Maritime injuries can be devastating and life-altering. If you were injured aboard a vessel, oil rig, offshore platform, barge, tanker, towboat or tugboat, you may be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal law created to protect the rights of injured seaman, crewmembers and workers aboard vessels, drilling rigs, towboats, barges, jack-up rigs, moveable platforms, docks or drill ships.
Working offshore is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Oftentimes, distraction, inadequate safety procedures, exhaustion, negligence by crewmembers and defective equipment or tools can lead to serious injuries.
Common Maritime Injuries
- Back and neck injuries- Offshore work often involves lifting heavy equipment or machines and transporting them on decks or gangways. This can cause enormous strain on the back and spine. Crewmembers can be directed to perform these tasks without proper safety equipment. These injuries can lead to surgeries for herniated or bulging discs.
- Burns- When equipment is not properly inspected or maintained, it can cause serious accidents. Whether it is a breaker or pipeline, the malfunction of these machines can lead to severe burns. Burn injuries are not only extremely painful but can cause significant scarring.
- Chemical/toxic exposure- Many offshore vessels and barges carry toxic chemicals that when exposed to human skin can cause serious reactions. Handling these substances in a safe manner is extremely important.
- Head trauma- working offshore can require significant manual labor and assisting crewmembers with equipment. Falling debris or defective tools or equipment can lead to significant head injuries.
- Amputations/lacerations- When handling heavy or sharp equipment, welders or crewmembers can experience lacerations from these objects.
Given the perils of working offshore, Congress enacted the Jones Act to afford crewmembers with compensation for personal injuries. Some of the compensation available under the Jones Act includes:
- Lost wages
- Future economic loss
- Pain and suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Medical expenses
In addition to the above compensation, employers must pay injured crewmembers maintenance and cure. Maintenance is the daily allowance to cover food and expenses that they would have received aboard a vessel. Cure refers to medical expenses such as hospital expenses, doctor’s visits and prescription medication. For more information regarding maintenance and cure, please visit our maintenance and cure page.
Maritime Injury Lawyers
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If you or a family member was injured offshore, please contact our law firm. We have extensive experience with maritime injuries. We will provide a free case evaluation. We handle all cases on a contingency basis, meaning that we don’t get paid unless we win or settle.