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Most Common Types Of Maritime Accidents And Injuries

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Most Common Types Of Maritime Accidents And Injuries

Author: Fitzgerald & Bomier, LLC, Appleton, Wisconsin

Been Injured Offshore Or While Working At Sea? Contact A Louisiana Maritime Lawyer Today

Louisiana is home to multiple bodies of water which provide numerous jobs to local residents. Although the waters create job opportunities for countless people, it can also be a dangerous place to work. Work accidents can occur at any moment on the water and it’s important to know what legal options you have after suffering an injury.

In most cases, those who have suffered injuries while on the job can use workers’ compensation to help cover their medical expenses and lost wages. However, rules apply differently to maritime workers.

If you or a loved one has been injured while at sea, call The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux today. Our Louisiana maritime lawyers have nearly 20 years of experience helping innocent victims recover compensation for their injury cases. Whether it’s an offshore injury, onshore injury, or overboard accident, our team can help.

Maritime Law And Admiralty Law

The Maritime and Admiralty laws both govern what happens on navigable waters like oceans, rivers, large lakes, and any bodies of water where commercial shipping takes place.

What Is The Jones Act?

The Jones Act is a law that specifically applies to seamen or merchant mariners who have been injured while aboard ships. The Jones Act provides the injured victim with compensation for any injuries that occurred due to the negligence of a fellow seaman, the vessel’s owner, the captain, or another member of the ship’s crew.

How To Support Your Potential Legal Claim

After an accident has occurred, it can be overwhelming to know what steps you should take. Here are a few suggestions you can follow to help you after experiencing an injury:

  1. Inform your employer- It’s important to let your employer know immediately that you were injured on the job.
  2. Seek medical attention- Even if your injury does not appear to be severe, it’s still important to see a doctor.  
  3. Keep a record of all your expenses- Depending on the seriousness of your injury, you may need future treatment to recover. It’s in your best interest to keep track of your expenses in order to receive fair compensation.
  4. Contact a Louisiana maritime lawyer- When you contact one of our personal injury attorneys, we will review your case to see if you’re eligible for compensation.  

Common Maritime Accidents

Common maritime accidents can include:

Falling Overboard

An individual can fall overboard for numerous reasons. Whether due to loading cargo or fishing, falling into the water can be dangerous and result in hypothermia, drowning, or other serious dangers.    

Fishing Injuries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “There were 334 fatal occupational injuries to fishers and related fishing workers over the 2003-2009 period. The five states with the most fatalities during this period are also ones that are traditionally associated with fishing activities: Alaska (70), Massachusetts (39), Florida (29), Louisiana (25), and Oregon (25).”  Fishing jobs can include lumpers, shrimpers, and others. Dangerous equipment or a lack of proper safety gear can cause serious injuries.

Slip and Falls

The decks of vessels can lead to serious slip and fall accidents because of uneven or cluttered floors.

Equipment Accidents

Anytime jobs involve large equipment, there is a strong possibility an accident can occur. Injuries tend to happen when the equipment is not properly used, or workers miscommunicate while equipment is in use. It’s vital that workers operate machinery correctly to limit these types of accidents.   

Chemical Burns

Chemical burns usually take place in the engine room and galley. These injuries can cause permanent damage to the body.   

Onshore Accidents

Onshore workers can also experience injuries. Accidents such as fires or falls are not uncommon in onshore workplaces.

Enclosed Spaces

Tight workspace environments can create injuries. Toxic fumes, for example, can cause poisoning and areas where oxygen levels are low can create risks of asphyxia.

Although these are some of the most common maritime accidents, there are many more that can occur.

Common Maritime Injuries

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Injuries caused by maritime accidents can vary and will depend upon the severity of the accident. Some of the most common injuries include:

Brain Injuries

In some cases, head injuries can cause serious damage to the brain. Some head injuries include concussions, hemorrhaging, and cognitive issues.

Acoustic Trauma

Hearing damage can lead to long-term struggles and make it challenging to work.  

Back Injuries

These types of injuries vary from strains to herniated disks.  

Amputations

Sometimes injuries can result in the loss of a limb, which can greatly impact an individual’s quality of life.

Burns

Burns can create emotional scars and physical disfigurement.

Eye Injuries

The loss of vision or impairment can make it difficult for an individual to return to work.   

If you have suffered any type of injury due to a maritime accident, seek the advice of an attorney.

What Types Of Damages Are Available For Injuries

The injuries listed above can dramatically impact the livelihood of an individual and their family, but compensation is meant to help ease some of the burdens after suffering injuries on the job. Some of the compensation you may be entitled to can include the following:

  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Mental anguish
  • Lost wages
  • Living expenses
  • Disfigurement
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

In order to know what type of compensation you may be able to receive, it’s important to speak with one of our attorneys to discuss the details of your case. Even if you think your injury is minor, you may still be able to receive compensation.  

If You’re In Pain, Call Blaine

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Our Louisiana maritime lawyers know the laws surrounding these types of cases, and we are ready to help you through the legal process.

Our firm represents clients who have suffered injuries and need legal guidance to help them receive the compensation they rightfully deserve.

The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux is ready to evaluate your case to see what legal options you may have for your injuries. Call us today at (337) 989-1212 or fill out our free case evaluation form.

About The Author

Rachel Fitzgerald and Sam Bomier are workers’ compensation lawyers in Appleton, Wisconsin and the founding attorneys of Fitzgerald & Bomier, LLC. Fitzgerald & Bomier is a Wisconsin law firm that focuses exclusively on the needs of individuals and small businesses on legal matters involving workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability claims.

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