Maritime Injury Lawyer – Fall Accidents
Slip and fall incidents happen all the time on ships, barges, oil rigs, platforms and other types of maritime vessels. These types of accidents are often serious and can even be deadly. Crew members and other maritime workers must deal with slippery conditions on deck, such as ice, oil and other residue, which can cause a worker to tumble, slip, fall overboard or be crushed by a vessel or piece of heavy machinery not properly secured. When a maritime employee is injured in a fall accident, the employee may suffer from tremendous pain, preventing him from returning to work for an extended period of time. If you are a seaman who has been recently injured in a fall accident, it critical to seek legal advice as soon possible. An experienced maritime lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and fight for the financial compensation you need to recover from your injury.
Protecting Slip and Fall Victims
The Willis Law Firm has decades of experience handling all types of injury claims under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law. We are a dedicated legal team focused on helping our clients obtain the maximum recovery they are entitled to receive under the law. Our firm represents seamen and maritime workers nationwide who have been injured or killed in all types of slip and fall accidents, including falls caused by:
- Lack of proper maintenance
- Broken or malfunctioning equipment
- Failure to keep decks and platforms free from debris
- Oil spills and other slippery residues
- Ice and other weather-related conditions
- Corroded or worn out equipment
- Lack of non-skid surfaces
- Poorly lighted or obstructed walkways
- Lack of gangways or personnel baskets
- Unsafe transfers on rough or high seas
- Lack of continuous hand railings and grab holds
- Negligent rescue and lifesaving methods
If you are a crew member who has suffered a fall while working on or near the water, there are many laws that are designed to protect you. Under the Jones Act, if an employer’s or a co-worker’s negligence contributed to your fall in any way, you may be able to file a negligence lawsuit against your company. You will also be entitled to collect maintenance and cure benefits from your employer without having to show any negligence on the part of your employer.
It is important to understand that the Jones Act limits recovery to “seamen” who are injured while in the service of a ship or vessel in navigable waters. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, it may be difficult to determine whether you qualify as a Jones Act seaman and/or if you are protected under other maritime laws and statutes. You should discuss your situation with an experienced maritime lawyer who will conduct a full inquiry to determine which laws and legal theories best apply to your case.
In addition to seeking recovery from your employer, you may also be able to file legal claims against the owner of the ship or vessel and certain third party defendants, such as product manufacturers, suppliers and maintenance companies who may be responsible for your injuries.
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If you or someone you care about has been injured in a fall accident while working on any type of ship or vessel, our law firm can help. Our maritime injury firm offers free, confidential consultations to injured seamen and their family members nationwide. Call us today to schedule your appointment: 1-800-468-4878.