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Back Injuries

After the common cold, back injuries are the most common reason for missing work in the United States. What's unfortunate is that at least one-third of these injuries could be prevented by better job design. This is especially true in the maritime industry. With heavy equipment, labor-intensive tasks, slippery and uneven surfaces, the maritime workday is filled with risks for back injuries. Most of these injuries can be avoided with the right precautions, equipment, and safety education.

Unfortunately, many maritime employers are negligent and don’t implement these important measures. If you work for a Washington maritime company that has been negligent in attempting to prevent safety hazards and have suffered a back injury, it is important to consider an experienced Seattle maritime injury attorney to assist you in fighting for fair compensation through maintenance and cure, the seaworthiness doctrine, and the Jones Act.

Maritime Back Injury Attorney in Washington and Oregon

The experienced maritime injury lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Seattle, Portland, and Bellingham have decades of combined experience coast-to-coast with maritime law, personal injury law, and getting seamen like you the compensation you deserve for an injury sustained due to your maritime employer's negligence. Their dedication is rooted in each attorney's personal passion for the maritime industry.

You are suffering enough with your injury, your finances shouldn't also suffer for an accident that your employer could have prevented. For your free consultation on what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can do for your Portland maritime back injury case, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.


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Causes of Maritime Back Injury in Oregon

When you work in the maritime industry in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California, you are constantly involved in and surrounded by risks of injury to your back – whether you work onshore or offshore. Additionally, not all back injuries are instantaneous. You may actually have an ongoing back problem from continued stress and not know it until the pain and injury are severe. The most common causes of back injuries to dock workers, seafarers, fishermen, and other maritime workers include:

The top two most common causes of back injuries are repetitive motion and heavy lifting. If a company fails to teach proper safety technique to a person who regularly handles things like cargo,crab pots, and heavy machinery causing constant pulling, pushing, twisting, lifting, and other strain on the worker's back, that person could suffer a severe back injury. If the maritime company doesn't teach proper safety procedure and technique or provide proper equipment, that is a sign of negligence and they are most likely liable for your injury under the Jones Act or other maritime law.


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Types of Maritime Back Injury

What kind of back injury a seaman sustains depends entirely on the circumstances surrounding the accident. If you spend weeks, months, or even years making the same lifting or moving mistake due to the lack of training or back brace availability, your injury will probably involve a type of muscle, nerve, or bone strain or other deterioration. If you were involved in an accident that had direct impact on your back, there are most likely fractures, tears, or breakage involved in your back injury. Some of the most common back injuries seen on seafarers, processors, longshoremen, and other maritime workers include:


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Recoverable Damages for Washington Maritime Back Injuries

Generally, when it comes to the Jones Act and other maritime laws such as the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, you have a right to recover damages to make up for most or all expenses incurred by your maritime back injury. This includes medical costs and potentially other expenses involved with factors such as your inability to work. Common damages recovered in maritime back injury cases in places like Portland and Seattle include:


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Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski | Maritime Injury Lawyer for Back Injuries Serving Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California

If you have experienced a back injury due to the negligence of your maritime employer in Washington or Oregon, or at sea in the North Pacific, Bering Sea,Gulf of Alaska, Inside Passage, or Puget Sound, it is important to review all of your options and strategies towards obtaining favorable compensation. Even if you are satisfied with what your maritime employer has offered you for the back injury you suffered on the job, have an experienced Seattle maritime injury attorney review your case to make sure you are receiving fair compensation for your injuries.

The maritime injury lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski will personally look out for you and your family's needs when it comes to compensation for your back injury – not for your employer's bottom line. To schedule your free initial case review with Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.

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