Finding work in a harbor or on a loading dock can be quite lucrative. Most of the time, those who settle into these jobs earn enough to support their families very well. As is the case with many lucrative labor positions, longshoremen and harbor workers are prone to serious work accidents.
Common accidents that result in injuries or death
- Slipping into the water
- Falling objects
- Incidents involving heavy equipment
- Falling from high elevations
- Struck by heavy machinery
- Getting crushed or caught between objects
- Slips and falls
Sometimes, the accidents above result in only minor injuries. However, there are times when these incidents leave workers with serious injuries. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to predict how a harbor or offshore accident will affect workers.
Common injuries that plague maritime workers
- High force injuries from falls or from getting hit by objects
- Repetitive motion injuries accumulating over time
- Traumatic brain injuries from falling or suffering a blow to the head
- Back injuries caused by lifting heavy items
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) ensures that eligible workers receive medical and financial benefits after suffering an injury. However, these benefits might not be enough in cases of catastrophic injury.
It is wise to seek legal counsel from a firm familiar with maritime law after suffering injuries. Cultivating a partnership with an attorney ensures that your valid claim meets no resistance. Legal guidance can also open the door to other forms of compensation. For example, if a third party contributed to your injury, you may qualify for a lawsuit.
Take care when working under dangerous conditions, and if you need more information about your legal options, please continue reviewing our maritime law web pages.