Working on and around water, on various types of seagoing vessels involves dangers inherent to the job; but maritime employers and vessel owners and operators are legally obligated to minimize workplace risks. Your employer is responsible for ensuring that your workplace is as free from hazards as possible.
The possibility of life-threatening injury is present on every vessel in every marine occupation. Maritime workers typically work around heavy machinery, on wet surfaces, on elevated workspaces, and with inadequate safety equipment and regulations in place.
Serious injuries working offshore can include:
- Broken bones
- Crushed appendages
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
Sadly, many of these injuries and wrongful deaths are preventable. Offshore workers routinely continue to suffer injuries caused by dangerous conditions. Offshore work is often physically intense, and any of the above the injuries can end the career of an experienced seaman.
Maritime Injury and Death Claims
Maritime cases are governed by their own unique set of federal laws, including:
- The Jones Act
- The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA)
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)
- General Maritime Law and Unseaworthiness Claims
- Maritime Piracy Laws
- Public Vessels Act
- Military Sealift Command
- The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)
Generally, the statute of limitations, or the time in which you can file your lawsuit, for maritime claims is three years; but many factors can change that, and shorten your statute of limitations. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important to contact us about your injuries.
If you think you may have a maritime law claim, please contact Liggett Law Group, and we will confidentially speak with you about your injury and answer your questions about maritime law. No matter where you live, we can help.