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Head Injuries

The maritime industry is a very high-risk environment when it comes to head injuries. Especially considering the constant motion of the vessel, not to mention all the heavy machinery and equipment involved. Head injuries may be minor and easily treatable, but in a vessel or dock environment suffering a major head injury is common.

These injuries can be life altering for days, weeks, or even permanently. You or your loved one deserve compensation and justice for any head injury caused by a maritime accident involving the negligence of a maritime employer. An experienced Washington, Alaska, California, or Oregon maritime personal injury lawyer can help you pursue a favorable outcome in a maritime head injury settlement or lawsuit.

Maritime Head Injury Attorney in Washington, Alaska, California, and Oregon

The Washington, Alaska, California, and Oregon maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC have decades of experience handling maritime injury cases like yours coast-to-coast, and will use whatever means possible to get you the compensation you deserve. Whether it is best for your maritime head injury case to reach a settlement or go to civil trial, Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC will work together and keep your interests at heart.

We are accustomed to fighting maritime companies and insurance companies in Oregon, Washington, California, and Alaska who are only concerned with their bottom line for the fair compensation you deserve because of their negligence. For your free consultation on how Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC can help your maritime personal injury case, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.


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Maritime Head Injury Information Center


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Types of Maritime Head Injuries

Generally, when it comes to head injuries there are two types: a closed head injury and an open head injury. A closed head injury is when an injury occurs but the skull is not broken, fractured, or pierced. An open head injury occurs when the skull is pierced or fractured. All head injuries are serious due to the risk to the brain, but often closed head injuries are more difficult to diagnose and, if the brain is injured severely enough, require extensive consideration and treatment. Some of the head injuries that occur more commonly in a maritime environment include:

  • Skin lacerations
  • Hemorrhage
  • External bruising
  • Fracture of the skull
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Cerebral contusion or brain bruising
  • Hematomas or brain bleeds
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Post-concussion syndrome

All of these injuries can be dangerous and require immediate medical care with extended observation. Fight for the maintenance and cure or other compensation you deserve for the maritime head injury you suffered caused by your employer’s negligence or vessel unseaworthiness by contacting an experienced maritime injury lawyer at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC.


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Maritime Causes of Head Injuries

Between the volatility of the sea, the heavy equipment and machinery required both aboard ship and shoreside, and the constant hustle-bustle on both the vessels and the docks, it may be more appropriate to ask what is not a risk or cause of maritime head injury. However, there are certain accidents that pose a higher risk for head injury than others both harborside and on the vessel. The most common causes for maritime head injuries include:

  • Slip and fall / trip and fall
  • Excessive vibration
  • Improperly secured equipment
  • Equipment and ship architecture that is negligently maintained
  • Loose or improperly-stored cargo
  • Crane or other heavy machinery accidents
  • Improper safety guidelines and/or training
  • Lack of safeguards or safety equipment such as hard hats
  • Physical assault

All of these situations can certainly involve factors like human error, but they can also involve the negligence of the maritime company. It is important once you have suffered a head injury in a maritime accident to consult with a maritime accident attorney to determine if any negligence or unseaworthy conditions caused or contributed to your accident.


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Recoverable Damages from Maritime Head Injuries

Treatment for head injuries is costly, time-consuming, and varies greatly case by case. For instance, a minor head injury may just require stitches, rest, and short-term observation. However, more extensive head injuries may result in the need for emergency surgery, multiple surgeries, ongoing treatment, extensive observation, and therapy – especially if the brain is injured. When the accident occurs, it is often difficult to tell how significant the injuries are, especially internal injuries.

Regardless of the severity, you should not be financially responsible if you suffered a head injury in a maritime accident that was the fault of a negligent maritime company. An experienced attorney at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC specializing in maritime injury law may be able to get you the following damages for your maritime head injury:

  • Higher maintenance payments
  • Initial and ongoing treatment cost
  • Future treatment cost
  • Lost wages
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

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Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC | Maritime Lawyer for Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska Head Injuries

Don’t expend your own resources on the medical treatment that you need because of a head injury you suffered in an accident due to a maritime company’s negligence in Washington, Alaska, California, or Oregon or at sea in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, or Gulf of Alaska. You have the right to fair compensation under maritime law to help in your treatment and ongoing recovery. Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC will fight for you to have the fair compensation you deserve. Call 1 (800) 262-8529 today to schedule your free initial consultation concerning your maritime head injury case.


This article was last updated on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

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