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The very nature of a vessel at sea, with slick surfaces and constant motion on the waves, makes for a high risk of slip and fall in a maritime environment all on its own. Add in the stairs, heavy machinery, cargo, equipment, and other factors both aboard ship and shore side and the risk for trip and fall only gets more serious.
It may sound like a minor thing, but a slip or trip and fall in a maritime environment can cause serious injuries – and most of the time, such an accident is avoidable with proper safety measures. If these measures are not in place, your fall could be the fault of your maritime employer's negligence or vessel unseaworthiness. An experienced Washington maritime accident attorney can help you recover the damages you deserve from your slip and fall accident in a maritime environment - whether at sea in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, or Gulf of Alaska or in port.
The experienced Washington maritime attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski based in Seattle, Portland, and Bellingham have pursued favorable damages coast-to-coast in maritime injury cases like yours for decades. If you have suffered a slip and fall or trip and fall accident resulting in injury due to your maritime employer's negligence, Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski will fight for what's best for you, whether that be through settlement or trial.
Our attorneys will apply their own passion for maritime pursuits, such as operating a tug company, to your Washington or Oregon maritime injury case. For your free consultation on what maritime injury compensation you may qualify for in your slip and fall case, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.
Maritime Slip and Fall / Trip and Fall Accident Information Center
Vessels, shipyards, and cargo terminals full of hazards that can easily cause a slip and fall or a trip and fall. Add in the negligence and disregard for safety involved in poorly-maintained vessels and docks and it's no surprise that 43% of maritime injuries reported are from slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. Some of the most common risks associated with a slip and fall accident include:
Many of these causes are preventable through simple safety measures or better maintenance / replacement of equipment. However, a maritime company less concerned about its people and more concerned about its finances may fail to implement these easy fixes. If your maritime employer is one of these and you have suffered injury due to a maritime trip and fall accident, an experienced Portland maritime injury attorney can help look out for your best interests by pursuing fair compensation.
Though traditionally a trip and fall or slip and fall may be a minor accident someone can get up from and laugh about, in a maritime environment it is a much more serious affair. This is because, in addition to the hazard that caused your accident, you are surrounded with even more hazards – most of which are made from solid materials like steel – turning what would have been a minor contusion into something like a broken arm or fractured tailbone. Most Portland or Seattle trip and fall or slip and fall maritime injuries occur on decks, gangways, and stairs, and include:
Every maritime company has a duty of care to provide a safe environment to the people aboard its vessels and on its docks. Failing to do so through lack of proper signage, procedures, training, or equipment is considered negligence under the law. Hiring a crewmember who the company should know will not be able to perform his or her task safely is another form of negligence. If you have suffered injury due to your maritime employer's negligence in implementing measures to prevent maritime accidents like slip and falls or trip and falls, you may be entitled to the following damages under the Jones Act or other maritime law:
You don't have to accept the maintenance and cure or other damages your maritime employer offers to cover your injury. An experienced Seattle maritime injury attorney will be able to sort through the details of your maritime injury case concerning a slip and fall to determine if you qualify for more favorable compensation.
Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski | Maritime Lawyer for Slip and Fall Accidents
Suffering a serious injury from a maritime slip and fall accident that could have been prevented by your maritime employer is enough for you to worry about. To explore all your options and pursue the compensation and justice you deserve, contact the experienced Seattle maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski. Your first consultation is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.
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