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Know your rights if you're hurt on a cruise

When you travel on a cruise ship, there is a chance that you could get hurt. Whether you're working on board or are traveling as a passenger, you want to know that you will be cared for and have the ability to pursue a claim to cover your expenses.

In cases where you're hurt as a result of the cruise ship owner's negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit. For example, if you are a passenger and are hurt due to debris hitting you while in your room, you could argue that the items in your room weren't properly secured for bad weather. Similarly, if you trip in a hallway on a carpet that has bunched up, you may be able to hold the cruise liner responsible.

The dangers of hydrogen sulfide in shipyard work

Shipyard workers face many of the most hazardous work conditions every single day. From slips and falls to heavy equipment, most of these dangers are easy to see. However, one potentially deadly hazard can be hard to detect until it is too late: hydrogen sulfide gas.

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exposure usually occurs while working on a ship's sewage systems. The colorless gas, which is described as smelling like "rotten eggs," can render someone unconscious in a matter of seconds or even kill them.

ExxonMobile's offshore platforms neglected, corroded before close

In 2015, ExxonMobil's offshore drilling platforms located off the California coast were shut down. What was more shocking was that the platforms were widely corroded and suffered from gas leaks and emergencies long before the Refugio Oil Spill that required them to close down operations.

Several reports and inspections were collected by the Center for Biological Diversity in California, which has been raising questions about the condition of the oil-drilling platforms off the coast of California. The agency believes that the drilling platforms need to be shut down.

Can hitting your head in the water cause a brain injury?

Getting hurt on the open sea or in rough waters can be devastating to your health and future. Most people know that there is a risk of drowning in open water, but another risk is a head injury.

When you water ski, go out on a speed boat or participate in other water-based activities, there is a risk that you could hurt your head. You could hit your head on the boat, on the water or even on shore.

Beware of these parasailing dangers

Touring areas like the Gulf Coast can be an exciting time in your life. You love heading out on the water, and this is the perfect place to do it.

The sunny, hot days and warm waters make for a great vacation or day out. You may be interested in going boating, fishing or parasailing, spending your time on activities that you may not get to do at other times of the year.

Be safer on the water with these boating tips

It's a beautiful time of year, so it's no wonder that so many people enjoy heading out on the water. With spring and summer come tourists and visitors to the Gulf Coast and surrounding international waters, and that's where some problems can occur.

People who are unfamiliar with boating laws and regulations may cause trouble for those who go boating regularly. Without knowing the boating laws, it's possible for someone to cause a collision and injure or kill others in another vessel.

Staying safe while operating personal watercraft

The combination of the Florida sun and glittering waters of the Gulf of Mexico draws millions to the beaches each year. Many take the opportunity to rent or take out their own personal watercraft (PWC), including Jet Skis, Wave Runners and Sea Doos.

However, personal watercraft can be dangerous vessels for even the most practiced drivers. In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that of the 4,291 boating accidents that occurred, 18 percent involved PWC. Familiarizing yourself with key safety precautions can contribute to the safety of both yourself and other boaters and swimmers.

Water tubing accidents often cause face and head injuries

Anyone who has gone water tubing knows just how exciting it can be -- at least, until that first big crash. That's when it can get very dangerous, even in a relatively controlled environment.

Often, these accidents lead to face and head injuries, both of which can be very traumatic and may have a lasting impact for years to come. Some severe injuries may even be fatal. In addition, suffering head injuries while in the water puts someone at greater risk of drowning.

Defendant's suicide ends criminal case in boating deaths

When an accident occurs due to someone's negligence and people die, there can be no winners. No consequences can ever bring back the lost loved ones or undo the pain of losing them.

At that point, one of the only options is to let due process play out and hope that the guilty party will be convicted in court. But one Florida family has been denied that resolution by a defendant's suicide.

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