If you work offshore and have suffered injuries while performing your duties, you may be interested in claiming compensation. Providing that you weren’t responsible for the incident, a specialist lawyer may be able to help you take legal action.
What Type of Compensation Can You Claim?
The law regarding offshore injuries and compensation claims can be complex. With various legislation governing the type of compensation you’re eligible to receive, it can be difficult to know exactly what you’re able to claim for.
If you’re a seaman and you’re injured due to someone else’s negligence, for example, you may be eligible to obtain compensation under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Alternatively, if you work in a port or on a rig, you may be able to make a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). As the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) extended the law to cover workers on fixed offshore platforms, there are various legal routes to obtaining compensation for offshore injuries.
Fortunately, you won’t have to navigate this path alone. With help from a specialist offshore injury lawyer, you can access the expertise you need to make a comprehensive claim for compensation. Although this area of the law is complicated, choosing a lawyer who specializes in offshore injury claims will ensure you have someone on your side who understands the intricacies of the law.
When Should You Claim Compensation for Offshore Injuries?
When you’ve been hurt or injured, it can take some time to accept what’s happened. The shock of being involved in a serious incident can last for days or even weeks, and you may feel unable to begin legal proceedings during this time.
Furthermore, it may not be immediately apparent how serious your injuries are. Clinicians may want to carry out additional testing in the weeks following the incident before they can deliver a prognosis. Although you won’t want to rush into taking legal action after an offshore accident, it’s important to note that there are time limits on how long you’ve got to make your claim.
You must file a complaint with specific bodies, such as the federal government, and notify your employers of the incident before you will be eligible to make a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) for example. As there are strict deadlines for doing this, your eligibility to obtain compensation could be lost if you don’t take action quickly.
Making a Claim for Offshore Injuries
Although taking legal action and making a claim for compensation may seem daunting, it needn’t be stressful. Once you have retained the services of a specialist offshore injury attorney, they will be able to handle every aspect of your claim for you. This professional support and unrivalled expertise will enable you to focus on your recovery while your lawyer fights your claim.
Due to the time limits and deadlines enforced, there’s no time to waste when it comes to claiming compensation for offshore injuries. By making your claim efficiently, you could increase your chances of obtaining compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.
Samuel Leeds Buys Shares In Property Tribes; Says He Wants To Make It Better
People in UK property circles may be familiar with the very public dispute between former MTV presenter, property investor, and community manager of the company Property Tribes, Vanessa Warwick, & property investment trainer and owner of the company ‘Property Investors’, Samuel Leeds; as Leeds has accused Warwick of assisting with racism and discrimination against ethnic minority tenants. In recent news, Samuel Leeds was reported to have bought a 35% share of the company Property Tribes, making him officially now a person of significant control at Property Tribes.
Warwick established Property Tribes to accumulate wisdom from various property owners and landlords to create a place of guidance for people in the industry to do business better. According to the company,
“We wanted to create a free use, safe, and agenda-free place for landlords to get information from a “hive mind”, not a singularity, so that they could learn and grow their property business.”
However, in one of his recent videos, Samuel Leeds pointed out blatant support of racism in some of the advice coming from Warwick herself. As one of the landlords asks on the forum – if they would be implicated by the race discrimination laws in the UK for refusing tenancy to Bangladeshi families as the landlord is not fond of the smell of their staple food, curry; Vanessa Warwick herself is seen advising against mentioning the reason for said refusal, thus averting the legal repercussions altogether.
In the video, Leeds points out several more situations where Warwick has behaved in a racist manner. In fact, she has become a new advisor on the panel of the UK’s Property Redress Scheme and has been under criticism in their forum as well for supporting discrimination against ethnic minorities.
Warwick also expressed strong disapproval of Leeds as a property trainer citing the reason that his students came from the “vulnerable” demographic. Leeds called out the racist mindset in this reasoning, as in reality, his students predominantly come from ethnic minorities and don’t fall in the “vulnerable” category. He began drawing attention to the issue over his YouTube channel and his website, and ended up facing severe disparagement from Warwick and her followers. Leeds finally sued Warwick for defamation and she brought a counter lawsuit for six-figure damages.
In an attempt to put an end to the battle once and for all, Samuel Leeds reports to have bought a share, 35% to be exact, of the company, Property Tribes. Even though he is only a minority shareholder and will have limited control, Leeds believes he can make a difference in “cleaning up the company” and reduce racism in the forum.
He jokingly adds,
“Because they trolled me, I wanted to at least get paid… Like Michael Jackson did to Eminem.”
Leeds pledges that any money he makes off this transaction will be donated to charitable organisations that tackle racism and online bullying. In addition, Leeds will donate an extra £50,000 to organisations that fight hatred in the UK. With this move, he is determined to take a strong stand against all discriminations in the property sector or any other industry.
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