Think Twice Before Loaning Out Your Jet Ski or Waverunner

Texans own nearly 600,000 boats, putting the state at number six nationally. Getting out on the water can be a relaxing and refreshing way to escape the Texas heat. But, ensuring that boats and personal watercraft (PWC) are operated by qualified boaters is critical. Although the state mandates boater education for operators born after September […]

Cruise Ship Passengers Stranded at Sea Now Left Stranded by the Law

Being stuck on a cruise ship may sound like a good time, but thousands of passengers on a 2013 Carnival cruise got a hard lesson in reality when they were stranded on board in the Gulf of Mexico for five days. After a fire broke out in the engine room, the ship was disabled. Refrigeration […]

Criuse Ship Illness – Can You Sue the Cruise Line?

Cruising has many obvious pleasures – unlimited food and drink, onboard activities and events, excursions to ports of call in exotic locations – but it also has potential health hazards. If you become sick while on a cruise vacation, can you sue the cruise line? The answer depends on your medical expenses and other losses […]

Offshore Explosion on Echo Platform in Gulf of Mexico Kills 1, Injures 3

In compliance with federal regulations, Fieldwood Energy, L.L.C. reported  an explosion occurring on their Echo Platform to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).  The explosion occurred Thursday, November 20th, 2014, shortly before 3:00 p.m. According to a statement released by the BSEE, one contractor working on the oil and gas platform was killed […]

Carnival Triumph Passenger Conditions Appalling

The Carnival cruise ship Triumph is nearing the Georgia shore, and passengers finally have cell phone reception to get in touch with their loved ones and report the conditions on board the ship.  According to passengers on board the conditions are appalling; raw sewage is overflowing throughout the ship, passengers have suffered injuries, and they […]

U.S.S. Ronald Reagan Sailors Filing Suit Over Radiation Exposure by Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Hit By Tsunami

A lawsuit has been filed in California Federal Court, arising from the aftermath of the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami strike on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011.  Following the Fukushima disaster,  The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, hailing from San Diego, California, with approximately 5,500 crew members responded to the relief effort Japan […]

Black Elk Oil Rig Explosion Claims Second Death

A massive explosion occurred on an offshore oil rig about 25 miles from the southern coast of Louisiana on November 16, 2012.  The blast sent 11 workers to the hospital, two people dead, and two missing.  Four of the injured men suffered critical injuries. Today one of the critically injured men was pronounced dead at the […]

Maritime Accidents: What statutes of limitation apply?

The Uniform Statute of Limitations for Maritime Torts The Uniform Statute of Limitations for Maritime Torts provides a general three year statute of limitations barring claims arising from injury or death occurring on navigable waters during a traditional maritime activity three years after the cause of action accrues. The Uniform Statute applies to actions under the […]