Is an Unsafe Vessel to Blame for this Workplace Injury?

Can we prevent another Deepwater Horizon?A Louisiana worker is saying that unsafe conditions are to blame for his workplace injury. The man was working on a boat in Eastern Louisiana when a sudden movement in the vessel caused him to fall. He was severely injured. His knee is damaged, and he has struggled to return to work due to his injuries. His case is saying that the ship was unseaworthy due to a lack of proper maintenance from its owner.

He is reportedly seeking damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and disfigurement. According to the case, the boat owners allowed the non-skid coating on the boat to wear off, then did not provide workers with any kind of notice of the dangerous conditions this might cause.

The case will be heard in the U.S District Court.

The Law Can Protect Against Workplace Injury

There are protections in place for workers injured at sea. A case like this could take a few different directions. Normally, a workplace injury would be a question of worker’s compensation with the worker’s employer. The worker would receive payments through that program. In cases like this one, where the accident happened at sea, it might fall under maritime law, which would include some of their own rules and protections.

In the case of this particular man, he is blaming the boat’s owner. This means that rather than seeking worker’s compensation he is filing a third party claim. In some cases, an injury will even involve both workers’ compensation and a personal injury claim against a third party.

Our firm has the unique experience of having expertise in maritime laws, workers’ compensation and personal injury. If you are hurt on the job, we can work with you to help you understand what kind of case you will be dealing with, then help you take all the proper steps you to get what you deserve.

Galloway Jefcoat is a firm of Louisiana workers’ compensations lawyers with expertise in maritime law, third party claims and oil field accidents.

 



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