Chemical Exposure: Should I Hold My Employer Liable?
Did you know that chemical exposure and burn injuries are not uncommon among maritime workers? Many vessels contain hazardous substances that can quickly build up and cause mishaps.
Corrosive chemicals can cause serious burns, blindness and catastrophic injuries resulting in disfigurement. Often, accidents that involve these chemicals are a direct result of the failure of equipment and safety procedures aboard a ship. If a victim can prove negligence on behalf of an employer or a vessel’s unseaworthiness, he or she may be entitled to compensation. This is especially true in cases involving chemical exposure.
Whenever someone is injured in a chemical incident at sea, it may be in his or her best interest to speak to an attorney. An attorney can investigate a case and determine if an employee is entitled to compensation through the Jones Act and general maritime law.
Remember, chemical injury victims may be entitled to money for lost wages, and past and future medical bills. In many cases, the cost of future medical care is expensive when it comes to treating chemical injuries, so having adequate compensation is extremely important.
Coast Guard Rescues Three Mariners Near Oregon
Earlier this month, the Coast Guard rescued three mariners, reportedly suffering from burns and leg injuries, from a cargo ship 52 miles west of Oregon. According to a press release provided by the Coast Guard, a helicopter crew had to hoist three men from a Cyprus-flagged vessel and transfer them to awaiting emergency medical service personnel.
The men reportedly had serious injuries consisting of chemical burns, requiring immediate care. The vessel involved in the incident, Almasi, reportedly had crewmembers onboard refueling and cleaning holds when an accident took place.
Having a Chemical Incident Investigated
While the incident above involved a foreign vessel, it is a good example of how chemical incidents can quickly lead to emergencies. Injured American seamen are often entitled to damages following incidents like this. In the video above, attorney Carolyn Latti explains what you should do following a maritime accident.
Remember, if you are injured aboard a ship, you may be entitled to damages from an employer, or the owner and operator of the vessel. Speaking to an attorney may be in your best interest.
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