, west … Continue reading Coast Guard: Hazardous Containers Off the San Francisco Coast
CNN reported that rescue workers were attempting to find a woman off the coast of Cuba last month who went overboard during a cruise ship dance party. The woman allegedly fell from the deck of the Norwegian Pearl, 22 miles off the coast of Cuba. Officials with the cruise line said in a statement that … Continue reading Woman Falls Overboard Cruise Ship During Dance Party
As we reported in this August 2014 blog, cruise ship assaults are often perpetuated by employees and/or other passengers aboard vessels. If you are assaulted on a cruise line, you should be aware that you might have specific legal rights. Depending upon where and when the alleged assault took place, you may be able to … Continue reading Do Cruise Ship Assault Victims Have Legal Rights?
In an update to a series of blog posts, it was reported last week that lawsuits were beginning to be filed against the operators of the El Faro vessel that is believed to have sank off the coast of the Bahamas on October 1. According to the Florida Times-Union, a lawsuit has been filed on … Continue reading El Faro Lawsuits Filed: Here’s What You Should Know
According to LouisianaRecord.com, a longshoreman has filed a lawsuit following a forklift accident aboard a vessel, which resulted in the loss of his leg. The news source reported that the lawsuit was filed in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court against Volunteer Barge & Transport, Inc. The victim, a New Orleans man, claims that in … Continue reading Longshoreman Files Lawsuit Following Forklift Accident
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 … Continue reading Can I File a Lawsuit Following a Crabbing Accident?
According to the Louisiana Record, a longshoreman has filed a lawsuit against two Mississippi businesses alleging that he was injured in an offshore vessel collision. The news outlet reported that the plaintiff filed the lawsuit on June 5 against C-Log Marine LLC and C-Log LLC in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of … Continue reading Can a Longshoreman File an Injury Lawsuit?
People who work in the maritime industry face challenges that can place high stress levels on them. Whether it is rough seas, little time with family or jobs with heavy physical demands, stress management is becoming more important. With this in mind, recently a column in Professional Mariner by Capt. Kelly Sweeney discussed this issue. … Continue reading Is Stress Management Important in the Maritime Industry?
National Maritime Day is May 22, aimed at recognizing the benefits of the maritime industry. The holiday is observed on the same date each year because it is the day that the steamship Savannah set sail from Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power in 1819. The US Congress officially created the … Continue reading May 22 is National Maritime Day
According to Professional Mariner, new regulations require that ships sailing internationally must provide crewmembers with enclosed space drills every two months. The news outlet reported that vessels operating under Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) must now participate in training programs about the dangers of enclosed spaces to prevent injury and death incidents. The International … Continue reading Will New Training Regulations Prevent Deaths and Injuries at Sea?
The maritime attorneys, Carolyn Latti and David Anderson, of Latti & Anderson, are happy to announce that they will be speaking at the 2015 Education Seminar for the Mariners Club of Massachusetts on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Registration for the seminar will begin at 9 a.m. and attorneys David Anderson and Carolyn Latti are expected … Continue reading Latti and Anderson Speaking at Education Seminar
Are There Noise Regulations for Ship Machinery? Did you know that there are regulations in place to protect mariners from ships making excessive noise? These regulations are designed to save maritime workers from injuries that could occur like hearing loss. Last July, under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), a … Continue reading Are There Noise Regulations for Ship Machinery?
Can Crabbers Sue Over Maritime Injuries? Are you a commercial fisherman or crabber? If you are, you should know that there are various laws that protect you in the event of a maritime injury. These laws protect all commercial anglers, regardless of whether they are captains, mates, deck bosses, engineers, cooks or deck hands. Keep … Continue reading Can Crabbers Sue Over Maritime Injuries?
From 2000 to 2009, 60 maritime workers died in man-overboard accidents while working on the waterways of the United States. In an effort to prevent man-overboard fatalities, the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (also known as The American Club) implemented a loss prevention program called Man Overboard! in November. Man Overboard! … Continue reading What Is Being Done to Prevent Man-Overboard Accidents?
