Filing a Maritime Injury Claim
Maritime work—including jobs aboard tankers, trawlers, ships, barges,
platforms, jack-up rigs, or any other form of commercial ship or offshore
platform—can be among the most dangerous of all occupations. However,
if you or a loved one was injured or killed while working in a maritime
job, you have the right to seek compensation. That's why it's
important to talk to an experienced
offshore injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP as soon as possible.
Relief for Maritime Injuries and Deaths
Injuries and deaths aboard a ship or oil rig often are caused by the negligence
or recklessness of employers who have failed to provide safe working conditions
or by the carelessness of ship owners and co-workers.
Among the legal options for maritime workers and their families are:
Maritime Law Claims:
Under this centuries-old body of law, employers are required to fulfill
certain specific legal responsibilities, such as providing a seaworthy
vessel, paying medical bills for injured seamen, and covering room and board.
Maintenance & Cure: A ship owner has a legal duty to pay for an injured seaman's wages,
medical care, rehabilitation, and room and board until the seaman is fit
for duty again or reaches maximum medical recovery. Cure benefits include
a seaman's reasonable and necessary medical costs, including doctor
and hospital bills, MRI and CT scans, medical prescriptions, diagnostic
services, travel expenses, physical therapy, and in-home health care.
An employer who attempts to deny or prematurely cut off these benefits
is subject to legal action.
Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
This federal law mandates that employers provide compensation and medical
care to employees disabled from injuries that occur on the navigable waters
of the U.S. or in adjoining areas used to load, unload, repair, or build
Jones Act Claims: Injured seamen and crews of a vessel have the right under this federal
law to file lawsuits against ship owners or other crew in cases of
serious injury. Under The Jones Act, ship owners may be held liable for negligence and
the unseaworthiness of a vessel. The law defines seaman broadly to include
many workers in maritime trades, including workers on semi-submersible
rigs and towed oil platforms.
Wrongful Death: The family of a deceased offshore worker may bring a
wrongful death claim to recover damages if the worker was killed by a fire,
explosion, or accident caused by the negligence of the crew or a ship owner, inadequate
maintenance of the vessel, or sinking of a vessel due to operator error.
Death on High Seas Act: If the worker died while aboard a vessel more than three nautical miles
outside of territorial waters, the family may seek relief under this federal law.
Talk to Our Experienced Maritime Lawyers
Industrial injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP are experienced in
maritime law. We understand the complexities among the different federal
statutes that comprise maritime law, and we know how to get you the compensation
For a free consultation,
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