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Understanding the Rights of Maritime Workers Who Have Suffered Back Injuries

By Steve Charpentier on October 30, 2015

Man holding his back in painMaritime work is very labor-intensive and often takes place in a hazardous environment. As a result, injury is a real risk for these workers. Slip and fall accidents, shifting cargo, and heavy loads are just some of the things that could lead to back injuries. When an injury does occur, it is important to consult maritime lawyers who understand the intricacies of maritime law. At Charpentier Law Firm, we have worked with numerous maritime workers suffering from back injuries in the Melbourne, FL area. Our maritime lawyers understand the specifics of maritime laws and can help injury victims determine if they may be due financial compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Risks of Maritime Work

Maritime work is known to be a dangerous field. Because of the hazardous environment and the intensive labor, most workers accept that there is a chance for injury. However, while a minor injury may be expected, it is also understood that maritime employers are expected to have guidelines and protocols in place to reduce risks and prevent serious injuries. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. If a serious injury, such as a back injury, does occur, and proper precautions were not taken to prevent the injury, then the injury victim may be due compensation for damages suffered. Below are some examples of avoidable back injuries:

  • Slips or falls on a surface without anti-skid treatment
  • Improperly loaded cargo falling onto a maritime worker
  • Unsecured equipment falling on a worker
  • Lack of handrails to help prevent slips or falls
  • Walkways that are not kept clear

Damages of a Back Injury

Back injuries are some of the most common injuries suffered by maritime workers, and, unfortunately, also some of the most damaging types of injuries. Back injuries can vary in severity, but even a minor back injury can result in the need for costly medical treatment and time away from work. Some of the damages of a back injury that may be eligible for financial compensation include medical expenses, the cost of future medical care, lost wages or loss of earning potential, and pain and suffering.

Understanding Your Rights

Maritime laws differ from the laws that are set out to protect workers on land. Because of this, it is important to work with a lawyer who is experienced in maritime law and understands the guidelines that have been set up to protect maritime workers. At Charpentier Law Firm, we have a team of experienced maritime lawyers who understand these laws and can help you navigate your case to determine if financial compensation should be awarded.

Contact Us

If you’ve been injured in a maritime work accident, it is important to consult an experienced maritime lawyer to learn about your legal rights. Our maritime lawyers at Charpentier Law Firm are happy to discuss your accident and help you determine the best course of legal action. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you.

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