According to MSN, Louisiana ranked eighth out of 10 deadliest states for workers. This state is home to various waterways, which provide maritime jobs for residents. However, maritime occupations are dangerous and can cause life-altering damage and in some cases, result in death.
At The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux, we understand the dangers that come with this type of occupation. For this reason, our maritime lawyers share the most dangerous jobs in the maritime industry and the benefits you may be entitled to receive after an injury.
If you or a loved one were injured while on the sea, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team has helped countless workers obtain benefits due to an injury on the job.
Why Are Maritime Jobs Dangerous?
While waterways provide various jobs, the maritime industry is highly dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the water transportation industry has a fatality rate 4.7 times higher than the rate for all U.S. workers.” Maritime workers face dangers every day, including:
- Chemical hazards
- Radiation exposure
- Stress-related illnesses
- Respiratory hazards
- Fires and explosions
- Falling objects
These dangers have resulted in both injuries and death. It’s vital that if you have experienced any type of maritime injury, that you notify your employer immediately.
The Most Dangerous Maritime Jobs
Maritime jobs include a wide variety of roles such as fishermen, pilots, deckhands, and more. While any maritime occupation is riskful, there are some more inherent to danger than others. Some of the most dangerous maritime jobs include the following:
The responsibility of a longshoreman is to haul cargo off and on ships. Daily, these workers ensure that cargo is safely transported and make the cargo does not fall into the ocean. They undergo physical labor, hazardous conditions, and operate heavy equipment.
Oil Rig Workers
This type of worker handles the drilling and extraction of oil and gas. These workers have to operate in hot and humid conditions, which be draining and stressful. Furthermore, they are around chemicals and large machinery which are often on platforms with limited space. Various types of accidents such as fires can lead to serious and/or life-changing injuries.
Fishermen have a tough job, and often have to spend weeks or even months at sea away from family and friends. Furthermore, weather conditions can have a major impact on the overall safety of these workers.
Despite the safety precautions put in place to help to protect these types of workers, accidents and injuries can still happen. For this reason, it’s imperative to know that in a maritime accident, benefits may be available for damages.
Am I Entitled To Benefits?
Work-related injuries on the sea are handled vastly different in comparison to injuries that occur on land. There are certain laws that govern maritime accidents and are complex to handle alone without legal guidance. Our maritime lawyers highly recommend that you contact us to learn what options are obtainable after your accident.
If you’re entitled to benefits for your injury, it can help cover costs such as:
- Medical bills- This can include emergency room visits, hospital stay, physical therapy, and more. The extent of your medical bills will depend on the severity of your injury and/or injuries.
- Pain and suffering- Benefits may be available to compensate you for the physical, mental, and emotional damage due to the accident.
- Lost wages- In many cases, an injury may prevent you from working. Benefits can help cover some of your lost wages while you focus on recovery.
While benefits cannot repair the damage done, it can help cover the expenses related to your work-place accident. Keep in mind that the benefits you could potentially receive will depend on the nature of your case. Every maritime case is unique and results will vary. It’s in your best interest to consult an attorney who understands maritime law.
Have You Been Injured While on Sea? Contact Our Firm To Learn About Your Legal Options.
The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux is passionate about serving the people of Lafayette and Metairie. Our maritime lawyers have been representing clients for over two decades. With our experience in this form of law and attention to detail, you can trust that your case is in good hands.
Let our team help you navigate the difficult legal process. Call our law office today at (337) 221-4910 or fill out free consultation form. We are ready to review your case and inform you of your legal options.