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What benefits can a dock worker expect under the LHWCA?

Perhaps you are one of the many dock workers at the Port of New Orleans, and you spend your days loading and unloading cargo.

If you fall and break your leg during a loading operation on a barge, how long do you have to file a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act? Also, what benefits can you expect?

Do you work in one of New Orleans' most dangerous jobs?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of the most dangerous jobs in the country by looking at various factors such as fatalities, on-the-job injuries and other workplace hazards. In New Orleans, there are several industries that fall into the most dangerous jobs list.

If you work in one of these high-risk occupations, you should know how to take extra precautions to stay safe. In addition, you should also prepare to seek compensation for your injuries if you get hurt during the normal course of your work, especially if your employer is at fault for your injuries.

5 ways to stay healthy on your next cruise

You work hard to earn time away from work. When planning your dream vacation, you may be thinking about boarding a cruise ship. After all, cruise vessels have luxurious accommodations, fun recreational opportunities and delicious food. As you probably know, however, passengers often develop gastrointestinal and other issues when onboard. In fact, the CDC has recorded viral outbreaks on nine cruise ships in 2018 alone. 

Avoiding sickness while traveling is important. Even with your best efforts, however, you may become ill on your cruise. If you do, you may want to exercise your legal right to seek compensation for your sickness. Still, you will likely get more out of your cruise by avoiding illness altogether. Here are five ways to stay healthy the next time you take a cruise. 

Could fish slime contribute to your fishing boat accident?

You may be among the many New Orleans residents who make a living as a commercial fisherman. However, the work can be dangerous, and so can conditions on board the fishing vessel.

If you fall and hit your head because of fish slime on the deck, can you file a claim for compensation under the Jones Act?

Were you injured in a collision with a streetcar?

When you think of a motor vehicle crash, you probably visualize a collision between two cars, or a car and a truck. In New Orleans, there can also be a collision with a streetcar.

Our iconic streetcars move slowly, but they are bigger than passenger cars. If you collide with one, you are likely to be on the losing end in terms of injuries.

Safety on offshore oil rigs still has a long way to go

Safety has always been a concern on offshore oil rigs and platforms. Modern technology is making great strides in terms of protecting oil company employees. However, given the increasing worldwide demand for this commodity, the safety of workers is still paramount.

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What to know before motorcycle riding this fall

Have you heard of the Caramel Curves in New Orleans, maybe seeing the feature on the Steve Harvey Show? It is a motorcycle club consisting of all African-American females. The women's passion for motorcycles and decision to wear matching fashion when riding together show just how exciting and unifying the activity can be.

Perhaps they have gotten you to want to take up the biker life. Before you hit the road, however, it is important to know the autumn dangers you may face in the New Orleans area.

How often are work zones a factor in accidents and road deaths?

Road construction is more or less unavoidable in Louisiana, with the state’s roadways regularly in need of repair or expansion, but for many drivers, navigating through road work zones can be confusing, stressful and difficult. Big trucks and large construction equipment can prove hard to see around, for example, and traffic patterns that change from one day to the next can confuse and endanger even local motorists. However, other drivers struggling to make their way through work zones also pose a substantial risk to the motoring public.

Just how much of a hazard is today’s growing number of work zones for Louisiana motorists?

On-deck injuries are common for commercial fishermen

Many commercial fishermen in Louisiana have been around the sea and fishing boats all their lives and know how dangerous an occupation fishing can be.

Poor weather conditions might be at fault for incidents in which commercial fishermen suffer injuries while at sea, but on-deck slip-and-fall accidents are the primary cause of non-fatal injuries.

New Orleans is home to more cyclists and bike-related injuries

If you are new to The Crescent City, you may not realize how much bicycle enthusiasts have embraced New Orleans. Autumn is on its way, which is a great time for bike lovers to enjoy riding. However, cyclists are vulnerable to injury, especially when they are in close proximity to motorists.

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