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The use of cranes is a dangerous but necessary day-to-day activity in the maritime industry. OSHA estimates that the risk of death among crane operators is approximately one in 1,000 over a working lifetime of 45 years. The risk for injury on maritime cranes such as boat cranes, deck cranes, transfer cranes, offshore cranes, and cargo cranes is even higher.
With the proper safety procedures and equipment maintenance, these risks for maritime crane accidents can be greatly reduced. However, many companies fail to properly mitigate this risk and thus are liable for any injury or death caused. An experienced Seattle maritime injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you need for your crane accident injury from the liable party.
The many involved parties can make determining liability for a crane accident difficult. If you have been injured in a maritime crane accident anywhere in the Pacific Northwest or in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, or Hawaii, the experienced maritime injury lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Bellingham, Portland, and Seattle can fight for maximum compensation in your case.
Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski will determine the source of the negligence, whether it was due to a manufacturing default by a third party, or unseaworthiness by the vessel owner, and pursue the compensation you need through the proper legal avenue. To find out what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can do for your crane accident injury case, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.
Types of Crane Accidents and Causes
The very nature of what a crane is designed to do – that is, the lifting, carrying, and transferring of heavy objects – make operating or being around the crane a high-risk job, and frequency of use only increases this risk. There are many different types of crane accidents, including dropped loads, stress failure, equipment failure, broken lines, slip and falls, injury to a crewmember by a swinging load, or even crane collapse.
All of these accidents can cause serious injury, and most can be prevented. It may be an indication of negligence on the part of a manufacturer, your maritime employer, the vessel owner, or another party if any of the followings caused the maritime crane accident that resulted in your injury:
Negligent crane maintenance and operation are two of the most common, and most dangerous, contributors to crane accidents. An experienced maritime injury attorney in Portland can help you fight to hold liable the negligent party responsible for the crane accident so that you may recover the compensation you need.
Recoverable Damages for Maritime Crane Accidents
What damages you may recover for your injuries due to a crane accident will depend largely on what job you were performing at the time of the accident, who your employer is, the cause of the accident, and the extent of your injuries. For instance, a seaman can pursue damages from his or her employer under the Jones Act and the vessel owner under the warranty of unseaworthiness, depending on the level of negligence each party contributes.
To be considered a seaman, you must have significantly contributed to the mission, operation, or maintenance of the vessel at anchor or under way. This designation may make you eligible for the following damages under the warranty of unseaworthiness and the Jones Act if negligence by your employer and the vessel owner can be proven:
Determining damages for those most at risk for injuries – the riggers – may be more complicated. Generally, deckhands from the vessel acting as a rigger are covered by the Jones Act and unseaworthiness. However, if a harbor worker, longshoreman, or other shoreside worker is operating as a rigger or in another crane-related job capacity outside of the protection a seaman designation provides, their injury is generally only covered by the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA).
Exceptions to this rule include if the harbor worker was owed a duty of care by the vessel owner, or if a third party can be held liable, such as the manufacturer of the faulty equipment. Determining negligence and its related path to compensation in maritime crane accident cases can be complicated. A skilled and experienced maritime injury attorney in Seattle can examine your case, determine any liable parties, and fight for the compensation you deserve through the appropriate legal venue.
Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski | Portland Maritime Crane Accident Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in a maritime crane accident in the Pacific Northwest, including the waters of the Pacific, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Puget Sound, the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, or anywhere in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, or Washington, the experienced and passionate maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can fight for you. With offices in Bellingham, Seattle, and Portland, Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski knows what it takes to achieve a successful maritime injury outcome, and serves cases coast-to-coast. Your first consultation with Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule yours.
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