Some of the more frequent cases that we get as maritime lawyers involve workers who have injured their foot while working on a vessel, rig, barge or tugboat. Some of the most common foot injuries are fractures, crushed feet, punctures, lacerations, cuts, burns, strains and sprains.
A worker who gets his feet caught between heavy machinery, or crushed under a heavy object could suffer from fractures or crushed bones. For instance, a worker may get his foot injured in a collision while working with heavy industrial equipment, like a forklift or crane in a shipyard, or may suffer a fracture or crushing injury that requires the amputation of a toe or foot.
If a worker is walking around without adequate foot protection, he may suffer from puncture wounds and lacerations caused by loose nails, pieces of metal and shards of glass lying around.
A worker may also be at risk of electrical injuries caused when his foot comes in contact with static electricity or sources of electricity on a vessel.
Some of the most common foot injuries that maritime lawyers come across are foot fractures, sprains and strains which are caused when a worker suffers a slip and fall accident on a vessel. These accidents can occur while a worker is working on a level surface, or when he is working on an elevation, or walking down a gangplank, a ladder or stairway. In all these cases, a worker can suffer from sprained ankles, twisted ankles, fractures, broken bones and other injuries that can keep him off his feet for several weeks.
The Houston maritime lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers represent maritime workers who have suffered injuries across the U.S., helping them recover compensation for their losses.