The spine is what connects the entire body together. Down the spinal cord, the brain sends messages telling the body what to do, from conscious actions like telling the legs to walk or the arms to left an object to vital functions like telling the lungs to breathe or the heart to beat. When the spinal cord is injured, the results can paralysis or other devastating injuries. Unfortunately, there are many situations, as a crew member of a ship or as a harbor worker for the spine to be injured.
If you are a seaman or a worker at a harbor or dock who has suffered an injury to your spinal cord in the course of your duties, you have a right to compensation for the damages you've suffered. A dedicated Washington maritime spinal cord injury lawyer at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can assist you if you have suffered a serious injury at sea, such as an injury to the spine. Call today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule a free consultation.
We represent injured maritime workers throughout the Pacific Northwest in federal courts, including in Washington, Alaska, Oregon and California.
Working on a ship, in a shipyard or on a dock is often a strenuous job that requires significant physical activity. Working as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, longshoreman or other maritime employee requires heavy lifting bending and other actions that require strain on the back.
Incorrect lifting procedures are a significant cause of spinal cord injury. That is why vessel operators are required to train workers on lifting objects.
The spine can also become badly injured in a fall, such as off a causeway or deck. Falling objects or cargo improperly slung can also lead to a significant spinal injury.
All the body's limbs are ultimately connected through the spine. There is a reason people refer to the core matter of an organization or idea as its "backbone": Because, on the body, it is the object that holds everything together.
More than that, the spine serves as a conduit for the central nervous system. It is where all messages are carried to and from the brain. It tells body parts when to move and function, and it carries message of sensation back to the brain.
Therefore, a spinal cord injury can have profound effects on a maritime worker's mobility. Damage to the spine can lead to paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia. It can result in severe pain whenever a person seeks to move.
This can leave a person disabled and unable to work in their same job. It can lead to extensive hospital bills and physical therapy.
A maritime employer may be liable if the accident causing the spinal cord injury was caused by a failure to show reasonable care. This can include actions by the crew that constitutes negligence and the failure to implement procedures.
The vessel owner is also liable for a spinal cord injury caused by the unseaworthiness of a vessel. A vessel is unseaworthy if it is unfit for its purpose. This may due to a physical defect, lack of maintenance, inadequate staff or inadequately trained traffic.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury while on the job at sea or in a maritime job, contact a skilled lawyer at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski. We represent seamen who have suffered serious injuries, including to the spine. Call us today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to set up a free consultation.
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