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Slip and Fall / Trip and Fall

The very nature of a vessel at sea, from the slick surfaces to the constant motion on the waves and everything in between, makes for a high risk of slip and fall. Add in the stairs, heavy machinery, cargo, equipment, and other factors both aboard ship and shoreside in a maritime environment and the risk for trip and fall or slip 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 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.

Attorneys for Maritime Trip and Fall Accidents in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California

The experienced maritime attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC based in Seattle, Bellingham, Portland, and San Francisco 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, PLLC will fight for the compensation you deserve, whether that be through settlement or trial.

Our attorneys’ passion for maritime pursuits supplements the expertise they will apply to your Washington, California, Alaska, 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


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Causes of Maritime Slip and Fall Accidents

Vessels, shipyards, and cargo terminals are 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 a large number of maritime injuries reported are from slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. In 2005 alone, slip or trip and falls attributed to 43% of injuries on merchant ships. Some of the most common causes of a slip and fall accident include:

  • Wet or otherwise slick surfaces
  • Unsteady surfaces
  • Lack of nonskid surfaces
  • Loose lines
  • Loose cargo
  • Improperly secured equipment
  • Unmarked or poorly marked hazards
  • Improperly stored equipment – such as fishing nets
  • Poor vessel planning:
    • High points without safety guards
    • Unsecured ladders
    • Lack of nonskid grating
    • Improper angle of inclination for stairways, ladders, and stairways
  • Insufficient or nonexistent traffic control
  • Open holds on deck
  • Lack of safety procedures and training

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 / slip and fall accident, an experienced maritime injury attorney can help look out for your best interests by pursuing fair compensation. Contact Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC today for a free no obligations consultation at 1 (800) 262-8529. Our attorneys serve injured maritime employees working up and down the West Coast, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California.


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Maritime Injuries Sustained from Trip and Fall

Though traditionally a trip and fall or slip and fall is a minor accident someone can get up from and laugh about, in a maritime environment it can be a much more serious affair. In addition to the hazard that caused your accident, you, as a maritime employee, are surrounded by 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 trip and fall or slip and fall maritime injuries occur on decks, gangways, and stairs, and include:

  • Sprains or strains of the ankles
  • Sprains or strains of the wrists
  • Knee injuries, including sprained and torn ligaments
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Brain Injuries – such as TBI
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Concussions and post-concussion syndrome

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Recoverable Damages from Maritime Slip and Fall Accidents

Every maritime company and vessel owner has a duty of care to provide a safe environment to the people working for it both 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 failing to implement 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:

  • Immediate medical care
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Increased maintenance and cure
  • Lost wages, past and future
  • Long-term or permanent disability
  • Reduced capacity to work in trade
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages for gross negligence

You don’t have to settle for the trivial amount of maintenance and cure or other damages your maritime employer may offer to cover your injury. An experienced 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.


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Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC | Maritime Lawyers for Slip and Fall Accidents

If you suffered a serious injury from a maritime slip and fall accident that could have been prevented by your maritime employer you deserve compensation. To explore all your options and pursue the compensation and justice you deserve, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC. We take cases from all over the Pacific Northwest, including the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska. Your first consultation is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.


This article was last updated on Friday, September 14, 2018.

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