Each year in the United States, thousands of maritime workers are injured while on or near a vessel. Crew members, dock workers, longshoremen, and other maritime employees engage in difficult and dangerous work daily. Unfortunately, some of these accidents are so severe that they result in the worker’s death. Such accidents and untimely deaths can occur for various reasons, such as:
- Negligence of a vessel owner or operator
- Safety hazards onboard
- Mechanical issues
- Improperly trained crew
- Fires and explosions onboard
- Chemical exposures
- Weather conditions
- Failure to maintain safety standards
When the death of a loved one results from a vessel owner’s or operator’s negligence, the family of the deceased maritime worker may sue the vessel owner for wrongful death. Having a loved one killed in a work-related accident is devastating and can place substantial financial hardships on the family.
The experienced maritime accident lawyers at Willis Law Firm are here for you. Call us today for a free consultation to determine if your family is entitled to compensation for the death of your loved one. We are a maritime injury firm with decades of experience, and our knowledgeable lawyers routinely fight for the legal rights of victims and their families nationwide in claims and wrongful death actions.
Let Our Maritime Accident Lawyer Help
Maritime lawyers regularly advise on the legal rights available to families for their loved one’s wrongful death and inform them about the compensation to which they may be entitled. It is important to note that special federal and state laws apply to workers injured or killed while on a maritime-related job. Depending on the type of work your loved one was involved in and where the death occurred, your case may be governed by one or more of the following laws:
- Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA),
- Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA),
- Jones Act,
- Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), or
- Other related maritime laws.
Depending on the situation, a family may be entitled to compensation for the decedent’s medical bills, lost wages, costs associated with rehabilitation before the worker’s death, and other economic losses. Rest assured, we understand how difficult and painful it can be to lose someone you love, and we will fight hard for your family. Check out our Jones Act Information Center. It provides more free information on your rights for your loved one’s wrongful death.
Was Your Loved One Killed While Working on a Vessel? Contact a Maritime Accident Lawyer at Willis Law Firm For Help
Was someone you love killed while working aboard a vessel? Are you still dealing with the aftermath of the wrongful death of a family member resulting from a maritime-related accident? If so, help is available to you and your family. Contact a maritime accident lawyer at Willis Law Firm today. Call 1-800-468-4878 or email us through our online webform to find out more about your legal rights and options.Share This