The maritime lawyers of Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers have handled all types of offshore injury cases in our 47 years of practice. And, in our experience, some of the most traumatic injuries occur with amputations or partial-amputations.
Obviously, losing a limb or part of a limb is devastating to any person. But to the men and women who work offshore, engaged in labor that is most often manual and very difficult, an amputation injury is life-changing and career-ending.
Amputations are among the most disabling of maritime injuries. They often result in permanent disability. The benefits we can help you recover include money for maintenance and cure, lost past and future wages, pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, the cost of retraining and, in severe cases of misconduct, punitive damages.
How Can a Maritime Amputation Injury Occur?
The amputation of a limb may result from an arm, finger or foot getting caught in vessel machinery such as a winch, hoist or conveyor, stuck in a swinging door or water-tight door, or tangled up in a line or cable. Amputations can also result from a limb being crushed by a crane, by heavy cargo or by forklifts. Accidents involving amputation or partial-amputation of arms, legs, fingers or toes occur all too often aboard every type of maritime vessel, including ships, tankers, barges, trawlers, commercial fishing boats, oil platforms, oil rigs, and jack-up rigs.
Amputations may occur when maritime workers operate grinders, winches and other machinery found on barges, ships, oil rigs and the other various types of commercial vessels. Hands can get caught and injured in heavy chains, pulleys, belts, cables, doors, spindles, or gears.
If I Suffered a Maritime Amputation Injury, What Can I Recover?
If your offshore maritime job resulted in the amputation of a finger, hand, foot, arm or leg, you may be entitled to relief for seaman’s injuries under general maritime law as well as the Jones Act,Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act or Death on the High Seas Act.
No matter who was at fault, an injured maritime worker is entitled to payment of medical expenses as well as room and board while they recover. This obligation is called maintenance and cure. It’s important to consider that these may be the only funds available to you to help provide financial security for your family if an amputation accident leaves you unable to work for months or permanently.
For all of these reasons, hiring a maritime lawyer with experience is a necessity, not a choice. Ask potential lawyers how many maritime trials they have handled, how many amputation cases they have handled, and how many years they have been in practice. The lawyers of SMSH have handled catastrophic maritime accident cases for over 47 years, trying thousands of cases, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars. We are here to help you. Contact us today at [email protected]