Boats with tunnel hulls are built to capture a pocket of air under the hull, which helps reduce drag on the outside of the hull, allowing the vessel to handle better at higher speeds. Unfortunately, instead of handling better, a 17-foot tunnel hull boat reportedly handled worse, because it was allegedly used in the wrong … Continue reading Is the Boat That My Employer Has Me Using Safe?
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a form of workers’ comp that provides those who are not members of a vessel crew with compensation if they are injured while working on or near the water, including: Damages for lost body parts Death benefits for surviving dependents Two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage … Continue reading Does Maritime Law Apply If I’m Hurt on Land Near the Water?
Could Someone with Multiple Sclerosis Be on a Boat Crew? In June, Oceans of Hope, a 67-foot yacht crewed by multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, set out on a voyage around the world, according to Multiple Sclerosis News Today. The crew will have up to 10 international MS patients for each leg of the voyage. Their … Continue reading Could Someone with Multiple Sclerosis Be on a Boat Crew?
As maritime trial lawyer David Anderson explains in the video above, the Longshore Act provides workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers who are not members of a vessel crew, including: Dockworkers Harbor workers Longshoremen Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came down on a Norfolk, Virginia shipyard, citing multiple safety violations, according to … Continue reading Does My Employer Have to Keep the Shipyard I Work in Safe?
As maritime trial lawyer David Anderson explains in the video above, in some cases, following a tugboat or barge accident, workers who were hurt in the incident can get the money they need for hospital bills and living expenses through maintenance and cure, which provides a daily amount of money to cover living costs, including: … Continue reading How Can I Get the Help I Need After a Tugboat Accident?
The small vessel general permit (sVGP) regulations are rules governed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that are set to go into effect December 19, 2014. According to Professional Mariner, the sVGP will require all commercial vessels less than 79 feet in length to have regularly conducted inspections performed upon them while they … Continue reading What Are the Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) Regulations?
The Jones Act has recently come under fire as businesses, oil refiners and think tanks push for repeal of the law in upcoming sessions. However, the Jones Act does more than just provide a cause of action for workers harmed by their employers – it protects American jobs. How Does the Jones Act Protect American … Continue reading How Does the Jones Act Protect American Maritime Workers?
Am I at Risk of Inert Gas Suffocation in an Enclosed Space? Inert gases like argon don’t do much, which is why they are so useful in manual labor, like welding, where the work has to be performed in a non-combustible atmosphere to prevent fires or, worse, explosions, but while argon can make the work environment … Continue reading Am I at Risk of Inert Gas Suffocation in an Enclosed Space?
Recently, a towing vessel anchored next to two Kirby barges at the Oil Recovery Company Gas Freeing Terminal (ORC), unaware that the barges were being cleared of residual diesel, sparked a fire that spread to the barges and finally resulted in explosions. Three sustained serious burn injuries. How Did This Explosion Happen at an ORC … Continue reading Did a Lack of Employee Training Cause an On-Site Explosion?
Could Drones Replace Human Captains on Cargo Ships? 75 percent of accidents at sea are caused by human error. A European Union-funded research project called MUNIN is hoping to make the seas a whole lot safer by creating autonomous ships that can sail themselves from port to port using drones. Are Drones Safer than Humans? … Continue reading Could Drones Replace Human Captains on Cargo Ships?
Unforeseen accidents can happen at any time on a ferry; crews must be prepared for any eventuality. Sometimes, even the best trained crew can only stand by helplessly as a passenger does something no one could have prepared for. Earlier this month, when a driver aboard one of the vessels in the Cape May-Lewes Ferry … Continue reading What Happens When Cars Crash on a Ferry?
