Employment on any maritime vessel can be physically draining and dangerous work. Seamen and offshore workers are protected under The Jones Act— a means of making a claim of injury on the job which necessitates compensation from the worker’s employer. The protection the act offers is vital, as maritime accident injuries can be severe, life threatening and deadly.
Statistics from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reflect a downward trend in maritime fatalities, citing a steady decline in individuals categorized as dead or missing from 2006 to 2011, or from 1,370 to 42, respectively. Though the number of fatalities may be decreasing, the Coast Guard reported 3,081 injuries from boating accidents in 2011 alone.
If you or someone you love was sustained a maritime accident injury because of another person or employer’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The hospital bills and medical expenses associated with a serious maritime injury can be enough to financially cripple a victim and their family.
The Eichholz Law Firm has vast experience litigating cases in the area of maritime law, and we will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to injury victims. We understand the pain and frustration of recovering from injuries while trying to protect your rights, and we can help bring the negligent parties to justice for you.
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Types of Maritime Accidents
Each different type of offshore work will carry its own risks, which can range from overuse injuries to serious physical harm or wrongful death. The varying industries, equipment and responsibilities that seamen encounter can be deadly if handled with imprudence or negligence.
The follow are a few common examples of maritime accidents:
- Cargo hauling incidents
- Commercial fishing
- Crude oil tankers
- Cruise ship
- Driving support vessel mishaps
- Marine crane accidents
- Offshore oil rigs
- …to name a few.
The main link between these different accident types is human error coupled with heavy equipment and dangerous work. If any person onboard behaves irresponsibly or fails to act when necessary, they could cause serious injury and loss of life to one or all of the crew members. In maritime work it is crucial that everyone understands and does their part according to standard safety measures.
Injuries Associated with Maritime Accidents
Situations that give rise to injury can quickly escalate into emergency situations if not handled properly. Responding according to proper procedures can mean the difference between life and death. Even if an injury is not life threatening a delay in treatment can worsen the condition.
The following are some of the injuries frequently experienced while a worker is at sea:
- Back and neck injury
- Bone fractures
- Decompression sickness
- Dental trauma
- Exposure to toxins
- Frostbite/ hypothermia
- Loss of limb, or amputation
- Puncture wounds
- Slip-and-fall incident
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Wrongful death
- …and many others.
Under The Jones Act, the families of injured and wrongfully killed workers are protected as the worker’s rights are, though if a claim is denied the burden of medical bills and recovery expenses are shouldered by the victim.
If you were injured at sea, contact a skilled Georgia maritime injury lawyer to examine the details of your case and help you understand the rights you have in court. Don’t suffer in silence while the negligent party is not held accountable— learn your rights and let our law firm defend them.
Savannah GA Maritime Law Attorneys Can Help You Today
The Eichholz Law Firm strongly believes maritime accident injury victims deserve fair and experienced representation. We are here to help guide you through the legal process swiftly and painlessly, so that that lives of you and your loved ones can return to a sense of normalcy.
With our main office located in Savannah, GA – our lawyers provide comprehensive legal services to many cities throughout Georgia, including:
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With decades of combined legal experience helping residents throughout Georgia, we have won over $40 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our customers, and have the skill and resources to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation today.
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