A medic for Seadrill Americas Inc., a deepwater drilling services contractor, recently filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana accusing the company of negligence. The complaint stems from a work injury that occurred while the medic was working on the vessel Sevan Louisiana.
On October 12, the worker sustained personal injuries to his lower back as a crewmember on the vessel. He has accused the company of failure to provide a safe working environment, as well as failure to properly train and supervise employees.
Back Injuries and Maritime Laws for Work Injury
Back injuries are often avoidable. Maritime workers are in danger of back injuries due to the nature of the work. While some back injuries happen over time, others occur due to the negligence of maritime companies. Repeatedly lifting heavy objects in a way that is unsafe and unfair, for example, could be due to improper training or the demands of superiors. And there are other kinds of back injuries maritime workers can suffer as well.
Injuries from slips and falls, from crush injuries, from falling from a height or even from coworker negligence are all possibilities. Many of these moments can be avoided if maritime employers take proper responsibility for worker safety.
Maritime workers can seek compensation for injuries under the Jones Act or the Longshore Harbor and Workers’ Compensation Act. Speak to an attorney to determine whether you may be eligible for damages.