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What Are My Rights if I Live in Virginia and Was Injured in a Maritime Accident?

Maritime Injuries Jan 29, 2021

Working in the maritime industry is dangerous. In fact, it is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Each year, numerous maritime workers in Virginia suffer serious on-the-job injuries, and many can never recover fully. Here, maritime accident attorney David P. Willis explains your legal rights if you have been seriously injured in a maritime accident in Virginia: Statutory Rights Under Federal Law Due to the unique nature – and unique risks – of the maritime industry, Congress has enacted several statutes that provide specific protections to maritime workers. Depending upon your particular occupation and where you perform your day-to-day job duties, you may be entitled to compensation for your job-related injury under: The Jones Act – The Jones Act protects Virginia maritime workers who are classified as “seamen.” This includes captains, crewmembers, and others who work onboard vessels in navigation. Notably, a vessel does not have to be moving to be considered “in navigation.” If the vessel is in the water and capable of moving in navigable waters, then workers on board are entitled to “no-fault” maintenance and cure benefits under the Jones Act. The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) – The LHWCA protects maritime employees who work at ports and terminals, as well as those who work on docks and offshore drilling platforms. Longshoremen, harbor workers, shipbuilders, and others who are entitled to the LHWCA’s protections in Virginia can receive “no-fault” compensation if they get injured on the job. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands […]

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Maritime Accidents Common in Offshore Occupations

Maritime Injuries Jan 29, 2021

As an offshore worker, you face injury risks on a daily basis. While most of these risks pass, it only takes one incident to cause months, years, or a lifetime’s worth of pain, suffering and financial loss. To protect yourself and your family, you need to seek help, and this starts with hiring an experienced Jones Act lawyer to represent you. But, when should you hire a lawyer? What types of accidents are covered, and when is a Jones Act claim too much to handle on your own? Here’s what you need to know: Common Offshore Accidents Covered By the Jones Act and Other Laws The Jones Act (and the other laws that protect offshore workers) apply to all types of offshore accidents. If you were injured offshore, the question is not how you were injured, but rather what kind of claim you can file. All of the most common types of offshore accidents are covered, including: Slips and Trips – Slips and trips are common onboard vessels, offshore cranes and platforms, oil rigs, and other offshore locations. Common injuries include soft tissue injuries (i.e., sprains and tears), bone fractures and concussions. Falls from Height – Falls from height can cause severe and debilitating injuries. If you fell down the stairs, from an upper deck or from a height in any other scenario, you can hire a Jones Act lawyer to help you seek just compensation. Falls Overboard – Falls overboard can give rise to Jones Act and other claims […]

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7 Steps to Take After an Offshore Accident

Offshore Injuries Jan 29, 2021

If you have been injured in an offshore accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, there are steps you must take to protect your legal rights. Learn what to do after being injured offshore from Jones Act attorney David P. Willis: 1. Report the Accident to Your Employer Promptly When you get injured on the job, it is important to promptly report the accident to your employer. This helps to avoid questions about how and when you got hurt, and it helps to ensure that you will receive compensation as soon as possible. Stick to the facts when reporting your offshore accident. Do not exaggerate any details, do not make assumptions, and do not misrepresent what happened. If you make false statements to your employer, this could jeopardize your claim for benefits.   2. Make Sure Your Employer’s Account of the Accident is Accurate Just as you need to ensure that your account of the accident is accurate, you need to ensure that your employer’s understanding of the accident is correct, too. With this in mind, you should ask for a copy of the accident report and review it carefully. If anything is incorrect, or if any key details were omitted, you may want to prepare a written statement to put on file. 3. See Your Own Doctor If you were injured offshore, you may have had no choice but to see your employer’s company doctor. However, once you get back to shore, you should also see […]

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Maritime Injuries Jan 29, 2021

  Discuss Your Legal Rights with Maritime Accident Attorney David P. Willis If you live in New York and were injured in an offshore or maritime accident, it will be important for you to get help from an experienced maritime accident attorney. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Willis Law Firm, call 800-468-4878 or contact us online now.

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Your Rights if You Were Exposed to Toxic Chemicals or Fumes in a Maritime Accident

Maritime Injuries Jan 29, 2021

Many workers in the maritime industry are exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes daily. This exposure can cause serious harm, and several types of illnesses and diseases are linked to toxic exposure in maritime occupations. If you are experiencing toxic exposure symptoms, you should see a doctor promptly, and you should also consult with a maritime injury lawyer about your legal rights. Examples of Illnesses and Diseases Linked to Maritime Toxic Exposure How do you know if your symptoms are related to toxic exposure at work? In most cases, maritime employees are only exposed to noxious chemicals and fumes in the workplace. As a result, upon being diagnosed with an exposure-related illness or disease, it is often relatively easy to link the diagnosis back to an employee’s work environment. This is true of illnesses and diseases such as: Aplastic anemia Blood and bone marrow cancers Bronchitis Kidney and bladder cancers Leukemia Lung cancer Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) Scleroderma Silicosis Tuberculosis What Are Your Rights if You Were Exposed to Toxic Chemicals or Fumes at Work? If you work in a maritime or offshore occupation and you are suffering due to toxic exposure, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) all provide compensation to maritime and offshore workers who suffer from toxic exposure on the job. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may be entitled to recover: Maintenance and cure under the Jones Act […]

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