Frequently-Asked Questions to a Maritime Accident Lawyer

Maritime Injuries Nov 30, 2020

Our maritime injury lawyers often get various questions from individuals who have been injured from maritime-related work. At Willis Law Firm, we protect injured workers and put our clients first.  Below is some helpful information in response to common questions we receive from our clients. If you have additional questions, contact our office today for a free consultation with one of our maritime injury attorneys.  We are here for you. 

What is Maritime Law?

Maritime and admiralty law is a specialized area of law that helps protect maritime workers and offers compensation for those injured while performing their maritime-related duties. Two federal laws that protect certain maritime workers include the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).  These Acts are complex federal laws that provide compensation to various maritime workers who are injured from the often dangerous work they performed aboard a vessel or, in some cases, in loading, unloading, or repairing a vessel offshore. 

What is the Difference Between the Jones Act and the LHWCA?

The Jones Act covers crew members performing work on a vessel that contributes to the vessel’s function or the accomplishment of the vessel’s mission in some way. The LHWCA also provides for compensation to maritime workers injured on the job that occur on or near the navigable waters. Workers covered by the LHWCA are often traditional maritime workers like longshore workers, ship-repairers, and harbor construction workers. For more information on these maritime laws, see our article on Maritime Law that Protects You.

What are Common Types of Maritime Accidents and Injuries?

Maritime workers sustain various injuries each year from accidents that occur while they are on the clock. Some common accidents include:

  • Breathing in fumes from toxic cargo (such as benzene or gasoline) 
  • Collisions with other vessels 
  • Equipment breakdowns
  • Mechanical failures
  • Slips and falls due to oily surfaces
  • Falling offboard
  • Improperly lifting heavy cables and lines
  • Fires and explosions that occur unexpectedly onboard

Unfortunately, these accidents can lead to deadly cancers, fractures and broken bones, drowning, back injuries, amputated limbs, burns, and more.

How Can a Maritime Lawyer Help Me Obtain Compensation?

If you were injured while performing maritime-related work, an experienced maritime accident attorney at Willis Law Firm can explain your legal rights as well as help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Examples of damages an injured maritime worker may receive compensation for include, but are not limited to: 

  • Medical bills 
  • Lost wages 
  • Cost of rehabilitation 
  • Economic loss  
  • Pain and suffering 

Willis Law Firm is dedicated to fighting for injured maritime workers. We are tough and have decades of experience helping injured maritime workers obtain the compensation they deserve.   Our firm regularly helps workers and their families who suffer from maritime-related injuries. Let us know how we can help.  

Contact a Maritime Accident Lawyer at Willis Law Firm Today if You Suffered a Maritime-Related Injury

Have you or a loved one suffered from a maritime-related injury? If so, contact the experienced maritime accident attorneys at Willis Law Firm today for a free consultation.  Our experienced team can answer your questions about maritime law and the compensation to which you may be entitled. You can contact Willis Law Firm by phone at 1-800-468-4878 or email us through our online webform to find out more about your legal rights and options.

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