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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.

What You Need to Know About Filing Cruise Ship Claims

Cruise ships are back in Mobile, enabling locals to easily access four and five day jaunts to Mexico. These regularly scheduled trips are a far cry from the disasters the city had to handle a few years ago, when disabled cruise ships required emergency assistance. While you hope your planned cruise doesn't end in calamity the way those outings did, it's always a possibility. If you or a loved one is seriously injured or becomes ill from food poisoning or another avoidable issue while on a cruise, an experienced maritime attorney can help.

Cruise Ships Return to Mobile

For the first time since 2011, cruise ships will be returning to Alabama. Cruise ships are now making Mobile a scheduled stop, a boon to the local economy and an opportunity for residents to begin cruises closer to home. Cruises promise relaxation, entertainment, plenty of food and interesting ports of call. Most of the time, that is exactly what a cruise customer receives, but cruise ship injuries are not uncommon.

Maintenance and Cure for Tenn-Tom Waterway Seamen

Numerous maritime workers perform their duties along the many navigable waters in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. One such waterway is the Tennessee-Tombigbee, frequently shortened to the Tenn-Tom. As an alternate route to the Gulf of Mexico, this waterway sees an abundance of shipping traffic. This 234-mile manmade water system generates more than 24,000 full-time jobs. While a great source of economic prosperity, the Tenn-Tom also represents regular dangers to maritime workers. This necessitates stringent safety measures, an awareness of the potential hazards that come with working in this industry, and knowledge of your rights and protections when you do suffer injury or illness.

What To Do When You've Suffered a Maritime Injury

If you work in the maritime industry on the Tennessee and Tombigbee waterways, work injuries are not a rare occurrence. Working on ships, commercial water vessels and docks presents a number of hazardous situations. Vigilance and safety procedures are key. But despite your best efforts, an injury can occur. When it does, you should know how to proceed in order to protect your rights as an injured maritime worker.

Punitive Damages and Maritime Injury Law

Maritime workers along the waterways of the Tennessee and Tombigbee Rivers deal with dangerous working situations regularly. Long hours toiling on ships, boats and other vessels, while working around heavy machinery and on wet and slippery surfaces presents many safety challenges. If you are injured while performing your work duties, you likely have the right to file a maritime injury claim. The law provides you with the opportunity to receive medical care, reimbursement for medical expenses, as well as present and future income loss replacement. These are compensatory damages. but what about punitive damages?

A Look at the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)

As a maritime oil rig worker, you are subjected to a range of hazards every day on the job. Your work on rigs, floating drydocks and other structures and facilities miles out in the Gulf of Mexico often places you in harm's way. Unfortunately, despite your awareness of these dangers and existing safety measures, accidents continue to happen. Injuries occur. For many maritime workers, their job-related injuries are covered under the Jones Act or the Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). But for several years, these laws were limited and didn't cover the type of workers that performed their job duties on structures and devices located three miles off the coast. Today, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) extends additional protections to cover these areas and protect these types of workers when injured on the job.

Overview Of The Longshore And Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

If you are a dock worker along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway or along any of Alabama's commercially navigable waterways, you have legal recourse if you are injured on the job. One law that is meant to compensate you for your injuries is the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA).

Protecting Injured Maritime Workers In Alabama and Surrounding Areas

The dangers of working aboard a ship or other commercial water vessel can make employment in the maritime industry quite hazardous. In the northern Alabama, southern Tennessee and northern Mississippi regions, maritime work is plentiful along the Tennessee and Tombigbee Rivers waterways. Our local maritime workers are well aware of the hazards of their duties and workspaces, and typically exercise extra care to ensure safety. Unfortunately, accidents still occur and serious injuries ensue.

Top Three Things Maritime Workers Should Know

The waterways of the Tennessee and Tombigbee Rivers are familiar territory to many maritime workers. As someone who works near water almost every day on-the-job, there are some risks when it comes to this line of work. However, what happens when you are involved in an accident? What if you sustain a serious injury? Do you know your rights?

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