Goldblatt Singer – Skilled Seaman Injury Lawyers
Life out on the open water is not always a vacation. The hours are long. The work is grueling. Commercial vessels, such as cruise ships, barges, platforms or jack-up rigs can be dangerous. For the hardworking boatmen of the Mississippi River, Missouri and Illinois lakes or any other body of water, these conditions are just part of the job description.
Because of theses hazards, vessels are subject to strict safety codes and procedures that protect the wellbeing of the workers and passengers aboard the ship. When those safety measures are violated, someone could be inured or killed.
The most common types of hazardous conditions that lead to injury include:
- Broken or improperly maintained equipment
- Improper training
- Negligence of the captain or crewmates
- Grease or oil on the deck
- Failure to follow safety protocol
Who’s Liable On The Water?
The two major maritime laws governing seaman personal injury cases are the Jones Act for Workers’ Compensation and Long Shoreman and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. According to these laws that protect seaman rights, many important factors decide who is held liable:
- Injured worker’s role aboard the ship
- Vessel type
- Circumstances around the accident
Call the Injury Lawyers at Goldblatt Singer
We know you’re skilled at navigating rough waters, but if you or someone you care about has been injured onboard a commercial vessel, contact us and let us help you safely navigate the personal injury case system.
We have more than 65 years of experience in personal injury law. Our team has helped recover more than $400 million for our clients. From your first free consultation through insurance questions and medical bills, we are here to support you.