ADMIRALTY / MARITIME LAW

Shoulder injuries common among maritime workers

| Oct 27, 2020 | Maritime Law |

There are many workers in the Metairie area who depend on their maritime jobs. Working on the water can be a risky endeavor. There are many hazards that maritime workers face and an injury can affect them for the rest of their working career. A shoulder injury is one such injury that can be serious.

Types of shoulder injuries

There are many types of shoulder injuries a maritime worker can face. These can include injuries from consistent strain and repetitive use such as continuous lifting, repetitive overhead lifting and excessive twisting. A maritime worker can also suffer a shoulder injury from an accident that occurs.

Some of these shoulder injuries are less serious than others, but it can take months or even years to recover from even a less serious shoulder injury. Shoulder accidents can be caused by working around unsafe equipment, slipping and falling, a piece of equipment hitting the shoulder area and injuries caused by lack of proper safety equipment.

Regardless of the cause of the shoulder injury, they can be extremely painful. Rotator cuff injury, tendonitis, dislocation, sprains, and many other injuries can happen to a maritime workers’ shoulders.

Legal remedies are available

If a maritime worker has been injured on the job they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in maritime law. An attorney understands the hazards that maritime workers face every day and can help their client understand their legal options.

An injured maritime worker may be facing many thousands of dollars in medical expenses and may also not be able to work for a period of time. How these expenses will be paid can be a major stress for families. A maritime worker should understand that they have legal rights and that there are options in these circumstances.