Monthly Archives: December 2015

Cal Dive v. Schmidt – Oral argument heard on upsetting an allegedly fraudulent settlement

Andrew Schmidt received a multi-million dollar settlement after a diving accident accident where he reported a brain injury. According to Mr. Schmidt, he was unable to do anything more than lie down for more than two to three hours a day. The life-care plan involved 24/7 care. Surveillance produced nothing for two and a half … Read More »

Recent case supports significant damages awards in Texas

Williams v. Diamond – $8.5m compensatory damages award to Jones Act seaman from Texas jury, affirmed by Texas First Circuit Willie Williams was working on a Diamond Offshore rig on January 7, 2008. Trying to repair elevators on the rig, he suddenly felt pain in his back. He got off the rig, and now seven … Read More »