Coast Guard Medevacs Tanker Worker with Injured Back Following 20-Foot Fall
The US Coast Guard said in a press release that it medevaced a 28-year-old man who sustained a back injury after falling 20 feet while working aboard a tanker approximately 55 miles southeast of Port Arthur, Texas, on March 30. According to the Coast Guard, the man fell in the engineering space of the 800-foot Cyprus flagged tanker, NORDMARK, and he was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
“It’s a good thing the Coast Guard is able to respond to these kind of emergency situations,” said Bill Segelken, a watchstander at the US Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. “The Coast Guard recognizes that accidents happen and it is important for us to be there, because we are the only ones with the capabilities to conduct medical evacuations from boats.”
Tankers are not only enormous vessels, but the workers aboard them also perform highly physical jobs that involve very long hours. The work is also extremely grueling, and any type of maritime injury can be devastating because it often prevents the injured individual from being able to return to work. Falls, in particular, can have long-lasting physical ramifications that drastically affect a person’s basic everyday functions in addition to employment.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a tanker accident, you could be entitled to additional compensation under the Jones Act if an employer’s negligence contributed to the injury. Our history of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements obtained for clients includes a $5.9 million settlement for an individual who sustained a traumatic brain injury, numerous broken bones and a variety of internal injuries after falling 35 feet.
You can learn more about tanker accidents by visiting our website. If you sustained an injury or your loved one was killed while working on a tanker vessel, complete the form on this page to let our Jones Act attorneys review your case or contact our firm right now at (800) 392-6072 to set up a free consultation.
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