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 these 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 injured or killed.
The most common types of hazardous conditions that lead to injury include:
If you were a victim of any of these hazardous conditions, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the seamen injury lawyers at Goldblatt + Singer today.
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:
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 seaman 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. Give us a call today to talk through your case.