Maritime workers and passengers can injure their knees, legs or feet in a variety of everyday functions that are part of their job, such as:

  • Slipping and falling on deck
  • Slipping and falling down ladders, gangways and stairs
  • Falling and tripping in passageways
  • Equipment malfunction or lack of safety equipment or procedures
  • Being crushed by equipment, doors or other vessels

If you suffered a knee, leg or foot injury while working on any type of ship or boat or while a passenger on a vessel, a maritime attorney from Latti & Anderson LLP can help you recover damages including medical bills, past and future lost wages, impairment of earning capacity, past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement and other costs.

Knee, Leg or Foot Injuries

Our maritime and Jones Act attorneys have represented clients who have suffered such lower extremities injuries as:

  • Broken bones in thigh, leg and ankle that may require surgery to place rods and screws
  • Torn ligaments
  • Torn meniscus
  • Cartilage injury
  • Crushed toes, feet, ankles and legs
  • Aggravation of arthritic conditions
  • Dislocations
  • Injury requiring amputation
  • Bone infection
  • Knee replacements
  • Ankle replacements
  • Hip replacements
  • Torn labrums

Who is at Fault

In many lower extremities injuries, the insurance company for the boat owner or operator will generally try to say the accident occurred because the injured person was not paying attention to where he or she was walking or climbing, or that the injured person was not following proper safety procedures or precautions, was hurrying or was wearing the wrong type of shoes – that the injured person caused the accident. It is important that you hire an attorney to prove that the accident was not your fault but rather was due to negligence or the vessel’s unseaworthiness. Latti & Anderson LLP has successfully shown hip, knee, leg and foot injuries as a result of:

  • Failure to properly secure equipment that crushed a leg
  • Defective equipment
  • Lack of non skid surface on decks, stairs and ladders
  • Failure to identify uneven floor surfaces in passageways, stairwells and corridors
  • Failure to properly train crew regarding procedures and operations
  • Lack of safety procedures, equipment and regulations

Damages to Which You Are Entitled

In many lower extremity injuries, the individual may require future surgery to remove hardware from broken bones, or he or she might need a hip, ankle or knee replacement. There also may be extensive physical therapy to help the person recover to their pre-injury state. Lower extremities injuries generally affect the ability of the merchant seaman or fisherman to return to work. Many times, due to the injury, the fisherman or merchant seaman is no longer able to go back out to sea and perform a watch or work for 10-12 hours a day climbing ladders and working on uneven surfaces. As a result, damages may consist of past lost wages, future lost wages and/or impairment of earning capacity if you cannot return to your former occupation or if you cannot work at all. Damages may also include past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical disfigurement.

An injury to a maritime worker’s knee, leg or foot can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering, but our maritime and Jones Act lawyers can help those who were hurt because of negligence, lack of training or unsafe conditions aboard a vessel. For more than 50 years, Latti & Anderson LLP has been winning multiple verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 million.

Get Legal Representation

We have represented numerous fishermen, servicemen and ship workers all over the world. If you have suffered a knee, leg or foot injury at sea, contact our maritime lawyers today and set up an appointment. We serve clients nationwide.