Alabama’s waterways provide a popular mode of transportation for various industries such as shipping and transportation, among others. Many Alabama maritime workers are employed in the maritime industry working onshore and offshore.
Unfortunately, with the booming maritime business taking place in, around, and near Alabama waterways, maritime workers suffer from increased injuries sustained while on the clock. If you are an Alabama maritime worker who was hurt working offshore and have questions, an Alabama offshore injury attorney at Willis Law Firm can help answer your pressing questions. Our maritime lawyers have decades of experience working with injured offshore maritime workers.
What Employees are Covered by Maritime Laws?
Maritime workers are covered by special maritime laws. Two federal maritime laws that apply to maritime workers are the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).
Under the Jones Act, “seamen” can seek special compensation for injuries that are associated with employment onboard a vessel. A Jones Act employee must be “a master or member of a crew of any vessel.” A crew member typically is a worker who contributes to the vessel’s function including, but not limited to, sailors, cooks, deck hands, oil rig workers, doctors, and engineers, among other workers. Injuries may occur on a vessel, on docks, during transportation to and from a vessel, and even while training.
The LHWCA, in contrast, typically applies to maritime workers who are not seamen, but work a vessel such as longshoremen and harbor workers.
Offshore Accidents and Injuries to Maritime Workers
Offshore accidents and injuries to maritime workers can be serious. Some examples of offshore accidents may include, but are not limited to:
- Injuries from damaged oil rigs or drills,
- Slips and falls on oily deck surfaces, causing broken bones, back injuries, and head injuries,
- Fires and explosions causing burns, smoke inhalation, and sometimes amputations,
- Inhaling dangerous chemicals causing deadly cancers, and
- Equipment failures causing electric shocks.
Steps to Take After Sustaining an Offshore Injury in Alabama
If you have suffered from an injury associated with working offshore as a maritime worker, you should report your injuries to your employer as soon as possible. You should also get medical help for your injuries immediately. After making sure your emergency medical needs have been addressed, you should take steps to document the accident. Collect important documents and information such as names of any witnesses, location and date of the accident, etc. If you can, you should also take photographs of the accident site and your injuries. Additionally, if you have questions about maritime law and the compensation you can obtain for your injuries, contact an Alabama offshore injury attorney immediately. An experienced maritime attorney can help advise you as to your rights and guide you as to next steps to help you build your case.
Contact an Alabama Offshore Injury Attorney at Willis Law Firm Today for a Free Case Evaluation
Are you a maritime worker injured while working offshore? If so, contact Willis Law Firm today. An experienced Alabama offshore injury attorney can advise you on the legal remedies available to you for injuries you sustained working offshore. Willis Law Firm helps workers and their families who suffer from maritime-related injuries. Our firm has over 40 years of experience working with maritime laws and helping maritime workers and their families obtain the compensation they deserve. You may give us a call at 1-800-468-4878 email us through our online webform for a free consultation.