Do you require an injury attorney on the offshore? Have you suffered injuries in an off-shore maritime accident or the sea?
The ocean is the most hazardous work place on earth, US marine industries are in each state and are employing over 400000 workers across the nation. Marine workers can be found in many areas, including shipyards, marine terminalsand fishing aquaculture, seafood processing commercial diving, and shipping. Based on the Centers for Disease ControlMaritime workers have a higher chance of injury, death and illnesses than the typical American worker.
From falls and slips to equipment malfunctions accidents, fires, unsafe workplace practices and negligence, offshore accidents generally require costly medical treatment often for a long time. An injury that is catastrophic can result in an injured worker not able to return to work based on their physical ability. This is a devastating situation for families, particularly in the case where the family member can be the only breadwinner, and is unable to earn money to live.
Offshore accidents are covered by laws that are different from the laws that apply to workers who work on land. Should you, or somebody else you love is injured or sick during work offshore, we urge you to speak with an experienced lawyer for offshore injuries by calling Montagna Maritime Law as soon as you can to schedule your free case assessment.
Types of Offshore Injuries
When an offshore worker is offered an employment in the maritime sector is aware that their work demands physical exertion and comes with risk inherent that is more hazardous than work on land. Accidents are frequent and can vary from small to catastrophic and can be fatal. In many instances minor injuries, they can get more severe over time.
A few of the most common offshore accidents include:
- Traumatic head injury Traumatic brain injury TBI can occur through a variety of ways. Offshore workers are more often putting themselves in situations like industry and construction. Head injuries from falling or slipping or being struck by unsecured or swinging cargo could result in a traumatizing brain injury. The result could be permanent mental or personality changes.
- Back and spinal injuries operating equipment, carrying large loads and gruelling work can be back-breaking that requires a lot of standing at a desk, lifting, twisting and pulling. Offshore workers may be injured by falls or being hit by vehicles or unsteady loads. Neck or back injuries can result in chronic pain, restricted mobility and at the extreme instances, quadriplegia or paraplegia. Even if prompt treatment is given chronic disability due to back and spine injuries could happen.
- Falls and Slips Fall and slip injuries are among the most frequent and may be very serious. The consequences of slips and falls could result in broken bones as well as injuries. In certain cases, falling onto the platform of vessel or platform could send you overboard, which instantly can be a dangerous situation.
- hearing loss Hearing loss – If hearing protection isn’t mandatory or provided in time, workers are likely to be exposed to sounds that is loud enough to cause damage to their hearing. In some instances, when the workplace environment is noisy enough, tinnitus, or total hearing loss could be observed.
- Legs damaged Inadvertently walking across the route of a truck, or forklift, or working with cables that are stretched or getting a leg trapped and crushed by unsteady cargo like plates, pipes, coils and tires may result in injuries that require Amputation. The loss of limbs can be an irreparable injury and usually requires the use of a prosthesis.
- Broken and smashed bones Offshore work generally involves heavy machinery in construction or day-to-day tasks. Accidents are often the result of this equipment fails or the safety rules aren’t followed. The most common result is fractured or crushed bones. The trauma of a crush can cause damage to internal organs and cause life-threatening ailments.
- Frostbite and hypothermia The maritime and offshore workers typically work in extreme conditions and work at all hours of the night and day. That means offshore workers are typically exposed to cold and freezing temperatures and can result in frostbite or hypothermia. This risk is exacerbated due to exposure to water in extreme weather conditions, or by falling off the boat.
- drowning Falls overboard could quickly lead to a life-threatening accident and even death if treatment isn’t immediate. Also, hypothermia is an issue even in warm water.
- Damage to the lung If safety protocols are not observed in a timely manner, if accidental spills happen, employees could suffer serious chemical injury. If these chemicals are breathed in they may cause long-term and serious lung damage. In some instances exposure to large levels of these chemicals could cause immediate life-threatening problems. In other situations, even small exposures can cause minor injuries that could be persistent or progressive.
- death of a person Every year offshore workers die tragically in accidents along the East Coast of the United States. If you’ve experienced the death of someone you love that passed away due to accidents or negligence on your part, you are entitled to the right to claim the compensation they deserve for their death.
Claim compensation for offshore accidents
An injury that is serious offshore could change your life, particularly in the event that it is classified as a catastrophe. The extent of your injuries as well as the circumstances that led to them, you could be eligible for compensation
- earned earnings claims for lost earnings can be crucial for offshore workers who have been injured and their families. If you’re no longer working due to the injury you sustained, you might be able to get compensation for the wages you have lost, or are losing or have lost because of your accident.
- Health expenses If you’ve sustained a serious injury in the in the offshore area, you’re likely to incur medical expenses. You could be eligible to claim your current expenses and also the anticipated medical expenses in the future. Claimants could be eligible for rehabilitation, surgery treatment for mental illness, treatment as well as transportation for treatment.
- Ailment and pain It can be classified into mental and physical suffering and pain: the suffering of your physical injury as well being afflicted by the pain of disfigurement, scarring and chronic complications; and also emotional pain and suffering such as emotional anxiety, stress, and distress and the loss of enjoyment life.
If you are also classified to be an Jones Act seaman, you have the right to maintenance and remedies, these are fundamental rights for all seamen. If you sustain a work-related injury, your employer has to cover your expenses for living (maintenance) and medical costs (cure) during your recovery from your work.
Offshore workers who do fit the criteria as a “seaman” may qualify for benefits under a separate federal law called the longshore and harbor workers Compensation Act (LHWCA).
In the worst instances, injuries sustained offshore can result in the death of a person. The families of workers could have the right to compensation through the filing of a claim for wrongful deaths against the party responsible.
Choosing the Right Offshore Injury Attorney
If you’ve suffered injuries during an offshore incident it is essential to have a seasoned maritime or offshore injury attorney who will fight hard to protect your rights. Marine lawyers are expert litigators who know federal and state maritime law as well as international treaties, and possess the ability to make sound decisions to assist you in winning your case and get the highest amount of compensation for your injuries.
Law enforcement in maritime law is an expertly-trained and specific legal field and there aren’t many lawyers who are able to practice the area as efficiently as those from Montagna Maritime Law. Contact us now for a free case assessment and discuss legal alternatives with a knowledgeable maritime attorney at no cost.
The top-rated offshore accident lawyers located in Norfolk, Virginia
Montagna Maritime Law located on 425 Monticello Ave Suite B, Norfolk, VA. From Norfolk International Airport Take US-13 S until Airport Rd, Robin Hood Rd and VA-165 S. Continue east along Norview Ave to Airport Parking Deep Rd and then take an unassuming right to Airport Parking Deep Rd. After that, turn left to Airport Rd and at 1st Cross Street take a right turn on Airport Rd. Then, continue along Robin Hood Rd and turn left onto VA-165 S. From here you will continue on US-13 S. Follow I-264 W until St. Paul’s Blvd . and exit 10 off I-264 W. Continue to US. 13 S and proceed beyond Taco Bell (1.0 mile on right). Then, turn left to join I-264 W toward Portsmouth/Downtown Norfolk and take the left direction to remain on I-264 W. Then you will take exit 10 to City Hall Ave and continue to St Pauls Boulevard. Drive to Monticello Ave. Turn right on Saint. Paul’s Blvd. Turn then left on E. Charlotte St. Make a left on Monticello Ave and Montagna Maritime Law will be on your left.
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