Maritime Accidents and Products Liability Claims
When a seaman or other maritime worker is injured due to an equipment failure or defective product, the worker may have the right to file a lawsuit against certain third-party defendants. A third-party lawsuit is a legal action under General Maritime Law that is brought against a company other than the employer. If a defective product or piece of machinery causes an injury, the injury victim can file a products liability claim against certain third-party defendants, including product manufacturers, installers and maintenance companies.
Similarly if a crew worker is exposed to asbestos dust or asbestos insulation products and years later is diagnosed with asbestos cancer or mesothelioma then that worker and his family have a right to file a product liability case against the asbestos product manufacturer, distributor and the shipowner for the asbestos related diseases.
This is also the case when a worker is exposed solvents, lubricants and paint thinners containing benzene and years later that worker is diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia, also called acute myelocytic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia or AML leukemia. The injured worker and family can also file suit against the shipowner, employer and the product manufacturer.
For example, if a crew member or seaman on a semi-submersible oil drilling rig suffers a serious injury when a wireline breaks due to a defective product cable clamp, the individual may have a third-party products liability case against the manufacturer of the clamp. The worker may also have legal claims against other parties, including the product distributor and the maintenance company responsible for overhauling and repairing the equipment in question. Depending upon what is more favorable and strategic for the worker injured in the accident, a maritime lawyer may file the claims against the various defendants in a single lawsuit or file separate legal actions against each of the third-party defendants.
Talk to an Experienced Maritime Accident Lawyer
If you are a crew member, officer or other maritime worker who has been harmed due to the failure of a piece of equipment or dangerous product, contact an experienced maritime lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case. The Willis Law Firm represents employees nationwide who have been injured in all types of maritime accidents. Our team of aggressive advocates will analyze your case from every angle to make certain that we are pursuing all legal avenues that may be available. Our firm understands the intricacies of the law and we are committed to obtaining the best possible outcome in your case.
Regardless of whether you are injured on a ship, drilling rig, barge, tug boat, or another type of vessel or structure, maritime products liability cases involve complex facts and issues of law. When equipment or machinery fails, the resulting injuries can be severe, including burns, fractures, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, loss of limbs and exposure to toxic chemicals and substances. In a products liability case, multiple parties can potentially be held legally liable for your injuries, ranging from product manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to installers and maintenance companies. Additionally, depending upon the circumstances of your accident, you may also be able to file a Jones Act and/or other general maritime lawsuits against your employer and the owner of the ship or vessel. A skilled lawyer can advise you of your rights and make sure that you are taking all steps necessary to protect and preserve your claims.
The Willis Law Firm Can Help
When you are injured it can be difficult to determine your next steps. The Willis Law Firm is here to help. We represent seamen and maritime workers nationwide who have been injured in workplace accidents, including accidents caused by defective equipment. We offer free initial consultations with a maritime attorney who will answer your questions and make certain that you understand your legal rights. You can reach us today by calling 1-800-468-4878. Our consultations are completely confidential and you are under no obligation to hire our firm.