Maritime injuries sustained while offshore may be very serious or life threatening. Adding to the initial injury is the fact that the injured seaman may be days away from a hospital for treatment. The seriousness of a seaman’s injuries may preclude them from returning to work offshore for a long time if ever resulting in severe economic loss for themselves and their family.
Types of maritime injury claims are varied, but may include: amputation, toxic fumes, burns, spinal injuries, slip and fall, paralysis, head trauma, crushing injuries and injuries leading to fatality.
Any seaman who has suffered an injury at sea urgently needs to consult a qualified Jones Act maritime lawyer. Because the Jones Act covers the specifics of workers who work at sea, there are different rules and regulations that govern these claims as opposed to the laws that govern regular workers compensation. A specialized maritime attorney possesses the knowledge and skills set necessary to aggressively and successfully represent injured seaman to recover full compensation for damages as a result of their injury at sea.