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Hot Work Accidents in the Maritime Industry

Maritime Injuries Sep 21, 2021

If you do hot work in the maritime industry, you face risks on a daily basis. Welding, brazing, burning, cutting and other forms of hot work can result in various types of injuries, and these injuries often have long-term or permanent consequences.

Were you injured in a hot work accident? If so, you should consult with a lawyer promptly. While you may be entitled to financial compensation under the Jones Act (or another maritime injury law), you will need an experienced lawyer to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

When Can You Seek Financial Compensation for a Maritime Hot Work Accident?

Under the Jones Act and other laws, maritime workers can seek benefits when they get injured on the job. Proof of fault is not required. As a result, if you have been injured in any type of hot work accident, you should schedule a free consultation right away. Your lawyer can help you report the accident, get appropriate medical care, and fight to make sure you receive the maximum compensation available for your injuries.

Our firm handles cases involving all types of hot work accidents, including:

  • Burns
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Exposure to toxic fumes or vapors

While proof of fault is not required to pursue a claim in most cases, you may be entitled to additional compensation if your employer is responsible for your injuries. For example, while maintenance and cure benefits under the Jones Act are limited, pursuing a claim for Jones Act negligence allows seamen to fully recover their injury-related losses.

When can you pursue additional compensation for a hot work accident based on fault? Some common examples of issues that can put seamen and other maritime employees at risk for hot work accidents include:

  • Working in enclosed areas (i.e., drums, pipes, bilge keels, sealed bulkheads and hatches) without adequate ventilation
  • Working in close proximity to flammable materials or combustible vapors
  • Working near corroding or rusting metal (which can release hydrogen gas, resulting in an explosion)
  • Working without adequate safety precautions or personal protective equipment

How Do You Seek Financial Compensation for a Maritime Hot Work Accident?

Regardless of what happened, you should not assume that you are limited to maintenance and cure benefits. You also should not try to handle your situation on your own. You need to make sure you receive just compensation, and this means you need an experienced hot work accident lawyer on your side.

With this in mind, your next step after suffering burns or other injuries in a hot work accident is to contact a lawyer. Again, you should do this right away. We provide free initial consultations 24/7, and we don’t charge any fees or costs unless we win.

Talk to a Maritime Hot Work Accident Lawyer for Free

Are you entitled to financial compensation for your hot work accident? Contact us to find out. For a free consultation with a maritime hot work accident lawyer at Willis Law Firm, call 800-468-4878 or send us your contact information online now.

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