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 as well. This includes falls overboard from ships, boats, platforms, rigs, and other floating and fixed workplaces offshore.
  • Fires and Explosions – Fires and explosions on vessels, oil rigs and other offshore workplaces can be extremely dangerous for obvious reasons. If you suffered severe burns in an offshore fire or explosion, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
  • Injuries from Falling, Flying and Swinging Objects – Falling supplies, materials, safety equipment and other items can cause head and other injuries. The same is true of flying debris, swinging cranes and booms, and other moving objects.
  • Equipment and Machinery Accidents – Equipment and machinery accidents are common causes of injuries onboard fishing vessels, cargo ships, oil rigs and numerous other offshore workplaces.
  • Exposure to Toxic Substances or Extreme Temperatures – Exposure is a serious concern for offshore workers as well. This includes exposure to both toxic substances and extreme temperatures.

When Should You Hire a Jones Act Lawyer?

If you were injured offshore, when should you hire a Jones Act lawyer? The simple answer is that you should consult with a lawyer right away. You have no reason to wait. In fact, waiting could make it much harder to recover your losses. It costs nothing out of pocket to hire a lawyer to help you, and your lawyer will only receive a portion of your award if he or she succeeds in winning your case.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Jones Act Lawyer David P. Willis

For more information about recovering your losses after an offshore accident, schedule a free consultation at Willis Law Firm. Call 800-468-4878 or contact us online to speak with Jones Act lawyer David P. Willis as soon as possible.

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