Many different types of maritime accidents can occur due to the complicated and dangerous nature of maritime work. Accidents can occur just a few feet from shore or miles offshore in deeper ocean waters.
Getting hurt on the job can happen to anyone, but offshore workers perform a physically demanding job that can be very dangerous. Many things can go wrong on a vessel, especially if your employer is negligent in maintaining a safe working environment. Unfortunately, maritime accidents are an all-too-common reality in this industry. Call Cueria Law Firm and get a Maritime Workers Compensation Attorney on your side.
You only pay if we win. If we don’t get you a financial recovery, then we don’t get paid.
Yes. Maritime injury cases have various deadlines called the Statute of Limitations (SOL).
In many cases, the answer is no. Our law firm gathers the facts and builds the evidence for your injury case.
Whether on an offshore oil rig or a spud barge on a waterway, if you are involved in a maritime workers compensation accident, where your injury occurred may impact the kind of claim you can bring and the type of recovery you are entitled to.
Different types of workers who may have maritime workers compensation claims include harbor workers and longshoremen. These workers often work on wharves, dry docks, terminals, piers, or other near-shore areas. The types of work done in these areas include loading and unloading, vessel repair, building a vessel, other maintenance, and care of vessels, along with near-shore drilling. Near-shore drilling can take place three to ten miles from the shore often on drilling platforms. The risk to workers participating in these activities is often considered not as great as on offshore rigs.
Offshore workers may have many different work duties including maintenance and repair, building pipelines, and offshore drilling. This work often takes place on barges, drilling rigs, and floating platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Because of the long-distance from shore, fire, on these platforms and rigs, is a serious danger.
Offshore workers who are injured on the job are entitled to maritime workers compensation under the Jones Act as well as the Outer Continental Shelf Act. The Jones Act applies to injured seamen and the Outer Continental Shelf Act covers longshoremen, oil-rig workers, harbor workers, and shipbuilders.
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