When OSHA is mentioned, some in New Orleans may think that that agency's jurisdiction is limited to indoor workspaces. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is authorized to regulate all work environments including longshore and marine terminals. The federal authority to regulate these work areas comes from the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 or the OSH Act. Part 1910, Subpart B of the federal OSHA regulations extended the established federal standards of the OSH Act. This extension included standard number 1910.16, which covers longshoring and marine terminals.
Some time ago, this blog reported on the January 24, 2013 shooting of a LaPlace woman. At the time, the family had vowed to pursue a wrongful death claim against Louisiana State Police. Recently, a decision was rendered on the wrongful death claim.
Earlier this month, the aftermath of the BP oil spill marked a new milestone. The penalty phase has now ended for the BP oil trial. This brings an end to almost two years of hard fought litigation. BP has paid almost $35 billion in penalties to date. Now one New Orleans writer is calling for an end to BP's sorrows.
Injured seaman should be aware of the legal protections that exist to help them when harmed on the job. An offshore drilling company is being sued in Louisiana by a worker asserting he was injured in an on-the-job accident. The offshore worker asserts he suffered severe and disabling injuries. The man has brought the lawsuit based on the Jones Act. He asserts he was injured while working on a submersible offshore drilling rig. The lawsuit alleges the offshore company was negligent which led to his injuries. The worker is seeking damages including lost wages, lost income and medical expenses.
For one offshore worker, the miracle of the season is that he is still alive to experience it. After the boat where he was working had an explosion, crew members were left clinging to a life raft awaiting rescue.
No one in Louisiana enjoys being sick. When an illness or accident results in a trip to the hospital, the circumstances can lead to increased stress. Physicians and other support providers work hard to give the best possible care to their patients. However, there are times when medical mistakes are made and death results. Family members may seek to file a wrongful death or a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Because the aftermath of the massive BP oil spill that affected the Gulf Coast years ago, this blog continues to cover the issues this event continues to present. There have been many ups and downs for plaintiffs seeking to recover for loss due to the spill. No settlement payments were made from October 2013 to May 2014, while the oil giant sought to challenge the settlement in court. Recently, a pair of businesses was denied a timely payment of their settlement by the Circuit Court of Appeals.
Tragedy could suddenly occur on or near Louisiana roadways when a driver fails to maintain control of their vehicle. A serious or even fatal accident could be the result of a driver's negligence. Whether they were speeding, distracted, fatigued or intoxicated, these actions could significantly affect the lives of others. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, they owe a certain duty of care. Failure to uphold that duty could be the cause of a fatal automobile collision.
The nation recently paused to recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service during Memorial Day weekend, a time when family and friends usually get together at various gatherings throughout the country. However, one family is now dealing with the aftermath of losing a member after a 49-year-old woman lost her life in a car accident.
Spring is a great season for many to dust off their motorcycles and head out on the open road. Many motorcycle riders likely enjoy the sense of freedom that a motorcycle allows. A motorcycle allows riders to experience a wide range of motion and actively engage in their riding experience, leaning to turn and using their bodyweight to steer the vehicles.