Maritime law and understanding common offshore accidents

| Sep 10, 2020 | Maritime Law |

Many Louisianans make their living on the water. This can be a risky endeavor. With serious injuries, there can be massive medical expenses, lost income from being unable to work and a litany of other challenges. Understanding the most common accidents is not only a critical aspect of improving safety, but it can give workers an idea as to their level of risk on the job. After an injury, it may be necessary to have legal advice in being compensated under the Jones Act.

Certain kinds of accidents are common

There are accidents that are relatively unique to the oil and gas industry. Workers should be cognizant of them. Being caught between moving parts can lead to serious injury. Being pinned can result in crush injuries, cuts and more. It can occur due to something as simple as a piece of clothing getting caught in rotating or revolving machinery. As with any job in which vehicles and large pieces of equipment are used, there can be a crash. These cause the most fatalities and are frequently sparked by workers who are fatigued or if there was a lack of planning from the company.

It is always a major news event when there is an explosion. Because there are substances that can easily explode and catch fire, workers can suffer catastrophic injuries and death if there is a mishap. Companies are vigilant about this problem, but that does not eliminate the danger. In any job where workers are stationed at great heights to perform their duties, there is a chance of falling. Although workers wear protective harnesses and take other steps for safety, falls can cause severe damage and fatalities. Workers in high-stress environments can deal with underlying physical and mental health issues. These may be called into question more than obvious physical injuries like broken bones and back injuries, but they can be just as bad if not worse.

Recovering compensation after maritime injuries may require legal help

For workers who are injured on a tug or barge, being compensated for what was lost is an important part of their future. Of course, the priority is getting the medical care required for the specific injury. After that, there will be financial concerns not just to pay for that medical care, but to recover income that is lost because of the inability to work. Employers and insurers could dispute the extent of the injury or deny that the person was hurt on the job at all. Consulting with a firm that is experienced in maritime law may be helpful in being adequately compensated for all that was lost.