Offshore Injury Lawyer – Loading Accidents
Maritime employees work in dangerous environments and often suffer serious injuries. Head trauma, fractures, spinal cord injuries, burns and chemical exposures are just a few of the types of injuries crew members are at risk for every day they are on the job. When a maritime professional is hurt at work in a equipment or cargo loading accident the results can be devastating. Medical help is generally not easily accessible and the injuries may be so severe that the crew member will never fully recover and be able to return to work.
The Willis Law Firm understands the challenges workers face when they are seriously injured in a maritime accident. We have been representing injured seamen and other maritime workers from coast to coast for over thirty years. Our firm is very familiar with the many different types of accidents that can occur in the maritime industry, including loading accidents.
Loading and off-loading operations are particularly dangerous and workers can be seriously hurt and even killed when an operation goes wrong. Loads can easily shift or fall when they are too heavy or the slings were incorrectly rigged. High winds and other dangerous weather conditions can have deadly consequences when a man basket is used to transfer workers on and off ships, vessels and platforms. Additionally, when the appropriate equipment for an lifting or loading operation is unavailable or the equipment is broken or defective, crew members may be forced to overexert themselves and lifting loads heavier than is safe without often suffering serious back and disc injuries, torn rotator cuffs and other painful and debilitating injuries.
Injured Maritime Workers Have Important Legal Rights and Remedies
If you are a seaman or crew member who has been injured in a loading accident, it is important to understand your legal rights and remedies. The specific remedies available to you will depend upon many factors, including where your accident occurred and how your job may be classified under the law. For instance, if you are classified as a seaman under the Jones Act you will have the right to collect maintenance and cure benefits from your employer and you may also be able to file a negligence lawsuit against your employer to recover monetary damages.
If you are not categorized as a Jones Act seaman, you are likely to have legal rights under other federal and state laws, including the Longshore & Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA is a federal worker’s compensation program that provides benefits to certain classes of maritime employees who are hurt in accidents on, near or adjacent to U.S. navigable waters while they are working on terminals, docks, ports, piers and other platforms. Similar to the maintenance and cure benefits under the Jones Act, maritime workers who fall within the LHWCA are entitled to collect compensation and benefits regardless of who may be at fault for their injuries.
Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Offshore Maritime Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in a loading or lifting incident or any other type of maritime accident the most important thing you can do is to discuss your case with an experienced maritime injury lawyer. Your attorney can advise you of the legal avenues available and make certain that you are taking the steps necessary to protect and preserve your claims.
The Willis Law Firm is here to help. When you work with our firm a skilled maritime lawyer will handle your case from start to finish. Your attorney will take the time to answer your questions and make sure that you understand everything that is happening with your case. Schedule your free and confidential consultation today by completing our contact form or calling 1-800-468-4878.