Many Houston residents choose a maritime career because they love being out in the Gulf and can earn quite a lucrative income.
Unfortunately, maritime jobs are also some of the most dangerous occupations in the nation and can lead to severe injuries or even death.
3 potentially devastating injuries that can happen at sea
Under maritime law, injured seamen do not qualify for traditional workers’ compensation benefits. Instead, the Jones Act, aka the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, provides injured maritime workers with benefits. Before you relax about your ability to acquire compensation after an accident, you should learn just what injuries can threaten maritime workers.
- Falling overboard. It might not sound dangerous, but seamen can drown or suffer significant physical damage from such a fall. For example, if you fall from a vessel and get caught between it and another ship, you may suffer severe internal and external injuries.
- Dangerous burns. For example, the engine room contains heated machinery, volatile substances and high-voltage electrical equipment, all of which can pose burn risks. Burns also often occur in the galley and other areas of the vessel.
- Slip-and-fall accidents. These are also common when working at sea. Decks are slippery, and if the vessel encounters a storm, it is likely to sway and rock, putting workers at risk of falling. Slipping and falling can result in broken bones and, in some cases, traumatic brain injuries.
When you need to file a claim under the Jones Act, it is wise to acquire legal guidance. Law firms with experience handling claims under the Act can ensure that injured seamen receive all the benefits they deserve in the wake of a maritime injury.