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Most Common Types of Maritime Injuries
October 31st, 2023

Most Common Types of Maritime Injuries

Working in the maritime industry can be rewarding, but it carries inherent risks due to the unpredictable nature of the sea. Maritime workers face unique challenges and hazards that can lead to a variety of injuries. In this blog, we will explore the most common types of maritime injuries, shed light on their causes, and emphasize the importance of seeking legal representation to protect the rights and well-being of maritime workers.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall accidents are among the most prevalent injuries while working on a seafaring vessel. The maritime environment, with its wet and slippery surfaces, uneven decks, and frequent vessel movement, creates an elevated risk of falls. These injuries range from minor bruises to more severe injuries like fractures, head trauma, and spinal cord damage.

Machinery Accidents

Maritime workers often operate heavy machinery and equipment that poses significant risks if not properly maintained or operated. Machinery accidents can happen due to malfunctioning equipment, inadequate safety guards, lack of training, or failure to follow safety protocols. These injuries are often much more severe and can lead to amputations and crush injuries.

Accidents and Collisions

Maritime accidents involving collisions between vessels, or vessels and fixed structures, are another common cause of injuries at sea. The impact of accidents can result in painful bodily harm, including fractures, head trauma, and internal injuries. These are less common but can be fatal when accidents occur.

Toxic and Chemical Exposure

Offshore workers may encounter hazardous substances and chemicals while working on or around large boats, leading to toxic exposure and subsequent injuries. With constant use or storage of potentially harmful substances, these injuries are common. Chemical exposure can result in respiratory problems, skin disorders, neurological damage, and other serious health issues.

Call a Lawyer After Experiencing Any Type of Maritime Injury

Maritime workers face a range of hazards and risks while performing their duties at sea. Recognizing these risks and understanding the preventive measures is crucial for safeguarding the well-being of maritime workers. If you or a loved one has suffered a maritime injury, seeking legal representation from Schechter, Shaffer & Harris is vital to protecting your rights and pursuing rightful compensation. We can work towards a safer and more secure maritime industry by prioritizing safety measures and advocating for workers’ rights.

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