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Google Barges, Vessels, Injuries, Maritime Law, Jones Act & Sieracki Seaman

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"Honesty is what you should expect and what you should get."  Bill Turley

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Jones Seaman Acts cases can be confusing. What is covered and not covered are always a question. But the one thing I advise my clients and any injured seaman, no matter what it is, always tell the truth. You must be upfront and honest about your case. If you lie, then you loose. Plain as day.

In order to succeed and have a chance at winning your Jones Act Case, you must be brutally honest about every detail.

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What I know about Google Barges, Vessels, Injuries, Maritime Law, Jones Act & Sieracki Seaman

According to Wikipedia, "Google barges" refers to a group of four floating barges built between 2010 and 2012, commissioned by Google.  On November 6, 2013, Google stated it was "exploring using the San Francisco barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology." There has been speculation that the barges are intended possibly as luxury showrooms for Google Glass and other products, on an invitation-only basis.

As of November 2013, two of the barges are docked in Treasure Island, San Francisco, while another is in Portland, Maine.

There has also been speculation that Google may be building the structures on barges to avoid mandatory city building permits and public plans that may disclose its purpose.

The honest answer is the I don’t know that the barges are going to be used for. But what I do know is maritime law. So, instead of speculating about stuff I don’t know about, I’ll talk about stuff I do know about: maritime law and injuries.

Anyone working on the barges and is injured is going to be covered by maritime law.  Why? Because these are vessels in the navigable waters of the United States. Meaning, injuries that occur on these barges fall under maritime law.

If you are injured while working on the barges during their construction your injury is probably going to fall under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), Jones Act or you are going to be a Sieracki Seaman.

Workers injured during shipbuilding are harbor workers that fall under the LHWCA.  

Interestingly, you can be a harbor worker and still be what is called a Jones Act Seaman.

If you work on the barges and don’t satisfy what is called the Seaman Status Test - you may be a Sieracki Seaman.

Generally, the rights and remedies of Seaman are greater than those of workers that fall under the LHWCA and Sieracki Seaman.  However, in order to receive tort damages, you are going to need to prove unseaworthiness or negligence on the part of your employer.  This is the lowest standard of negligence known to law.

The point of this article is that if you are seriously injured while working on the Google barges - you have a maritime law case.

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William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”
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