With heavy equipment, dangerous jobs, slippery decks, and other hazards, broken bones can be common on a ship or while working on a dock. Numerous accidents can lead to a fracture, which can be minor or lead to long-term disability. If you are a maritime employee who has suffered a broken bone due to the negligence or wrongful acts of your employer or crew, it is critical that you exercise your right to recover.
Washington, California, Oregon, and Alaska Maritime Lawyers for Broken Bones
If you have suffered a fracture while working on a maritime job, you could be eligible to recover under the Jones Act or general maritime law. A skilled maritime lawyer can help you identify your options and get you the compensation you deserve. We represent maritime workers throughout the Pacific Northwest, including in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and California.
Call BoatLaw, LLP today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
Information on Maritime Fractures
Severity of Fractures at Sea
Bones can be broken in several ways. The severity of the break will often depend on what happens when it fractures.
- Compound: The bone breaks through the skin. These can be very severe, with blood loss and infection likely.
- Hairline: This is a small crack in the bone.
- Complicated: A break may be complicated if it damages other organs, including nerves or veins.
- Comminuted: This type of break means the bone is shattered or broken into small pieces.
- Avulsion: Tendons connect muscles to bones. An avulsion fracture means the tendons have detached, often pulling out a portion of the bone.
- Compression: Occurs when a bone collapses. Compression fractures usually occur in short bones, like vertebrate.
- Stable Fracture: The broken ends of the bone line up and are barely out of place.
The severity of a break will also depend on the particular bone injured. A fractured femur, tibia, humerus, clavicle, rib, skull, or pelvis will all have different manifestations.
Broken bones may cause a person to be out of work for a long period of time because of their severity. Fractures at and around joints can lead to long-term disability and mobility problems, which may affect future ability to work.
Negligence and Wrongful Acts Leading to Broken Bones
The Jones Act allows seamen who have suffered injuries on the job due to the negligence or wrongful acts of an employer or crew to seek compensation.
For example, if a fellow crew member mishandled equipment and caused an accident that resulted in broken bones, you may be able to recover under the Jones Act. If your employer did not have proper procedures that led to you experiencing a fracture, you may be able to recover. If your employer did not have the proper medical equipment to immobilize a broken bone, you may be able to recover.
If you do not fulfill the requirements of the Jones Act, there may be another law under which you can recover. Contact a skilled attorney to discuss your options.
BoatLaw, LLP | Attorneys in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, or California for Fractures at Sea
If you have suffered a broken bone while working at sea, you may have a right to receive compensation for your injuries. One of the experienced maritime lawyers at BoatLaw, LLP can help you. Contact us today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule a free consultation.