Lost Limbs / Amputated Fingers

Arms, legs, hands, and fingers are an integral part of the day-to-day human experience and are often taken for granted. This is especially true if you perform physical-oriented work for a living, as is found in the maritime industry. You use these appendages every day to provide for yourself and your family, yet may not realize what the loss of a finger, hand, or leg would mean for your livelihood – despite being at a much higher risk for involuntary amputation than someone who works at a desk job.

Losing a digit or a limb in a maritime accident is devastating. You will have weeks or months off the job, if you aren’t now ineligible to work altogether, extended medical recovery, and years of adapting to living your life without something that has been a part of you for so long. If you experienced a maritime accident involving amputation at sea in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, or elsewhere, you deserve compensation and justice for what you’ve been through and what you will endure in the future as a result of your maritime injury. An experienced Washington, Oregon, California, or Alaska maritime injury attorney will examine the details of your case to locate signs of your employer’s negligence, gear unseaworthiness, or vessel unseaworthiness, and fight for the recompense you are due.

Maritime Lost Limb Attorney for Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska

The maritime injury lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP have decades of combined experience with maritime personal injury cases like yours. If you have suffered an amputation of a finger, hand, foot, arm, or leg, you are facing a lifetime of adjustment, medical treatment, and modified living that needs financial addressing.

When your maritime employer’s negligent actions or inactions cause you to lose a limb or digit, they should compensate you fairly. The attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP will fight for you coast-to-coast to receive such fair compensation. To schedule your free consultation on what the maritime attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP can do for you, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.

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Maritime Amputation Information Center

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Causes of Maritime Amputation

The risks for maritime amputation are everywhere in the industry. Whether you are a fisherman, a longshoreman, a ship processor, a dock worker, or employed on a tug boat, you face risks of injury unique to the maritime industry in the form of chains, winches, crane hooks, netting, hatches, wires, and lines. These are all forms of maritime equipment that could cause the amputation of one or more fingers, a hand, an arm, a foot, or a leg. The loss of digit or limb in the maritime industry is usually caused by one of the following:

  • Defective equipment
  • Lack of operations and procedural training
  • Lack of safety training and equipment
  • Equipment that is improperly or poorly maintained
  • Lack of safety guards on machinery
  • Poor vessel planning
  • Improper navigation
  • Collision

Safety is a major concern in the high-risk maritime industry. Even if a large degree of human error is involved in the maritime amputation, an employer or vessel owner can still be at fault for neglecting to provide the proper safety training and equipment. An experienced maritime amputation attorney at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP will study your case closely to determine the company’s negligence and the applicable laws and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Treatment for Maritime Loss of Limb or Digit

The medical process to recover from any amputation is extensive, but if the loss of digit or limb occurred during a maritime accident you could be facing additional recovery time. First, you have to heal from the damage caused by such sudden, nonsurgical removal of a body part in addition to healing from any other injuries caused by the accident. If the amputation is only partial or there is significant damage to the surrounding bones, tendons, muscles, or joints you may have to undergo multiple surgeries.

In addition to physical healing, you may also require mental health treatment for PTSD or other traumatic issues associated with the accident. You will also have to relearn how to live your life and perform tasks like writing, standing, walking, and personal hygiene without your missing digit or limb. Finally, you may require the use of a prosthetic in order to better live your life, which requires weeks of training to use. All of these medical considerations are very costly and rightfully should be covered by your maritime employer, especially if negligence or unseaworthiness was involved in your maritime amputation.

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Maritime Amputation Recoverable Damages

The expense of a maritime amputation is very high when considering the initial medical cost alone, but when you also consider all of the other ongoing expenses involved in the involuntary loss of a limb or digit the sum only continues to rise. If you have suffered amputation on a fish processing boat or other maritime vessel due to your employer’s negligence, you are likely eligible for recovery of all or more of these expenses under the Jones Act or other maritime law. An experienced maritime injury attorney at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP will consider every detail of your case and ruthlessly pursue the maximum compensation you deserve. The damages you may be able to recover for involuntary maritime amputation include:

  • Initial medical care
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Vocational training
  • Future medical care, such as with ghost pains
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of services
  • Long-term or permanent disability
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages for gross negligence

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Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP | Maritime Lawyer for Amputation

Don’t suffer the repercussions of your maritime amputation injuries alone. If your maritime employer’s negligence or defective equipment caused your injury, then they should pay for it. You deserve compensation for your journey to healing after an amputation caused by a maritime accident. The attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP are passionate about protecting maritime rights coast-to-coast due to their own personal experiences in the maritime industry. Schedule your free consultation with the Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP with offices in Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, and San Francisco today by calling 1 (800) 262-8529.

This article was last updated on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

  • The Maritime Law Association of The United States
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