Working as a seaman, like commercial fishermen, deckhands, mates, and officers, can be hazardous as an occupation in the United States. Seamen neck injuries, in particular, can be severe and even result in permanent paralysis. The cervical spine's bones and joints, the discs that separate the cervical vertebrae, and the muscles and ligaments that hold the cervical spine together make up the neck. A maritime accident can injure one or more of these locations and result in severe pain and disability.
Common neck injuries may include: spinal cord injuries, fractured vertebrae, muscle strains, ligament damage, whiplash, neck sprains, and pinched nerves.
Neck injuries can result in discomfort, stiffness, numbness, and even paralysis. If your maritime injury is severe, you may be unable to return to work for months or even years, resulting in lost pay as well as medical costs.
The Jones Act allows maritime workers who have sustained neck injuries to sue their employers for negligence that results in injury. Maritime employers may be liable under the Jones Act for damages suffered by seafarers while working aboard a vessel due to the employer's or coworker's negligence.
Every sailor has the right to work in a safe environment. Under the Jones Act, your employer's failure to provide a sufficiently safe workplace or to exercise reasonable care to avoid injuries is considered negligence.
Spine, back, and neck injuries are among the most common maritime injuries for maritime employees. Due to the repetitive physical stress and back-breaking and neck-straining tasks needed of personnel aboard ships or along the docks, the chances of these types of neck injuries are higher in the maritime industry than in many other sectors.
A severe neck injury can occur when pulling, lifting, transporting, or handling cargo on board a ship or at port. Head and neck injuries are also frequently caused by trip-and-fall and slip-and-fall accidents.
If you were injured in the maritime business and experienced a neck injury due to an accident or overuse, you may be eligible for financial compensation with the help of a Jones Act lawyer. A neck injury can be a significant medical problem that may lead to other issues.
Mariner Law, PLLC concentrates on assisting injured maritime employees in obtaining just compensation for their injuries. Maritime Lawyer Adam Deitz has worked countless Jones Act lawsuits, and regularly obtains compensation for his injured clients across the country. Mariner Law, PLLC understands that injuries to the neck, back, and spinal cord can result in long-term impairment and impede your capacity to work. Moreover, as a mariner representing injured mariners, Attorney Deitz has a thorough understanding of how marine casualties occur on ships and how they might be avoided.
Negligence can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including:
Inadequate safety equipment
Insufficient training, hazardous working conditions
Workers who haven't been adequately trained
Inadequate safety procedures
Failure to adhere to established safety procedures or standards
Equipment or vessel operating that isn't up to the mark
Understaffing and malfunctioning equipment
Mariner Law, PLLC understands maritime law and safety. The firm is familiar with mariners, their occupations, and their concerns about the future. Maritime Attorney Adam Deitz is committed to obtaining just compensation for his clients. Contact (253) 600-2531 to get assistance from an experienced offshore injury lawyer to examine your case and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve. The firm proudly serves mariner clients in Washington, Oregon, New York, Connecticut, Alaska, and nationwide.