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Cargo Operations

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, maritime cargo handlers have one of the highest rates of work absences for serious workplace illnesses and injuries at four cases for every 100 workers. 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, and procedures for their crewmembers. Cargo handlers can sue negligent vessel owners under the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act.

These measures are important in the dangerous environments onboard a ship and on the dock involved in cargo work to prevent cargo operation injuries in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California. 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 Washington maritime accident attorney will be able to help you pursue compensation. Vessel crew members have a cause of action for negligence causing injuries during cargo operation under the Jones Act.

Cargo Operations Accident Attorney Serving Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska

With decades of combined experience handling maritime cases like yours, the maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Portland, Seattle, and Bellingham will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve as a result of your injury sustained during cargo operation. Since cargo workers perform duties both on the water and on the docks, it can be tricky figuring out what aspects of your case are applicable for compensation under what maritime law, whether that be the Jones Act or the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA).

Our dedicated team of Portland maritime injury attorneys will sort through the details and work with you to determine an optimal avenue for 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.

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 Causes of Cargo Operations Accidents

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 – you are putting yourself in serious danger of injury.

This risk can usually be controlled by the proper safety measures and procedures. However, too often maritime companies are more concerned with their bottom line that with the well-being of their crew. This kind of negligence can result in the following accident-causing situations:

Any time an accident occurs due to circumstances like an untrained crewmember doing the work, faulty equipment long in need of repair, or the lack of safety equipment availability, it can be considered negligence on the part of the maritime company. When an injury occurs, the injured cargo operations worker or vessel crewmember should contact an experienced Portland maritime injury attorney to determine what civil routes are available in maritime law to pursue compensation.

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Common Cargo Operation Accident Injuries in Washington

Working in cargo operations frequently involves risky heavy lifting as well as operations of dangerous heavy machinery. In the busy maritime environments of Alaska, California, Florida, Oregon, and Washington, this can be a formula for injury and disaster if negligence and lack of safety measures are involved. Some of the injuries common to maritime cargo handlers include:

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Recoverable Damages in Cargo Operations Accidents

Because cargo operations occur both at sea and on land, there are two acts that your claim may qualify for compensation under. 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 contingencies on your case under both these two acts and general maritime law can get complicated, so it is recommended you hire an experienced Portland maritime injury attorney to guide your case through the process of seeking any of the following damages:

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Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski | Maritime Injury Lawyer for Cargo Operations Accidents

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 of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski today. Your first consultation is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 now and begin your fight for maximum compensation in your Oregon cargo operations injury case.

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