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Law Offices of Preston Easley
 Maritime Accident Attorneys • Serving California & Hawaii

Experienced Trial Lawyers for Maritime Injuries and Accident Claims Involving:


• Passengers

• Seamen

• Longshoremen

Information and Resources

OSHA Guidelines And Shipyard Worker Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has deemed shipyard work to be an extremely dangerous occupation, recording more than twice the number of reported injuries in shipyard workers as among the general construction business.

OSHA recommends a set of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines to help reduce the risk of serious injury or death on the job in shipyards and dockyards...

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Statute of Limitations on Maritime Claims

The statute of limitations on filing claims covered by maritime law are relatively short so it is important that you contact The Law Offices of Preston Easley as soon as possible to learn about your rights and get legal advice about pursuing compensation you may be entitled to receive. In general, the statutes of limitations for maritime law claims are ... Continue reading

Overview of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides employment-injury and occupational-disease protection to approximately 500,000 workers who are injured or contract occupational diseases occurring on the navigable waters of the United States, or in adjoining areas, and for certain other classes of workers covered by extensions of this Act.

These benefits are paid directly by an authorized self-insured employer; or through an authorized insurance carrier; or, in particular circumstances, by a special fund administered directly by the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

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Workers’ Compensation: The Rules of the System

Under the Longshore Act head, neck, back, shoulder and hip injuries are unscheduled and only pay when you have a future wage loss, in which case you are entitled to 2/3 ofyour weekly wage loss for life. Arms and legs have a small fixed or "scheduled" value. Your employer may terminate you and put you in vocational rehabilitation if you insist on permanent work restrictions for an arm or leg injury...

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California Forklift and Crane Accident Attorney

Visit any major port in California, and you'll see longshoremen lifting and manipulating multi-ton shipping containers with the aid of massive forklifts and cranes. Much of the grunt work of modern marine commerce involves packing, loading, unloading and unpacking these 20- to 40-foot long containers, hundreds of which can be stacked on large barges and other marine vessels. Although the containers themselves are fairly standardized, their contents are not, ranging from clothing to machine parts to toxic chemicals which pose an added risk to unwary workers... Continue reading

Accidental Injuries Involving the Navy

Lawsuits against the U.S. Navy most often involve civilian ship workers employed at naval shipyards or on naval vessels. The U.S. Navy has a duty to maintain safe conditions for its non-enlisted workers, and not to put civilian employees at unnecessary risk. If you are injured as as the result of an accident on a Navy ship or in a Navy shipyard, you may be entitled to file for damages under the Jones Act (which applies to maritime workers in general) and/or the Public Vessels Act (which applies to claims involving U.S.-owned vessels)... Continue reading