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What Injured Maritime Workers Need To Know

Working in the maritime industry along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway can be a lucrative occupation. However, this is not without limitations as accidents that result in injuries, and even death of the maritime worker, can happen. Moreover, the job involves working for long hours and is quite demanding physically - a combination of factors that can lead to gradual bodily harm like repetitive use injuries. As a maritime worker, you should know your rights and those of your dependants when you sustain injuries after being involved in an accident.

1) Common Maritime Injuries and Accidents: Many maritime injuries and accidents encountered throughout the country and along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway are preventable. But if you find yourself victim to one of the following accidents or injuries, you can rely on the law to help you obtain a compensation that your situation deserves:

  • Lack of adequate training accidents
  • Equipment accident
  • Electrical and fire accidents
  • Chemical exposure
  • Falls overboard
  • Negligence
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Lost limbs
  • Head, neck, and back injuries

2) Maritime Injury Benefits Under the Jones Act: All maritime workers along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway are subject to the Jones Act in the event of accidents or injuries. The Jones Act covers the rights of people who spend most of their time working on seagoing vessels. Under this Act, a maritime worker can sue the employer following an accident or incidents amounting to that employer's negligence. Injuries under the Jones Act require less burden of proof to prove a case against the employer. A successful case compels the employer to compensate for pain and suffering, medical bills, maintenance, fringe benefits, and breach of the seaworthiness warranty breach.

3) Maritime Injury Benefits to the Family: As the child or the spouse of a deceased maritime worker, you're also entitled to maritime injury benefits under the Jones Act. If you can prove even a little bit of employer negligence leading to the death of your loved seaman, you should be compensated for the damages. Most maritime laws have a time limit for which a death benefits claim can be filed. Therefore, filing a claim too late may lead to a lost chance to get what you legally deserve to move on with life.

An experienced and qualified maritime lawyer is the professional you need to handle your maritime injury claims. A skilled maritime lawyer will guide you, advocate on your behalf, and advise you on what you can recover after a maritime injury or death occurs.

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