Mariner Law, PLLC, is a seasoned maritime injury law firm with a national presence. Admiralty Attorney Adam Deitz represents those who have suffered from a maritime personal injury while working aboard fishing vessels, fish processors, ships, tugs, barges, dredges, ferries, and rigs. Crush injuries, amputations, and partial amputations have resulted in million-dollar judgments for crewmen who suffered life-altering hand and arm injuries.
A crew member must be adequately trained and provided with appropriate and safe equipment to do a job. A fellow crewman's carelessness on board a ship might swiftly result in crippling and irreversible hand or arm injuries. If you suffered an arm injury aboard a vessel due to carelessness or unseaworthiness, you may be entitled to claim for lost wages, lost earning potential, disability, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.
Maritime arm injuries often include:
Tendinitis — a condition in which the tendons in the shoulder become inflamed. It usually happens as a result of the tendon being worn down over time. If a mariner is required to work too long under too stressful conditions, it is possible to develop tendonitis.
Dislocation — when a bone comes out of the joint, it is called a dislocation. This might be a complete or partial dislocation, and it hurts a lot either way. Dislocations can be caused by overuse on the job. However, dislocations can also arise unexpectedly in a shipboard accident.
Fractures — the arm bones and wrist bones are the most common broken bones in the arm area. If a mariner falls, is unexpectedly struck by an object, or is assaulted aboard a ship, an arm injury may result.
Amputations — living and working on the water is sometimes more dangerous than it should be. Amputations all too often result in the total loss of a finger, hand, or even an entire arm. Amputations can result from falling objects, malfunctioning equipment, crewmember negligence, and more.
Accidents and maritime injuries can arise for a variety of reasons, including the inability to foresee the weather. Despite this, research indicates that the vast majority of maritime injuries and accidents may be avoided. Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for maritime personnel, however many of these occurrences are caused by a lack of safety.
If your arm has been damaged on the job, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible and obtain evidence. Make sure your medical treatment is documented and that you save copies of your records. Then contact an offshore injury lawyer.
The severity of an arm injuries may take time to diagnose. Some arm injuries are severe and may never regain full joint articulation. If you suffer an arm injury in service of a vessel, you may be entitled to reimbursement for medical care for your on-the-job arm injury under maritime law, and you may be able to obtain damages for pain and suffering as well as lost income. These and other remedies may be available under the Jones Act, LHWCA, unseaworthiness, and maintenance and cure.
If you believe you should be compensated for your maritime injury but aren't sure where to start, Mariner Law, PLLC is here to help. Choose an attorney who specializes in maritime law. Maritime attorney Adam Deitz can assist you in filing a claim and seek maximum compensation. Call (253) 600-2531 now to speak with a Jones Act lawyer. The firm proudly serves mariner clients in Washington, Oregon, New York, Connecticut, Alaska, and nationwide.