Unsafe equipment can strike a worker anywhere on a ship. It is the unseen factor that can lead to injury for even the most cautious person. If you are injured by unsafe equipment on or near navigable waters, you may be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act or the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Contacting a reputable unsafe equipment attorney like those at Lapeze & Johns can provide the answers you need about pursuing a claim in Texas, Louisiana, and throughout the Gulf Coast.
Unsafe equipment may include rusted parts or old cables that can snap or break off and cause injury. In some cases, broken pieces may fly out from a pipe under pressure. The possibilities for being injured by unsafe equipment are countless, and the responsible party is likely your employer or the maritime vessel’s owner.
Fire, explosions, gas leaks, chemical exposure, falling objects, and malfunctioning equipment can all lead to injury or a wrongful death at sea. While your employer has an obligation to provide you with a safe work environment, many factors can contribute to equipment failure. Some of the equipment which may be faulty and the cause of injury include:
- Unsecured ladders
- Unsafe grinding equipment
- Unsafe lines
- Dangerous cargo
- Faulty fire equipment
- Excessive noise exposure
- Poorly maintained winches and cables
- Leaking equipment
- Defective safety and rescue equipment
Even in cases in which liability can’t be easily proven, you are entitled to maintenance and cure. Under general maritime law, your employer at sea must provide you with medical care, room, board, and pay for your expenses back home. If you don’t file a claim, however, you may never get compensation.
For workers who are injured offshore, traditional workers’ compensation is not available. Instead, you have to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for injury. A worker who files a claim for injury due to unseaworthy or defective machinery and equipment may be eligible to receive financial compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Damages for disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Injuries from unsafe equipment impact all aspects of your life. You may require intensive rehabilitation or surgery. Lapeze & Johns is familiar with many cases of maritime injury, from chronic back pain to traumatic brain injury. Even though maritime work can be hazardous, your employer has a duty to provide a safe work environment for you. Allowing employees to work in unsafe conditions is negligent and will lead to legal claims sooner or later.
Contact Lapeze & Johns for the best maritime legal representation in Louisiana, Texas, and throughout the Gulf Coast. We’ve represented hundreds of offshore workers and longshoremen, and our reputation in the industry is well established. Our experience comes from the enormous impact the maritime industry has had on the Gulf Coast and its residents. We know the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and how to apply them to the advantage of our clients.
Our Texas Maritime Lawyers have experience working with inland water cases as well as offshore, and our expertise with unsafe equipment investigations gets results. It is our practice to always talk with witnesses and consult maritime industry and medical experts for all our maritime injury claims. We work aggressively from the start to reach a suitable settlement quickly and effectively.
Unsafe Equipment Attorneys
If you have been injured as a result of unsafe or unseaworthy equipment, call our unsafe equipment attorneys for a free case review. We’ll work one on one to answer your questions and concerns and provide you with options so you can make an informed decision about your claim. Remember: it is your legal right to seek compensation for the negligent acts of your employer or vessel owner.