The maritime industry is comprised of those who work at sea, such as individuals working on offshore drilling rigs, shipping vessels, and on cruise ships, to name a few. It also applies not only to operations out in the ocean, but also to those transporting goods through inland waterways. The jobs in the offshore industry tend to be rough in nature, like commercial fisherman, professional divers, deckhands, and all other crewmembers. Given the work conditions, injury on the job is a common occurrence in a maritime setting. Oil rig explosions, ship accidents, mooring line accidents, equipment malfunction, and mishaps loading and unloading cargo are just a few of the causes that can injure a seaman at work.
Since maritime jobs are primarily conducted in international waters rather than on U.S. soil, there are unique laws that govern rules around injured employees seeking compensation for their injuries and trying to hold their employers accountable. Typically called maritime or admiralty laws, some of the main laws related to this include the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). These laws can allow for maritime workers to receive what is called “maintenance and cure,” which is financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills, ongoing therapy, and pain and suffering, if it can be shown the employer’s negligence was a contributing cause to the injury.
Given the complexity of these laws and the fact that many can apply to a certain situation, it is important to speak with an attorney after an offshore injury. Matthews & Forester has had years of practice helping clients receive the maximum amount possible to compensate for their injuries. We know how maritime laws can benefit our clients and are not afraid to take on all parties involved. We have the time and resources to see each client’s case through to a successful outcome.
Have you or a family member been injured when working in the maritime industry? Get in touch with Matthews & Forester today to discuss your injury and see what we can do to help you recover financially.