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The offshore occupations that comprise the maritime workforce are diverse and varied. Maritime jobs range from fishermen and shrimpers to deckhands, roustabouts, oilfield workers, and more. Each occupation is crucial to the success of offshore work, and many jobs are also lucrative, but they often come with an inherent risk of accidents and injuries. While some jobs are more dangerous than others, there is always intrinsic risk in maritime work and thus a prevalent amount of maritime injury claims.
All seamen face risks associated with working near, on, and around bodies of water. Various bodily injuries continuously threaten maritime workers, and the offshore incidents that cause them can happen anytime while working aboard a vessel in navigable waters.
Although seamen can and should protect themselves by working safely, no one can protect himself or herself against the unknown. Employers must also ensure that their workers are protected from damages the employers can prevent by properly maintaining equipment and other such safety steps.
In general, laws including the Jones Act, general maritime law, and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act give maritime workers the right to recover damages to cover most or all expenses incurred as a result of a maritime injury. This can include maintenance and cure, which includes medical costs and lost wages.
The lawyers at Raizner Slania understand the dangers of the occupation and have a proven track record representing injured maritime workers. Raizner Slania has the knowledge and experience to represent you in a maritime injury lawsuit whether an injury occurred while working on an oil rig, tugboat, ship, barge, or onshore.