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Maritime And Railroad Injuries Archives

What is the 'Jones Act' in Illinois maritime injury cases?

The history of the United States is inextricably intertwined with the sea. From the earliest days, the country depended on ships and those who operate them, both for security and the economic advantage that comes from the ability to ship goods over large bodies of water. While many people may not think of Illinois as a maritime state, it is important to remember that the great lakes are, in fact, inland seas, and have been the center of waterborne commerce for two centuries.

Injured railroad worker keeps $21 million judgment

Workers often face the risk of serious maritime and railroad injuries and exorbitant medical expenses in Illinois. Recently, a state appeals court affirmed a $21 million judgment for a conductor for the Northern Southern Railway Company who suffered a crushed foot in a work-related accident.

Maritime and railroad injuries require different approaches

Those who choose a profession working on the water or railroads usually have a different approach to life and their daily duties. The fact that they also have different protections on the job is another way that they differ. The Jones Act is likely the most distinct difference in the protections that apply to a marine worker who suffers a work-related injury. Illinois residents who have suffered maritime and railroad injuries still have the right to file injury claims.

Brakes put on sleep testing rule

Regulations intended to prevent many maritime and railroad injuries are, in many cases, not issued until accidents occur and their causes are studied by agencies, such as the National Transportation Safety Board. A recent federal government decision, however, has blocked belated but necessary measures to prevent accidents caused by sleep apnea.

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