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Working in the offshore oil industry can be an extremely dangerous occupation as there are a number of unavoidable hazards. Making matters worse is that not every employer takes their workers’ safety seriously. Fortunately, the Jones Act applies to the offshore oil and gas industry, giving injured workers the right to financial compensation when an…

Van Cleave Law is Happy to Announce the 2020 Striving For Justice Scholarship Award Our window for accepting applications for the Van Cleave Law 2020 “Striving For Justice Scholarship” has closed. We were impressed with the number of high quality applicants this year, and are thrilled with the number of students striving for justice in their communities. We asked each applicant to…

Many homeowners in Mississippi experienced serious damage and losses from Hurricane Zeta. A critical part of putting the pieces back together after a natural disaster is the ability to rely on your property insurance to cover your damages. Unfortunately, many insurance companies engage in unfair or bad faith practices that leave property owners without the…

Claims for Insured Offshore Workers Under the Jones Act The Jones Act protects maritime workers and ensures that they are able to receive fair compensation for work-related injuries. According to the Transportation Institute, The Jones Act is part of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 and is named for its sponsor, Senator Wesley R. Jones…

Losing a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior can feel like an insurmountable burden to bear. While nothing can bring your loved one back to you, obtaining just compensation for the losses you have suffered can help you and your family begin the long journey toward emotional healing. If you have…

Mississippi has a well-earned reputation as having a lively and entertaining casino scene on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. Most patrons have a lovely time at the casinos and in the lavish hotels and entertainment venues, and tend to suffer nothing more than a few financial bruises. Sometimes, however, visitors to our Mississippi casinos are…

If someone else’s negligence leaves you or a family member injured or disabled, you are probably facing mounting expenses – and may be afraid to even consider hiring a personal injury lawyer due to the perceived additional cost. How can an average person possibly gather enough money to stand up against big insurance companies and…

When it comes to children, safety is always the first priority. You’ve chosen the right car seat for your infant, toddler, or youngster, but how do you know if it’s properly installed in your car? We’ve all read the statistics that indicate many parents are missing the mark when it comes to the installation of…

Whatever the cause, it seems that hurricanes and severe tropical storms are hitting Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states more frequently than in the distant past. According to the executive director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi “dodged a very big bullet” with regard to Hurricane Sally. Our neighbors in Alabama and the Florida…

When two or more people agree to share their property,  money, efforts, skill and/or knowledge to conduct business for profit, a partnership is formed. Typically, successful partnerships are built on trust, a shared vision, and complementary skills. Unfortunately, business relationships sometimes do not go as expected, and partnership fraud occurs. If you suspect that one…

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