When thinking of the high seas in olden times, pirates often come to mind. While many think that piracy is something of a legend, it is still a problem today. Modern day piracy attacks are a common occurrence, involving robbery and sometimes violence. Seamen can easily become injured when a piracy attack occurs, even being taken hostage. Maritime piracy is a real threat and because of the attacks taking place offshore, companies that operate in the maritime industry create plans to counter an attack. Plans can include security onboard a vessel, test exercises to check reaction times during an attack or other measures of prevention. If you are an employee of a vessel that travels within foreign waters, it is important to know your rights, especially if you are involved in an attack and injured. At Cueria Law firm, we are familiar with maritime law and can help you file a claim for compensation if you are involved in an attack by pirates.
As with any employment, some areas that you travel to will be more dangerous than others. When you are employed in the maritime industry, it is important to be aware of the more dangerous areas. Sea captains and ship owners have to know where offshore workers could be subject to a piracy attack and take appropriate measures. Take Somalia for instance. This is a dangerous area for offshore workers to be employed. Many violent attacks take place in this area.
Because of the danger, ship owners are to take care in providing safeguards for such attacks. The employer must warn you of the danger that you may face when traveling on foreign waters. If your employer does not provide you with the information and you are injured due to an attack, you may have a claim for compensation.
Maritime piracy attack threats
Because of maritime piracy attack threats, many employers are taking action and providing special training for employees in case an attack was to occur. Vessel workers are taught what to do in case of an attack and complete drills so that quick action is taken. You should be aware of defense training if you are working in dangerous areas. If you are not aware, speak with your employer. They are responsible for your safety while out on the open seas and must provide proper training and information on the possibility of such attacks.
Let our Louisiana personal injury attorneys work for you if you have been involved in a dangerous piracy attack and injured in the process. We can review your case and help you file for compensation based on the appropriate maritime laws.