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Types of Injuries Sustained in Offshore Work


maritime2The hazards offshore workers and longshoreman face every day are numerous. Injuries resulting from negligence can leave you facing chronic pain and an inability to work. Negligence may include distracted crew members, improperly maintained equipment, or unenforced safety regulations. Accidents resulting from negligence are never the injured person’s fault.

Legally, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injury you sustained on the job. The maritime attorneys at Lapeze & Johns have 30 years of experience fighting for claims in Louisiana, Texas, and throughout the Gulf Coast, and we can help you.

If you have suffered from any of the following injuries, don’t wait. Contact us today for a free case evaluation and to learn more about what our representation can do for you. You don’t have to shoulder your injury alone.

Common Injuries

  • Burns may result from on-board fires or explosions, or even extremely hot equipment that hasn’t been properly cordoned off. There is great potential for fires on a vessel due to the fuel sources and pressurized gases in pipes. Burns may be mild or they may be severe enough to cause significant tissue damage and scarring.
  • Losing a limb can change your life. Cables that snap or mooring lines can jeopardize limbs, as can working with lines in a winch drum. Getting caught between a tug boat and a barge or two barges can cause inoperable leg damage or sever a leg completely. Heavy machinery can also contribute to the loss of a limb. Losing a limb may cause a victim to rethink how he or she does everything. A prosthetic may be required, as well as rehabilitation. Suffering such a loss and paying the medical expenses can be devastating for a family.
  • Back injury can result from the hard labor and lifting that goes along with maritime work. Chronic back pain may require surgery or leave a victim dependent on pain killers for the rest of his or her life. Serious injuries may cause permanent disability. Nerve and spinal cord damage can be inoperable and cause paralysis.
  • Head injuries can happen in a multitude of ways both at dock and at sea. Large pipes and cargo loads swinging overhead or falling can cause traumatic brain injury. Falls can also cause brain injury. The effects of head injuries may not be as visible as other physical injuries, but they can impair balance, vision, and speech. More seriously, hemorrhaging can be a life or death situation that needs to be dealt with immediately to prevent death.
  • Electrocution injuries are very serious and can affect the heart, cause burns, and damage internal organs. High voltage can be deadly, and the presence of water makes the threat of electrocution even more serious.
  • Toxic chemical exposure can lead to respiratory illness, a compromised immune system, chemical burns, and cancer. Chemicals that workers at sea may be exposed to include silica, vinyl chloride, and asbestos.
  • Occupational illness is harder to define, but any illness that can be directly related to maritime work may be eligible for compensation under maritime law.

When these injuries are due to negligence in your work environment, seek legal counsel. You are legally entitled to receive compensation for your injury. Lapeze & Johns attorneys have experience with many different kinds of injuries and are ready to fight aggressively to defend your rights and get the compensation you deserve. We have a reputation among maritime related companies, who know they will have to pay a premium to our clients if they want to avoid a trial.

We have won claims for our clients throughout the Gulf Coast in both state and federal courts, and we’ll provide honest and straightforward advice to ensure our clients can make the best choices possible. Call us today or send us a message online for more information.