Numerous Laws Protect Injured Maritime Workers

On May 2, the U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated a fisherman who had severely injured his hand while hauling gear as he worked on board the F/V SANDY ROSE. He was transported to Bangor Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Fishermen and other maritime workers routinely risk injuries to their hands, feet and other body parts. They work around moving lines and heavy equipment every day. A maritime worker’s hand or foot can become entangled in a line or can be crushed under or between heavy objects, or they can be caught in a capstan, block or net reel. Latti & Anderson LLP has an extensive history representing crewmembers who have injured their hands, feet or other limbs. In many cases, we have represented maritime workers whose fingers and legs have been amputated, and we have obtained multi-million dollar settlements.

When maritime workers get hurt on the job, one or more maritime laws may offer them protections. An injured seaman might be entitled to maintenance and cure compensation and/or damages under the Jones Act and general maritime law, which allows the seaman to recover:

  • Past and future lost wages
  • Past and future pain and suffering and mental anguish
  • Past and future medical bills and medical equipment, like prostheses
  • Damages for physical disfigurement

Injured dockworkers, on the other hand, may be entitled to compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, including:

  • Two thirds of their average weekly wage while they are totally disabled
  • Medical treatment and equipment
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Damages for lost body parts

Depending on the type of worker and the circumstances of the accident, other maritime laws may also apply. Some maritime workers may even be eligible for state workers’ compensation.

Determining which maritime laws apply to your case can be tricky, especially without the assistance of an experienced maritime attorney. Maritime attorneys understand the complexities of maritime law and can help you get the maximum amount of compensation available for your injuries.

Need to know about your rights as an injured maritime worker? Contact a Boston maritime attorney today.

Latti & Anderson LLP – Boston maritime trial lawyers