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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, three and a half maritime cargo handlers are absent for every 100 workers due to workplace illness or injury. This is almost four times the average of all other industries. Many of these accidents are caused by vessel negligence in not providing adequate equipment, training, or procedures for their crewmembers. Cargo handlers can sue negligent vessel owners under the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act.
Safety measures are important in the dangerous environments of cargo operations onboard a ship and on the dock to prevent cargo operation injuries. If you have suffered an injury working on a cargo operation while serving as a crewmember and believe it is your employer's fault and/or the fault of an involved third party, an experienced maritime accident attorney will be able to help you pursue compensation. Vessel crew members have a cause of action for injuries caused by negligence during cargo operation under the Jones Act.
With decades of combined experience handling maritime cases like yours, the maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, and San Francisco will fight to get you the compensation you deserve as a result of the injury you sustained during cargo operations. Since cargo workers perform duties both on the water and on the docks, it can be tricky figuring out which maritime law or laws govern your claim, whether it be the Jones Act, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), or another maritime law.
Our dedicated team of maritime injury attorneys will sort through the details and work with you to determine an optimal avenue to recover maximum compensation. For your free consultation on what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can do for your cargo operations injury case, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.
Maritime cargo operation workers face many hazardous conditions and occupational risks every day, if not every hour, they are on the job. Whether you are handling toxic cargo, unloading cargo onto a dock, loading cargo onto a ship, or work in container terminal operations, roll-on terminal operations, roll-off terminal operations, or Ro-Ro terminal operations – your job puts you in danger of injury.
Risks of injury can usually be controlled by proper safety measures and procedures. However, too often maritime companies are more concerned about their bottom line than the well-being of their crew. Negligence regarding safety measures and procedures can result in the following accident-causing situations:
Any time an accident occurs due to circumstances such as an untrained crewmember doing the work, faulty equipment long in need of repair, or a lack of safety equipment availability, it may be considered negligence on the part of the maritime employer or vessel owner. When an injury occurs, the injured cargo operations worker or vessel crewmember should contact an experienced maritime injury attorney to determine a course of action to pursue compensation.
Working in cargo operations frequently involves risky heavy lifting as well as the operation of dangerous heavy machinery. In the busy maritime environments of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California, negligence, such as a lack of safety measures, can be a formula for injury and disaster. Some of the injuries common to maritime cargo handlers include:
Because cargo operations occur both at sea and on land, there are two acts under which your claim may qualify for compensation. The Jones Act provides for damages to seamen engaged in cargo operations, while the LHWCA is essentially a worker's compensation law for shipyard and dock workers. The LHWCA also provides a negligence action for longshoremen, shipyard, and dock workers injured as a result of vessel negligence. The application of these and other maritime laws to your case can get complicated, so it is recommended you hire an experienced maritime injury attorney to guide you through the process of seeking any of the following damages:
If you are one of the many maritime cargo workers that were injured this year, you shouldn't suffer in silence or just accept whatever payment is offered from a vessel owner or other maritime company more worried about their bottom line than you. Call the experienced and compassionate maritime injury attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski today. Your first consultation is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 now and begin the process to achieve maximum compensation in your Oregon, Washington, California, or Alaska cargo operations injury case.
This article was last updated on Monday, July 30, 2018.