Maritime workers are vulnerable to any number of accidents within their field, and there are many causes. Independent research shows that each year, approximately 50 offshore workers will suffer significant injuries due to negligence, and 10 will lose their lives. A thorough understanding of maritime law is critical in cases of offshore accidents that result in injury or death because of the negligence of the responsible parties.
Fires, explosions, and collisions on offshore rigs are only some of the risks that maritime workers face on a daily basis. Fires— categorized as minor, major or catastrophic according to the dollar amount of damage they cause— are the most prevalent type of offshore accidents on oil rigs, and occur because of malfunctioning equipment, and are enhanced by the presence of highly flammable substances.
Have you or someone that you love suffered a maritime injury that was caused by a faulty piece of equipment or negligent safety regulations? Did you know that the injury victim may be eligible to file a damages lawsuit claiming for financial compensation for any injuries or losses sustained in the accident?
At the law offices of Simien and Simien, our highly trained lawyers have decades of experience helping injury victims to fight for their rights and are ready to help obtain the justice that you deserve.
We offer 100% FREE consultations and only get paid when we win.
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What Is The Jones Act?
After health has been stabilized, injured maritime employees should focus on their rights, and may have the right to file a claim for damages through the Jones Act. If a maritime injury or accident has affected you or a loved one, make a plan to meet with an experienced maritime lawyer to discuss possible options for compensation that may be owed to you.
Under the Jones Act, maritime workers who have been injured on the job can recover compensation for:
- Ongoing treatment costs
- Past hospital bills
- Permanent disability
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form located to the right – it’s 100% FREE to send.
Common Hazardous Maritime Occupations
Oil rigs are not the only offshore work environment susceptible to serious maritime accidents, however. Other hazardous maritime occupations include:
- Dock or port workers
- Ships’ crew members
- Commercial fisherman
- Barge operators
- Dredge operators
…and many others
These are only a small sampling of the maritime occupations that comprise some of the most dangerous careers with frighteningly perilous working conditions.
The United States Department of Transportation and the Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) conduct studies each year on the safety of various watercraft's, examining the incidences of offshore accidents that occur on those watercrafts. In 2000, 6,200 watercrafts were involved in accidents resulting in 61 deaths, 155 persons injured and approximately $811 million in total property damage costs.
Causes of Maritime Injuries
Any number of factors can lead to an unsafe and potentially dangerous working environment for maritime workers. The following are causes that have been found as major factors that contribute to maritime accidents and injury to employees:
- Human error
- Equipment malfunction
- Toxic chemicals
- Minor, major or catastrophic fires
- Explosions on oil rigs
- Loss of well control
The factor that is the least controllable is human error, which can either mitigate a crisis or result in any number of negligent or irresponsible behaviors. If the responsible parties are careless or negligent, their actions could create a maelstrom of chaos, leading to the undue suffering of their maritime employees.
Types of Maritime Injuries
Injuries sustained by maritime workers may not always result in death, but for the survivors of maritime accidents it is obvious that many of the situations they are faced with are indeed life threatening. Some of the most common types of maritime injuries are:
- Loss of limb or amputation
- Back, neck and head trauma
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
Unfortunately, the physical and emotional trauma is boundless in situations as dangerous as those presented by the challenges of offshore work, and after an incident workers must examine to what extent the actions, or inaction, of those around them caused the accident to become more severe, and whether the accident could have been avoided by the proper procedures.
Employees Not Covered by The Jones Act
Maritime occupations also include jobs where workers spend a majority of their time on piers, wharves, docks or other locations on shore. These workers could be repairing seafaring vessels, loading or unloading cargo or helping build ships.
These jobs are not covered by The Jones Act. That is why the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) was created to accommodate workers' compensation claims from these employees.
The LHWCA provides benefits to workers who were injured at work or contracted on-the-job diseases. Many of these benefits continue for the duration of an employee's injury, providing financial stability while the worker recovers or adjusts to life now that he or she can no longer work.
If you are covered by the LHWCA, our Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act attorneys can help you obtain fair compensation for your on-the-job injuries.
Contact our maritime lawyers right now. Call (800) 374-8422.
Contact Our Texas & Louisiana Maritime Injury Lawyers Today
At the law offices of Simien & Simien, we genuinely understand the hardships that injury victims and their families can face after an accident has taken place.
With this in mind, we proudly offer 100% FREE case evaluations, which enable our team of attorneys to determine if we believe there are sufficient grounds to make a claim or file a lawsuit for damage compensation. If so, we can advise on the most efficient way to move forward with proceedings.
Our firm has personal injury attorneys that are licensed in both Louisiana and Texas to provide person injury services in those states. The firm, with appropriate local counsel, also provides representation in other states as well. Some of the places in which our firm has represented clients in Louisiana and Texas include:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
- Port Allen
... and all other areas throughout Louisiana.
.... and all other areas throughout East Texas.
To find out how we could help you, simply fill out the 100% FREE and strictly confidential “Case Evaluation” form at the top of the page or call us Toll Free at (800) 374-8422. We have intake staff ready to take your call and after some brief, initial questions about the nature of your inquiry, you will be quickly connected to one of our highly skilled lawyers.