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U.S. Department of Labor - These are contact
numbers for Dept of Labor Offices that maintain
regional employment, unemployment, wage
information.

ALASKA - Juneau, AK - (907) 465-4518
ARIZONA - Phoenix, AZ - (602) 542-3871
ARKANSAS - Little Rock, AR - (501) 682-4500
CALIFORNIA - Sacramento, CA - (916) 262-2160
COLORADO - Denver, CO - (303) 318-8898
CONNECTICUT - Wethersfield, CT - (860) 263-6255
DELAWARE - Wilmington, DE - (302) 761-8052
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - (202) 671-1633
GUAM - Tamuning, GU - (671) 475-7062
HAWAII - Honolulu, HI - (808) 586-8996
IDAHO - Boise, ID - (800) 772-2553
ILLINOIS - Chicago, IL - (312) 793-2316
INDIANA - Indianapolis, IN - (317) 232-7460
IOWA - Des Moines, IA - (515) 281-0255
KANSAS - Topeka, KS - (785) 296-5058
KENTUCKY - Frankfort, KY - (502) 564-7976
LOUISIANA - Baton Rouge, LA - (225) 342-3141
MAINE - Augusta, ME - (207) 287-2271
MARYLAND - Baltimore, MD - (410) 767-2250
MASSACHUSETTS - Boston, MA - (617) 626-6556
MICHIGAN - Detroit, MI - (313) 456-3090
MINNESOTA - St. Paul, MN - (651) 282-2714
MISSISSIPPI - Jackson, MS - (601) 321-6261
MISSOURI - Jefferson City, MO - (573) 751-3609
U.S. Department of Labor - These are contact
numbers for Dept of Labor Offices that maintain
regional employment, unemployment, wage
information.
NEVADA - Carson City, NV - (775) 684-0387
NEW HAMPSHIRE - Concord, NH - (603) 228-4123
NEW JERSEY - Trenton, NJ 08625 - 609 292-0099
NEW MEXICO - Albuquerque, NM - (505) 222-4683
NEW YORK - Albany, NY - (518) 457-6369
NORTH CAROLINA - Raleigh, NC - (919) 733-2936
NORTH DAKOTA - Bismarck, ND - (701) 328-2868
OHIO - Columbus, OH - (614) 752-9494
OKLAHOMA - Oklahoma City, OK - (405) 557-7265
OREGON - Salem, OR - (503) 947-1212
PENNSYLVANIA - Harrisburg, PA - (717) 787-3266
PUERTO RICO Hato Rey, PR - (787) 754-5340
RHODE ISLAND - Cranston, RI - (401) 462-8767
SOUTH CAROLINA - Columbia, SC (803)
737-2660SOUTH DAKOTA - Aberdeen, SD - (605)
626-2314
TENNESSEE - Nashville, TN - (615) 741-2284
TEXAS - Austin, TX -
UTAH - Salt Lake City, UT - (801) 526-9401
VERMONT - Montpelier, VT - (802) 828-4153
VIRGIN ISLANDS-Charlotte Aml, VI -340 776-3700
VIRGINIA - Richmond, VA - (804) 786-7496
WASHINGTON - Lacey, WA - (360) 438-4804
WEST VIRGINIA - Charleston, WV - (304) 558-2660
WISCONSIN - Madison, WI - (608) 267-2393
WYOMING - Casper, WY - (307) 473-3807
Maritime Law - Third Party Claims
Maritime Jobs - Marine Jobs - Deckhands - Tankermen - Able Seaman - Maritime Jobs - Deck Engine - Employment in the Maritime
Industry - Work on Ships - Yachts - Tugboats - Cruise Ships
Maritime Law and the
Handling of Third Party Claims

Although a person such as a docking pilot might be
limited to the remedies under the Longshore & Harbor
Workers’ Compensation Act, it doesn’t mean that he
or she can't bring a lawsuit against third parties. “Third
parties” is just a fancier name for people other than
the employer in this context.

Let’s say that a commercial diver is removing marine
growth on the undersides of a freighter while it’s in
port. The chief engineer has tagged out the inlet and
outlet valves for service water and cooling pumps that
draw seawater suction in the areas where the diver
will be working. The chief goes ashore and a
contractor boards the ship. A diesel repair contractor
arrives to run a test on one of the diesel pumps. He
tells a junior officer that he can’t diagnose and
troubleshoot the emergency fire pump without starting
its diesel engine. (more details about the elements of  
Negligence)

The young engineer believes that diver finished
working the day before. He is under the mistaken
belief that the tags were supposed to be removed. He
isn’t sure but doesn’t want to get yelled at for sending
the contractor off without checking the troublesome
pump. He removes the tags, connects power and fires
up the fire pump engine. Outside, the diver is cleaning
barnacles off the suction water inlet. The suction of
water from the pump pulls his arm in and breaks his
wrist. In a workers’ compensation, or Longshore and
Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act remedy, the diver
(if he is not a Jones Act seaman - and even if he is, his
own employer does not appear to be the negligent
one here) would only be entitle to the lost wages and
medical expenses against his employer… no pain
and suffering award.

But the commercial diver would be entitled to a lawsuit
without any restrictions against the interests of the
vessel, for the negligence of the junior engineering
officer in starting the pump that broke his wrist.

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