Maritime salvage is often thought of to be something that includes finding buried treasures beneath the deep blue sea. Although partly true, maritime and treasure salvage most often involves the process of recovering a ship, its cargo, or other property. One of the largest maritime salvage operations occurred in 2013 when the capsized Italian cruise ship, Concordia, was rolled off its side by a salvage crew.
The process of salvage involves towing, re-floating a sunken or capsized vessel, and patching or repairing the ship. The vessel, its cargo, and other salvageable goods within it may also be recovered for its resale value or for scrap.
Those who are in one the business of maritime salvage are often referred to as “salvors.” Oftentimes these salvors are seamen and engineers who salvage vessels that are not their own and who are not members of the original crew.
Unfortunately, this type of operation is also dangerous and depending on the job of the salvor, whether they’re working below or above water, injuries can occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured during a maritime salvage operation, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
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Types of Salvaged Goods
Typically items that can be reused or resold may be considered salvageable. Salvage law dictates that a salvor should be rewarded for risking their life to rescue the property of another. However there are different types of salvage that will then dictate how much the salvor gets paid for their services.
Some common types of salvaged goods include:
- Recyclable Material
- Ship Parts
- Construction Resources
- Personal belongings left behind
The types of goods that can be salvaged are truly countless as it can depend on the type of vessel being salvaged. Cruise ships, house boats, battle and warships have all been salvaged. In some cases the entire vessel could be restored and reused by other company.
Some common tools used in salvage include:
- Diving Gear (helmet, suit, tank, compressor)
- Underwater Cutting Equipment
- Hydraulic Winch
In order to save a vessel and the items that may be salvageable, the process is one that must be done in a timely matter with the use of specialty tug boats, barges, and cranes.
Common Maritime Salvage Work Injuries
Salvors may work beneath and above the waters each of which can pose a different type of danger, in some cases the ship could even catch on fire and explode.
Some common injuries associated with salvage work include:
- Head Trauma
- Decompression Sickness
- Cuts & Lacerations
- Eye Injuries
- Loss of Limp
- Exposure to Dangerous Toxins
- Wrongful Death
Furthermore, head-on collisions with the vessel or other vessels being used during the salvage process could occur. Injuries may even happen once the salvor is back on the dock.
Contact our Baton Rouge Maritime Law Attorneys
Although maritime salvage work is a dangerous occupation, many people turn to it as a way to make a living and expect their peers and superiors to act reasonably in these situations. When a negligent act leads to an injury, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering.
At Simien & Simien our attorneys are knowledgeable in maritime law and can help you determine what your legal rights are. We are a law firm you can trust to fight for what is right and just. Our attorneys have a tremendous amount of legal experience and will work to help guide you or your loved ones through the legal process.
We have offices located throughout Louisiana and proudly serve the following areas:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
…and many more towns and cities throughout Louisiana, Texas and other parts of the country with appropriate local counsel association. Contact us today at (800) 374-8422 for a no-cost, no-obligation maritime claim evaluation.
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