Types of Maritime Accident Injuries
Working on and near the water is physically demanding and comes with significant hazards. Maritime workers can suffer serious injuries in the course of their everyday work. Fortunately, they have recourse through general maritime law and other legislation such as the Jones Act and the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. The South Jersey maritime accident lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. have been helping injured maritime workers since the firm’s founding in 1945. Our knowledge and experience can make the difference if you have experienced a maritime accident and are seeking compensation for your injuries. We have represented maritime workers with every type of injury including but not limited to:
Amputations – Amputation is unfortunately an injury common among maritime workers. The use of cables under tension and mooring lines contribute to accidents that lead to an amputation when a worker’s hand or limb becomes entangled in the line. Besides the obvious physical trauma of an amputation, there is also an emotional toll afterwards, especially if the person is left with a disability that renders them unable to return to work.
Back injuries – Seamen and harbor workers must often lift and work with heavy cargo putting them at risk for back injuries such as herniated discs. This type of injury can require significant time off from work and physical therapy to heal completely.
Broken bones and fractures – Slip and falls on wet or oily deck surfaces are a major cause of fractures and broken bones. Maritime workers can also be struck by objects, whether equipment or cargo, that result in broken bones.
Burns – Engine room fires, fuel explosions, faulty fire safety systems, and welding equipment are just some of the sources of burn injuries for maritime workers. Severe burns require extensive hospital treatment and often also multiple follow up surgeries for skin grafts. Burns may result in permanent scarring and disfigurement and leave victims with emotional trauma as well.
Chemical exposure – Some of the work done out at sea takes place in various confined spaces on the vessel such as cargo holds, storage rooms and chain lockers. Without proper ventilation there is a real risk to workers of poisoning from toxic fumes, and even fatalities from asphyxiation.
Fatal injuries – Maritime workers can perish at sea if they fall overboard and cannot be rescued. The high seas can make rescues difficult and even at dock if a crew member falls overboard between vessels they may be difficult to reach. Fires or explosions onboard can also result in fatalities.
Head injuries – Being struck on the head by falling equipment or cargo while on rough seas can cause traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) include everything from mild concussions to severe injuries that can leave a worker with debilitating headaches and vision or behavior problems. Other effects of head injuries include dizziness, seizures, and difficulty concentrating.
Liability for Maritime Accidents
Maritime law requires that employers provide a safe workplace for their employees. This includes maintaining the seaworthiness of their vessels, providing proper training for everyone who uses them, and ensuring that the equipment used on board is in good condition. Employers who disregard these duties may be held responsible for the injuries suffered by seamen involved in a work accident where negligence was a factor.
South Jersey Maritime Accident Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Advocate for Injured Seamen
If you or a loved one has been injured working at sea, the South Jersey maritime accident lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. can help make sure you receive the maximum allowable benefits for your case. Contact us at 888-999-1962 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation in our Philadelphia or Cherry Hill, New Jersey offices, where we represent injury victims across the South Jersey area, including the communities of Cape May, Gloucester and Wildwood. We also represent clients in North Carolina from our Pinehurst location. We built our reputation advocating for injured maritime workers and we can help you too.