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A common misunderstanding of shoreside maritime workers such as longshoremen and seamen such as merchant mariners is that the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) only applies to accidents and injuries arising from a specific and singular incident. However, the maritime environment also poses a risk for another type of injury that develops over time, known as a repetitive use injury.
These maritime repetitive use injuries are often debilitating and can be caused by a negligent condition, such as a form of unseaworthiness, that is present for an extended period of time. If you or a loved one is suffering from a repetitive use injury due to the negligence of a vessel owner or other maritime company in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, or throughout the Pacific Northwest, an experienced Seattle maritime injury attorney can help you build a case to recover the compensation you need to cover your damages.
Whether you work shoreside or at sea, you have a right to fair compensation for your maritime repetitive use injury. With decades of experience handling maritime injury cases like yours coast-to-coast, the maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski will fight any maritime company or insurance company in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, or Hawaii that is more concerned with their bottom line than giving you fair compensation for your injury. To schedule your free initial case consultation concerning what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can do for your maritime repetitive use injury case, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.
Definition of Repetitive Use Injury and Maritime Causes
A repetitive use injury is any injury caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, loud noises, mechanical compression, sustained positions, or awkward positions. Also known as cumulative trauma disorders, repetitive movement injuries, repetitive stress injuries, continuous trauma injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, and occupational overuse syndromes, repetitive use injuries are painful conditions affecting muscles, nerves, tendons, and other soft tissues. In the maritime environment, a repetitive use injury most commonly affects the fingers, hands, arms, shoulders, knees, neck, back, and legs.
Whether you are a fish processor or an able-bodied seaman on a merchant marine, the conditions that surround working for a vessel or at sea make repetitive-use injuries common to maritime employees. The vibration of the engine and equipment, the unsteadiness of the decks, the heaviness of the cargo, and the awkward movements in cramped spaces are all examples of environmental contributions to repetitive use injuries in the maritime sphere. Negligence in repetitive use injury cases can be found in things like failure to teach proper ship-board lifting techniques, failure to implement sound reduction or provide ear safety equipment, and failure to properly maintain equipment for reasonable ease of use.
Repetitive use injuries can be difficult to manage, expensive to diagnose, and may permanently alter your ability to work as a fisherman, ferry worker, tugboater, engineer, or other seaman or dock worker. An experienced maritime injury attorney serving the Pacific Northwest and other maritime injury claims throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, and Hawaii can help you build a case for compensation under the Jones Act or related maritime law for your maritime repetitive use injury.
Types of Maritime Repetitive Use Injuries
A maritime repetitive use injury can occur as a unique injury through the overuse of a specific set of muscles and joints in a repetitive motion over an extended period, or it can be an aggravation of a preexisting injury through continuous use of the injured tissue. The type and name of the maritime repetitive use injury depends largely on the location of the injury and the involved tissues. Some examples of syndromes or conditions that represent repetitive use injuries include:
When fully manifested, these injuries come with noticeable pain, inflammation, heat, swelling, and potentially decreased mobility. Without these full-fledged symptoms of a repetitive use injury, the diagnosis can be more difficult to solidify. It is best when facing an injury of this type to seek immediate and thorough medical attention. Then, you can work with an experienced Washington maritime injury lawyer to recover the compensation you need, such as increased maintenance and cure payments.
Recoverable Damages for Maritime Repetitive Use Injuries
Since symptoms of a repetitive use injury are difficult to pinpoint before the full effects of the damage are felt through pain and inflammation, these injuries are rarely treated with things like preventative therapy modalities. Often, the full damage has already occurred and the seaman or harbor worker with the maritime repetitive use injury must endure months of recovery.
Treatment for these injuries can be expensive, as it usually involves extensive physical and occupational therapy, rest, and even measures like massage, acupuncture, or surgery. It is important to contact an experienced Portland maritime injury lawyer if you believe you have suffered a repetitive use injury due to negligence and need compensation such as the following:
Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski | Maritime Repetitive Use Injury Attorney in Portland and Seattle
If you have suffered a repetitive use injury due to the negligence of a maritime company or the unseaworthiness of a vessel in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, and Hawaii, or at sea in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, or North Pacific, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Portland, Seattle, and Bellingham. They will fight for fair compensation through a maritime repetitive use injury settlement or lawsuit, always keeping your best interests at heart. Your first consultation with Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule yours.
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