The UK P&I Club has been dedicated to the Americas for decades, with our first permanent office opening in the United States in 1995. Today we serve Members based or trading in Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean from our offices in New Jersey and San Francisco, covering all regional time zones.
Our Americas team consists of around 20 experienced lawyers, claim professionals and technical experts. Together they have over 125 years of experience from a variety of jurisdictions, including New York, New Jersey, California, Venezuela and the UK, and a variety of backgrounds, including maritime academies, classification societies, engineering, offshore energy and shipping companies.
The team provides Members with the Club's full range of services and support, including claims management, loss prevention and contract reviews. There is also a dedicated regional bodily injury team and Latin American team.
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Shipowners and operators enter into many commercial contracts each year, but sometimes these can expose them to liabilities that are beyond or prejudicial to their P&I cover.
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This article reviews the general concepts of the 905(b) claim and how past decisions helped bring into focus some key issues related to shore-side workers' claims against vessels.
Inflated Medical Damages in California State Courts: A brief analysis of Howell v. Hamilton Meats and how to prevent "unreasonable" costs
In a costly new trend, California Plaintiffs' attorneys are referring their personal injury clients to expensive, lien-based medical providers to skirt the California Supreme Court's decision in Howell v Hamilton Meats which limits plaintiffs to recovering the actual amounts paid for medical treatment not the amounts billed
Tyler Tanner of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel and Noreen Arralde of Thomas Miller (Americas) explain why it is time to retire the Maintenance and Cure Jury Instructions.
Relationships Matter: Harbor worker's claim against vessel owner precluded under the LHWCA and the "Borrowed Servant" Doctrine
Given the limited time in port and the crews' extra hours on duty for the inland transits, owners often look to repair vendors or local unions for extra assistance to keep the crew in compliance with STCW work hour requirements.