Tug boat docked at dusk.
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on December 14, 2021

  American maritime law, particularly the Jones Act, is largely based on a number of federal statutes aimed at protecting the rights of maritime workers. By virtue of being federal laws, maritime law in America takes precedence in any legal action involving injuries at sea, at port, on oil rigs …

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Overhead view of crowded port, with shipping containers and cranes
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on November 26, 2021

The shipping crisis in American ports right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have long-term consequences for every step along the supply chain. Consumers will have a harder time getting the goods they need, shipping companies will face additional economic strain due to the unsold or unmoved pro …

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island with lighthouse being hit by wave
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on October 29, 2021

  The phrase “act of god” can have a lot of meanings, particularly in a legal context. Also known as “Force Majeure”, “act of god” is defined as “an instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation”. Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you’re familiar with the effects – freak weath …

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Fatigued dockworker inside port full of cargo
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on September 24, 2021

In maritime law, the doctrine of unseaworthiness is one of the most versatile aspects when it comes to protecting crew safety.  Maritime requires that shipowners and employers provide every reasonable attempt to keep their crews as safe as possible. In addition to providing the needed training and s …

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engineer working on maintenance in vessel boiler room
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on August 27, 2021

  Unseaworthiness is a term that gets tossed around a lot when it comes to maritime law, but it can actually be more complex than many people think at first. Most sailors or maritime workers hear the phrase “unseaworthy vessel” and imagine some decrepit old boat, full of holes and tears in the …

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Oil platform on the ocean. Offshore drilling for gas and petroleum or crude oil. Industrial
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on July 23, 2021

The prevalence of oil in many maritime industries makes it a nearly constant danger for workers in any field. Oil rigs and drilling platforms obviously pose the greatest risk of exposure to oil and oil spills, but the risk can affect vehicles and other industrial installations on the water all the s …

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Close up of rope on the edge of a boat, with the sea in the background. Shallow depth of field used.
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on June 25, 2021

  For a lot of people, the phrase “unseaworthy” conjures up images of damaged boats with faulty hulls and leaks everywhere – but the reality goes much deeper than that. Unseaworthy vessels, as defined by American maritime law, are any vessel where a given aspect isn’t suitable for its intended …

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By: Contributor on June 2, 2021

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), mainly caused by manual labor, using modern tech devices and office work, is a major concern for those working on the water. RSI is sometimes referred to as repetitive stress, strain, or motion injury. Repetitive motion maritime injuries is a subject touched on our we …

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Super Lawyers Logo 2021
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on May 24, 2021

  Few honors in the legal world are as notable as recognized by Super Lawyers®, especially when it comes to the small pool of maritime lawyers. O’Bryan Baun Karamanian is pleased to announce that Attorney Dennis O’Bryan and Attorney Sean O’Bryan have both been selected for inclusion in the 2021 …

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