According to OSHA, the nature of shipyard and dock work leads to an injury rate that is twice the injury rate of the general construction industry. Because of the ship building, cleaning, repairs, and breaking that occur, workers are constantly exposed to such risks as high temperatures, small spaces, lofty workspaces, dangerous tools, toxic chemicals, and the associated risk with performing these tasks around water.
Due to the high risk of injury, maritime employers of dockworkers, stevedores, shipyard workers, longshoremen, and other shoreside employees have a duty of care to provide safe working conditions, safety equipment, and safety training. The lack of these safety measures is considered negligence by law. Vessels and third parties can also be negligent and cause injury to these maritime employees. An experienced Washington maritime injury attorney will be able to sort through your case and determine where the fault lies as well as the most suitable civil course of action for your maritime injury.
With decades of combined maritime and personal injury experience coast-to-coast, the dedicated maritime injury lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski based in Bellingham, Portland, and Seattle have handled hundreds of cases like yours. If you have been injured on a dock or in a shipyard while constructing a barge, repairing a ship, or shipbreaking a processing vessel, you may have a right to pursue compensation from a negligent vessel owner and/or a third party.
The maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski will fight for you to receive the most favorable return in your case. To schedule your free consultation with Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.
Dock and Shipyard Worker Injury Information Center
Harbor workers, crane operators, longshoremen, dockworkers, stevedores, shipbuilders, and shipbreakers all work in shipyards and docks and all face a very high risk of injury every day. This is due to the constant loading and unloading of heavy equipment and cargo, the handling of hazardous materials, being in tight spaces, and oftentimes dangling over water. There are many opportunities for a shipyard worker to sustain an injury, though oftentimes standard safety procedures will prevent such an accident from occurring. The following accidents are the usual suspects when it comes to the most serious Washington and Oregon shoreside injuries:
With injuries in the shipbuilding, repair, maintenance, and breaking industry being twice as high as that of general construction, the kinds of specific possible injuries are countless. However, there are some maritime injuries in the shipyard that may be more common as well as more easily traceable to negligence. These injuries include:
Most, if not all of these injuries can be prevented by the implementation of proper safety procedures both by the maritime company and by any third parties involved. The lack of maritime safety procedures constitutes negligence and enables you to seek compensation for your maritime injury. An experienced Seattle shipyard injury attorney will be able to guide your case down the civil paths that may allow for maximum compensation.
Maritime law is complicated for longshoremen, harbor workers, and dockworkers in that what damages you qualify for largely depends on what law your maritime injury case falls under. Many onshore maritime employees qualify for the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (LHWCA), which is essentially federal worker’s compensation law specifically for onshore maritime accidents. However, some maritime workers that view themselves as harbor workers, such as those on tugs, barges, dive boats, and floating cranes, may qualify as seamen under the Jones Act.
Additionally, other maritime common law may apply to your case. If your case qualifies for LHWCA you can’t sue your maritime employer, but you can bring a civil suit against any involved negligent vessels and maritime third-parties. Consult with an experienced Portland maritime injury attorney to better determine where your case fits legislatively and what compensation you are eligible to fight for. Some of the compensation your dock injury case may qualify for includes:
Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski | Maritime Injury Lawyer for Dock Workers
If you work in a shipyard or dock and were injured during your normal duties of the construction, restoration, repair, maintenance, dry docking, or inspection of a military vessel, yacht, cruiseliner, cargo ship, or other maritime vessel – you have a right to compensation for your injuries. Maritime law can be complicated, especially when it comes to onshore workers, so it is important to hire a Washington or Oregon maritime injury attorney experienced in the matter. Let the decades of maritime injury experience at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski work for your case. Call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.
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