Latti & Anderson LLP is a family-owned firm that helps those injured at sea and on land, and has been doing so for more than five decades. Our maritime attorneys represent injured clients from not just New England but all over the country. Partner Carolyn Latti took over the firm her father, Michael Latti, started … Continue reading Maritime Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Those Injured at Sea or On Land
The safe and efficient operation of a boat is greatly enhanced when mariners are given adequate shore leave. These furloughs are also proven to be beneficial to seafarers’ general wellbeing. Many sailors, however, are routinely denied shore leave by their bosses, because they do not have visas. The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 (MLC) requires … Continue reading Mariners Denied Shore Leave When Owners Fail To Pay For Visas
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed three bills this month that should dramatically improve recreational boating safety. Under one bill, anyone born after 1998 will be required to complete a boating safety course before they can operate a boat with a 10 horsepower engine or greater. In a second bill, a person’s boat can be seized … Continue reading New Illinois Laws Will Increase Boating Safety
Uber, the popular smartphone-based taxi service, tried out a new ferry service in East Boston and the Boston Harbor last month. Going by the name of UberBOAT, the service ran for two weeks in June while the fledgling company measured demand before deciding how many resources to pour into a full time ferry service. The … Continue reading Uber Ferry Service Tested in East Boston
The Coast Guard has decided that mariners need to prove continued proficiency in firefighting abilities. After 2016, maritime officers will be required to update their firefighting course work every five years. Sailors’ fire training is currently mandatory for officers who travel internationally, but they only have to take the full course once. After that, they … Continue reading Mariners Must Renew Fire Training
Another Chemical Spill, This Time Asphalt Nearly 11,000 gallons of asphalt spilled into the Mystic River, near Everett, MA, earlier this month. The Coast Guard is monitoring the cleanup efforts. Apparently this spill was caused by a hose failure, but luckily there have been no known environmental impacts. The liquid asphalt has solidified around the … Continue reading Another Chemical Spill, This Time Asphalt
The U.S. Coast Guard reports that during a November fishing expedition, a 72-foot trawler and its seven-member crew were 150 miles southeast of Cape Cod, when the engineer noticed loose bolts on the stuffing box housing. The whole unit was moving freely with the propulsion shaft. The owner and port engineer advised the onboard engineer … Continue reading The Owner Of My Ship Ignores Safety Guidelines. What Can I Do?
We are at the Commercial Marine Expo today, and it is amazing! There are so many wonderful people, exhibits and demonstrations going on—if you are in the area, why not come on down to the State Pier in New Bedford? We will be here until 4 p.m., and all day tomorrow! As we mentioned last … Continue reading Join Us At The Commercial Marine Expo Today
During a day trip off Cape Disappointment, a Washington-based wooden crab boat caught fire with the skipper and two deckhands on board. One of the deckhands heard odd sounds coming from the engine room. He remembered that the vessel’s hydraulic system, which had been a problem before, had recently been repaired. Just as he entered … Continue reading What Should I Do If My Boat Catches Fire?
In the wake of an incident that left a fisherman with severe injuries, our firm was able to help him recover a $925,000 settlement. Prior to suffering the injuries, the man was working on a boat owned and operated by the Dona Martita Fishing Co. LLC, which is based out of Massachusetts. The incident that … Continue reading Our Lawyers Help Fisherman Secure $925,000 Settlement
2014 Commercial Marine Expo Coming to New Bedford June 11-12 The Commercial Marine Expo is set to return to the State Pier in New Bedford, Massachusetts June 11-12, 2014. As the Atlantic Seaboard’s largest commercial marine trade show, the Commercial Marine Expo offers those in the maritime industry the opportunity to see hundreds of exhibitors, … Continue reading 2014 Commercial Marine Expo Coming to New Bedford June 11-12
A fall overboard claimed the life of an 81-year-old deck hand, who died after falling off the ferry he was working on, according to Professional Mariner. The accident happened on the Ohio River in between Constance, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. The 81 year old was a former ferry captain. He had to retire due to … Continue reading Deck Hand Dies After Fall from Ohio River Ferry
Captain Facing Unlicensed Operation Charges After Ship Sinks According to a report in Professional Mariner magazine, the captain of a catamaran that capsized has been charged with operating without a license. There were 30 passengers onboard when the custom-built boat sank near downtown Miami. Prior to sinking, the catamaran began to take on water as … Continue reading Captain Facing Unlicensed Operation Charges After Ship Sinks
Our firm was able to secure a $307,500 settlement for a woman who was injured in a boating accident caused by the driver hitting multiple wakes at full speed. Prior to the incident, the woman, her best friend and several other passengers were riding in a vessel being operated by the defendant. They were returning … Continue reading Firm Secures $307,500 Settlement for Boating Accident Victim
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