Container Ship Accident

Container Ship Accident

Container or cargo ships are a vital part of the U.S. economy, bringing various bulk goods across our nation’s waterways. Container ships may hold just about anything, from luxury cars to combustible materials.


Container ship accidents occur more often than people might think. As with any maritime job, working on a container ship in docks, piers or out at sea holds significant risk for injury. In 2014, maritime accidents claimed as many as 2,118 lives and cost $783 million in insured losses.

As recent as October 1st, 2015, the U.S. cargo ship El Faro sank off the coast of the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, taking its 33 crew members to the depths (there were no survivors). This is just one of the many marine disasters that have occurred over the past few years.

It doesn’t matter the assignment or job description, every person working at sea faces dangers, some that are often unforeseen. When an injury occurs, it can have long-term effects on a person and their families. It can affect their physical condition, but also their financial situation, and emotional well-being, especially after facing a traumatic situation. Depending on the injury, it could prevent a person from being able to return to work at full capacity, which in turn, affects income and livelihood.

Container Ship Accidents

If you are a maritime worker injured on a container ship, you have the right to recover lost wages and have your medical care expenses covered. You may be entitled to additional benefits if your injuries were caused by negligence on behalf of the captain or crew, or if the vessel you worked on was unseaworthy. An attorney well versed in maritime law can help protect your rights.

At Pierce Skrabanek, we’ve dedicated our careers to helping injured maritime workers recover their losses and secure compensation for their injuries. We may be able to help you, too.

Injuries suffered from cargo or container ships are often more serious than a few scrapes or bruises. Cargo ships, and their accompanying freight containers, are massive. In fact, container ships are among the biggest ever built. Their potential to cause injury to workers is equally large. Common injuries on cargo ships include:

  • Electrocution
  • Crane accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Machinery explosions
  • Hazardous material exposure
  • Collision between ship and pier- mooring operations can result in serious injuries if performed by poorly trained staff

Safety precautions should be put into place and upheld at all times for the all those aboard these ships. When protocols aren’t followed or when they are overlooked, it endangers everyone involved. The severity of injuries could cause someone irreparable damage or in some cases, lead to death.

Steps to Take When Injured on a Cargo or Container Ship

If you are unfortunate enough to be injured on the job, seek immediate medical care from a doctor and keep all documentation of medical records. Report the accident and all medical findings to your employer. Note any and all witnesses of the incident. If possible, include pictures of the injury and the accident scene. In the event you file a Jones Act lawsuit, these photos will make strong proof of liability.

When you are able, contact a maritime attorney who can review your records and advise you on the best legal course of action. This especially holds true if you have lost a loved one to a cargo ship accident. A maritime attorney can help alleviate the stress and confusion of filing a Jones Act claim, allowing your family space to grieve and helping you secure the monetary damages your family needs to continue on.

How Our Container Ship Accident Attorneys Can Help

Maritime law is an intricate field, so it’s vital that those injured on container ships seek the help of an experienced cargo accident attorney. At Pierce Skrabanek, we have dedicated our careers to helping injured seamen and longshore workers because we know how vital their work is to our economy.

We’ve secured significant verdicts on behalf of our clients who have Jones Act and other maritime cases. When it comes to recovery for those who have been injured, our attorneys fight aggressively for the compensation owed due to the negligence or liability of others.

We believe everyone deserves a safe workplace. If you’ve been hurt on the job, you need to take action. Our attorneys can help you recover damages to get your life back on board. To find out how we can help, contact us today for a free case evaluation. There’s never any obligation on your part.