Dredge workers can face dangerous work conditions, especially when negligence and unseaworthiness are added to the equation. Because seamen work around high-powered heavy machinery, they face a greater risk of suffering a catastrophic injury, such as losing a limb or having one crushed and ultimately requiring amputation.
In maritime work, safety should always be a number one priority. While every individual worker must take the proper precautions to keep themselves and others safe, supervisors and other responsible parties must ensure that seamen have a safe working environment. When these parties fail to protect you, they can be held liable for the injuries you have suffered.
If you suffered a loss of limb due to negligence, contact Lapeze & Johns right now at (713) 766-4855 to schedule your FREE legal consultation.
Common Causes of Lost Limbs or Amputation
Dredger workers already face hazardous working conditions, but there are a variety of other factors that can greatly increase the risk of them suffering from an accident in which they lose a limb, including:
- Fatigue from working too many hours
- Improperly placed shut-off switches on equipment
- Unguarded equipment
- Negligent mooring(securement)
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Lack of safety equipment
- Inadequate safety training or equipment training
The Aftermath of Losing a Limb
Individuals who have suffered a loss of limb, or who will require amputation, are going to need to undergo surgery. Unfortunately, for dredger workers, the true effects of their injury may only begin to emerge AFTER the surgery.
For one, the recovery process can be both physically and mentally draining. Individuals who have suffered a loss of limb will likely need physical therapy, medication, as well as counseling to help them come to terms with the situation.
The medical care required to begin healing can be costly and place a heavy financial toll on the injured victim. But without full use of their body, they may not be able to return to work for some time – or ever again.
Because of the devastating aftermath following a loss of limb, individuals should seek out the dependable and trustworthy team of Lapeze and Johns. Our Houston-based dredge accident lawyers have years of experience helping maritime workers secure full and fair compensation for the damages they have suffered.
What Are My Rights to Compensation
If the loss of limb/amputation occurred because of your employer’s or supervisor’s negligence, then you may have legal rights under maritime law to bring about a claim against the party(ies) responsible for your injuries.
The Jones Act is a fault-based system that provides coverage to seamen working aboard vessels like ships, tugs, fishing boats, barges, and dredges. The Act provides the benefits of medical coverage through injury or falling ill while working on a maritime vessel. It provides compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, physical and psychological pain, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, and vocational retraining costs.
Depending on where your accident happened, we can use our wide understanding of maritime laws to help you recover damages through either the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, or the doctrine of unseaworthiness.