Maritime Law

Defense Contractor Lobbying: Why We Build Military Equipment We Don’t Need

Each year, about 40 percent of the federal government’s discretionary spending is used to purchase goods and services. The government contracts with various companies to purchase the goods and services it or the country requires. During the fiscal year 2018, the federal government spent more than $550 billion on contracts.  Just under two-thirds of that… read more

Update on the Houston Ship Channel Vessel Collision 2019

It wasn’t that long ago that the Houston Ship Channel closed due a tanker collision. On May 10, 2019, the 755-foot tanker Genesis River collided with a tug boat pushing two barges. This collision caused the release of reformate and other petrochemicals into the Bay’s ecosystem. This has, in turn, affected many of the shrimpers… read more

Filing a Jones Act Claim in Texas

The Jones Act is a federal statute that provides a unique avenue of recourse for injured sea workers. Since these workers are not eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits through Texas’ state-regulated system, sea workers can collect benefits to address their occupational injuries by filing a Jones Act claim. If you sustain an injury while… read more

Workers’ Compensation Claims vs. The Jones Act

If you suffered harm in the workplace, you may be eligible to file a claim to pay for your medical bills, compensate for your lost wages, and more. Your avenue for recourse will depend on the nature of your workplace, its level of coverage, and even the industry you work in. Here’s what you need… read more

How to File a Claim Against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

If you suffer an illness or injury while on a Royal Caribbean cruise, it may be possible to file a claim against the company. This might be the case if your incident stemmed from negligence on the part of the cruise line or one of its employees. Here are three steps to take if you… read more

San Jacinto River: Body Found after Tug Boat Overturns

April 19, 2016, Harris County, TX — The body of a drowned man was recovered by the Harris County Sherrif’s Office Marine Unit in cooperation with the US Coast Guard after a tugboat capsized on the San Jacinto River Tuesday morning. Security video that clearly shows the tugboat capsizing while working with a barge has… read more

Tradegy Strikes on the Trinity II

On September 7,  2011, as Tropical Storm Nate was quickly turning into Hurricane Nate, the captain of the Trinity II, located in the Bay of Campeche, requested for ships in the area to help evacuate his crew of 1o, with no answer or commitment to come help the 10 were forced to evacuate on September… read more

New Zealand Oil spill

There has been a new environmental disaster in New Zealand, where a ship was the cause of a leakage of  an impressive amount of oil into the ocean. This happened when the ship crashed with a reef on the coast of the country, dropping about 70 containers  filled with Diesel and oil. The crack in… read more