Defending Against Maritime Piracy
Maritime piracy is not ancient history, but rather is as alive and well as it has ever been. Modern maritime piracy attacks often involve robbery, but they can also sometimes turn violent. Sometimes pirates even take offshore workers hostage and demand a ransom. Because of the threat of maritime piracy, offshore companies have implemented plans in hopes of countering these attacks of maritime piracy. These plans may include test exercises, on-board security, or other preventative measures. If you work on a vessel that navigates foreign waters, then there should be a plan of defense in the event of an attack.
Some areas of the world are more dangerous than others, so it is important to know what waters are prone to attacks of piracy. Somalia is an extremely dangerous place for offshore workers. Taking place in these waters are not only the greatest number of attacks, but also the most violent attacks. It is the responsibility of your employer to adequately warn you of the dangers you face as an offshore worker in whatever area you are working in. You have the right to have that information disclosed to you, so if your employer is not fully informing you of pertinent information and you are injured as a result, then you may have a claim.
Many offshore employers are now implementing special training for their employees in the event of a piracy attack. It may take the form of a fire drill of sorts, so that vessel workers know exactly what to do in the event of a real emergency. If you are traveling in international waters but are not aware of any piracy defense training, then you should speak with your employer immediately. Your employer is responsible for your safety and wellbeing, so if you are harmed in an attack of piracy and your employer did not adequately warn you of how to respond in that situation, then you could be entitled to a claim.
Contact a Houston Offshore Injury Lawyer
If you are an offshore worker and encounter an attack of maritime piracy, then seek the help of a personal injury lawyer from Arnold & Itkin. Our firm knows the dangers of maritime piracy and we are also aware of your rights as a maritime worker. If you have a cause for concern, consult our firm. We will be able to inform you of your rights and evaluate your case to determine whether or not you are entitled to a claim.