Eric D. Holland has once again been asked to address the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Maritime Symposium. This year’s conference, to be held in New Orleans, will feature a variety of speakers and panels addressing cutting edge issues in maritime law. Holland will join others on the topic of punitive damages in maritime cases, with a partiuclar focus on the availabiity of the remedy for seamen in claims for maintenance and cure and under the general maritime law. Generally, seamen in the United States are covered by the Jones Act, a federal statute that incorporates the provisons of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) for railroad workers. However, unlike railroad workers, seamen are generally allowed to recover puntive damages in certain narrow circumstances. The panel will explore the jurisprudence in this arena in depth and discuss recent cases and how those cases might impact future litigation.
Holland Law Firm handles both FELA and Jones Act cases for those injured on railroads or the navigable waters of the United States. The firm has handled and tried cases across the country for those injured and killed as a result of corporate negligence in these arenas. For further information please contact the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at 1-877-ALL-FELA.