Work with a Skilled Offshore Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury while working as a maritime employee or harbor worker, you have come to the right place. There is no such thing as an easy job for those who are involved in the commercial maritime industry, and offshore accidents are a common and tragic occurrence. When a serious accident occurs, legal questions are likely to arise about the types of compensation that is available for certain types of injuries. With the help of an offshore injury attorney from our firm, you can learn how to go about seeking compensation for you and your family.
Causes of Offshore Accidents
The years of experience that we have in dealing with maritime accidents has revealed a common thread in what causes these accidents to occur. As unfortunate as it may be, employer negligence is one of the most common causes of accidents for employees who are working offshore. Regardless of the specific occupation title, every offshore worker is put under the care of an employer for the majority of their day. It is the legal responsibility of a maritime employer to maintain a safe working environment and to protect employees against avoidable hazards.
Injured offshore workers commonly suffer injuries such as the following:
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Lost limbs
- And more
These accidents can be cause by fires and explosions, falls, equipment failures, or other deck accidents. Every maritime company is required to train employees on current safety standards and practices, but sometimes employers can become lazy or negligent and it is the workers who pay the price.
Common Offshore Accidents
The maritime industry exposes offshore workers to a variety of hazards, including:
- Explosions and Fires: Improperly stored fuel, combustible fumes in closed engine compartments, ruptured tanks, and well blowouts are among the possible causes of fires and explosions. These fires can spread quickly.
- Deck Accidents: Wet stairs, slippery catwalks, unsecured ladders and falling objects, swinging cables, and unsecured cargo frequently cause deck accidents, which can be deadly if there are no protective rails.
- Equipment Failures: These can occur when cable lines snap, cranes fail, and watertight doors are left unsecured. In some cases, the accident may be caused by manufacturing defect or by negligent maintenance.
- Jack-Up Rig Accidents: Blowouts on offshore jack-up rigs can cause explosions. Corroded ring gaskets can result in gas leaks and loss of well control. If not properly stability, they can capsize.
- Commercial Fishing Boats: Fingers and limbs can be caught in nets and other equipment, and sharp fishing tools can lead to amputations, disfigurement, and permanent disability.
Contact an Offshore Injury Lawyer for Help!
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are thoroughly acquainted with your rights as an offshore worker. We have dedicated countless hours to studying maritime laws such as the Jones Act and the Limitation of Liability Act so that we can provide you with exceptional legal representation for any situation. If you are suffering from an offshore accident, now is the time to act.
An experienced personal injury lawyer from our firm is waiting to help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of your injury claim so that you can receive the maximum amount of compensation available.