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Maritime employees, such as drillers, sailors, and riggers, work in some of the most dangerous workplaces in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offshore oil rig workers have a fatality rate seven times the national average. Similarly, workers in port operations and marine terminals have a fatality rate that is five times above the average.
Read on to learn why maritime work is dangerous, why safety is important at sea, and what laws protect maritime workers. We’ll also cover how an experienced Tyler, Texas maritime lawyer can help you if you or a loved one have been injured or killed by a maritime occupational accident.
Offshore rigs and ships are risky places to work because of their proximity to the sea. As such, employers of maritime workers have a heightened responsibility to keep workers as safe as possible by maintaining proper safety standards. If an employer’s negligence creates an unsafe work environment, employees can hold them accountable for any injuries or deaths resulting from that oversight.
Employer negligence can cause the following injury-causing incidents, some of which may be fatal:
If you’re not a seaman, you can seek workplace injury claims under The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).
This Act pays benefits to injured maritime workers who have temporary or permanent total or partial disabilities. The benefits cover all necessary and reasonable medical treatments, a portion of lost wages, and travel expenses for receiving those medical treatments. The Act also provides free job retraining if the worker can’t return to maritime employment after their injury.
Additionally, the LHWCA provides compensation for the surviving spouses of maritime workers who died of work-related injuries.
Maritime accidents can cause life-altering catastrophic injuries such as amputations, burns, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or death as a result of a maritime accident, reach out to our Tyler maritime law attorneys. We at Morris & Dewett have over 20 years of experience fighting for victims of workplace accidents. Known throughout Texas and Louisiana for personalized counsel, we know what it takes to win the toughest maritime injury cases and secure maximum damages inside and outside the courtroom.
Interested in experiencing the Morris & Dewett difference? Email us or call (318) 221-1508 for a free consultation. We’re available 24/7 for confidential consultations and advice. What’s more, you don’t pay if you don’t win.