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Understanding Dry Dock Accidents and Your Right to Financial Compensation

Maritime Injuries May 5, 2022

Working at a dry dock can be dangerous. While many people assume that working on the land is safer than working on the water, this isn’t necessarily the case. Dry dock accidents are common, and many dry dock workers find themselves in need of financial compensation to cover their medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. Common Dry Dock Accidents Part of the reason why dry dock accidents are so common is that there are so many different types of accidents that can occur. For example, some of the most common accidents that leave dry dock workers suffering from serious injuries include: Exposure to Toxic Fumes or Vapors – Working in confined areas or in close proximity to boats, equipment, supplies, or materials that release toxic fumes or vapors presents several risks for dry dock workers. In addition to the risk of inhalation injuries, burns and hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) are very real risks as well. Flooding – Flooding is a risk for drydock workers who work in graving docks. If water enters a graving dock unexpectedly, workers in the dock can find themselves facing life-or-death scenarios. Forklift and Crane Accidents – Transporting materials and equipment into drydocks or onto vessels with forklifts and cranes can be a dangerous operation. This is especially true if the operator’s vision is obstructed, if the operator gets distracted, or if dry dock workers are unable to get out of the way to avoid being hit or crushed. Shifting Vessels – Dry docked vessels can […]

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Marine Pilot Injured on the Job? These Are Your Legal Rights

Maritime Injuries Apr 28, 2022

The job of a marine pilot is extremely important. It can also be extremely dangerous. From negligent boat captains to high seas, there are many issues that can put a marine pilot’s life on the line. Even if an accident isn’t life-threatening, it can still cause life-altering injuries. From chronic pain and physical disabilities to mounting medical bills and the inability to earn a living, accidents on the water often leave marine pilots facing substantial losses. 5 Important Facts About Injured Marine Pilots’ Legal Rights If you are a marine pilot and you have been injured on the job, here is what you need to know about your legal rights: 1. Marine Pilots Can Seek Compensation for All Types of Accidents The marine pilot’s job is unique in that it entails a broad range of risks. While marine pilots are tasked with ensuring that large ships make it safely to port, marine pilots’ own safety often goes ignored. As a result, marine pilots frequently suffer injuries in accidents involving: Negligent pilot boat operation Negligent operation of large ships and other vessels Being forced to pilot vessels in dangerous weather or sea conditions Pilot ladder (or Jacob’s ladder) failures Slips, trips, and falls on deck Falls overboard Collisions between pilot boats and other vessels 2. Marine Pilots Can Seek Compensation for All Types of Injuries If you were injured on the job as a marine pilot, there is a good chance that you are entitled to financial compensation regardless of the […]

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Why are Maintenance and Cure Benefits Denied?

Maintenance and Cure Mar 15, 2022

The Jones Act entitles many offshore workers to maintenance and cure benefits when they get injured on the job. With only a couple of exceptions, companies are supposed to pay these benefits regardless of whether they are responsible for their employees’ injuries. Yet, maintenance and cure denials are common. Why is this the case?

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Are You a Jones Act Seaman?

Jones Act Mar 8, 2022

If you work offshore or in an inland maritime occupation, it is important to know if you qualify as a “seaman” under the Jones Act. The Jones Act entitles seamen to financial compensation when they get injured at work, and many offshore and maritime jobs are among the most dangerous jobs in the United States.

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A Look Back at Maritime Accidents in 2021

Maritime Injuries Feb 2, 2022

Every year there are numerous maritime accidents in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and other waters around the world. Unfortunately, 2021 was no exception. There were dozens of serious and fatal accidents last year. While some of these accidents made national or international headlines, most are known only to those who were involved or who lost loved ones too soon.

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Arbitration for Jones Act Claims

Jones Act Dec 9, 2021

If you qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act, you have the right to receive maintenance and cure benefits when you get injured on the job. You are entitled to these benefits regardless of how you got hurt (with a few rare exceptions), and your employer is supposed to pay promptly without putting up a fight.

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Breaking Down Barge Accident Claims

Barge Injuries Dec 2, 2021

Barges can be dangerous workplaces. There is usually a lot going on, and, from rough seas to coworker negligence, there are numerous issues that can put barge workers at risk for serious on-the-job injuries. While the good news is that injured barge workers will typically be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act, the bad news is that securing this compensation can be very difficult.

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Common Types of Maritime Collisions

Offshore Injuries Oct 1, 2021

While it might seem like maritime collisions should never happen, these accidents are alarmingly common. In fact, our maritime collision lawyers routinely hear from seamen and other maritime workers who need to seek compensation for accidents involving the following.

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