An offshore injury lawyer knows that working at sea can be difficult. Accidents on or near the water are subject to special laws. These maritime laws differ significantly from the personal injury and workers' compensation statutes that apply to accidents on land. If you want to secure reasonable compensation for a maritime injury, you should hire a maritime injury attorney who is well-versed in admiralty and maritime law. A maritime injury occurs when a ship's crew member is injured while the vessel is on navigable water in the United States. Maritime workers are not eligible for typical workers' compensation, but they do have legal recourse under the doctrine of maintenance and cure if they are injured on the job.
Arms, legs, hands, and fingers are essential aspects of the human experience, but they are all too frequently lost or damaged at sea. This is particularly true for those who work in a physically demanding settings like the maritime industry (including commercial fishing). You rely on these limbs every day to support yourself and your family, but you may be unaware of the financial implications of amputated fingers, hands, or legs. When a maritime worker's fingers become twisted in a moving line, crushed by cargo, or caught in a piece of machinery, the repercussions might be career-ending.
Recovery from amputated fingers is not only physically painful but also mentally challenging. As a result, treatment may encompass not only physical problems but also mental and emotional ones.
One of the greatest physical challenges with lost limbs is phantom limb sensation, which occurs when sufferers continue to feel pain as if the missing limb is still present. Phantom limb sensations are the physical sensations that a missing limb is still attached, resulting in cramping, burning, and stinging.
Some amputated fingers may require medical care for the remainder of the seaman’s life; they may develop permanent neuromas and cold sensitivity, limiting their capacity to work. They may require costly prostheses or physical treatment as well. Because of these concerns, the victim may be entitled to monetary compensation for medical expenditures, lost wages, as well as impairment of future earning ability if the victim is unable to return to their previous employment as a result of the accident.
A Jones Act lawyer at Mariner Law, PLLC can assist you in recovering damages for past, and future medical bills, lost income and wages, and pain and suffering if your limbs were harmed while aboard a ship or boat, and, as a result, there was an amputation. These and other remedies may be available under the Jones Act, LHWCA, unseaworthiness, and maintenance and cure.
Don't bear the brunt of the consequences of your maritime injuries by yourself. If your damage was caused by your maritime employer's negligence or defective equipment, they should be held liable. You may be entitled to compensation for the time it took you to recover from amputated fingers caused by a maritime incident. With extensive personal experience in the maritime transportation industry, maritime lawyer Adam Deitz at Mariner Law, PLLC is dedicated to safeguarding maritime rights from coast to coast and supporting you in maritime injury claims.
If your finger or other limb was damaged or amputated on the job, you may not know what to do next. Mariner Law, PLLC is standing by to assist. With years of experience in maritime and admiralty law, attorney Adam Deitz can help you evaluate your claim and enforce your rights. Call (253) 600-2531 now. The firm proudly serves mariner clients in Washington, Oregon, New York, Connecticut, Alaska, and nationwide.