When a Maritime Worker Suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury
One of the most serious injuries a maritime worker can sustain is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control, TBIs contribute to one-third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. While not all TBIs are deadly, a brain injury can permanently alter one’s life. Recovering from a moderate to severe TBI can take months, years or even a lifetime. Victims of severe brain injuries often suffer permanent impairments affecting their:
- Cognitive abilities
- Sensory processing
- Ability to communicate
Some TBI victims also suffer long-term medical complications like epilepsy. A traumatic brain injury can cost millions in medical expenses and lost wages.
TBIs frequently occur in maritime accidents involving:
- Being hit by falling equipment
- Crane mishaps
If you are a maritime worker who sustained a traumatic brain injury on a vessel, in a shipyard or on a dock, a maritime attorney can help you seek compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
It is important you work with an attorney who specializes in maritime law, because it differs from general personal injury law. Depending on the specifics of your accident as well as what type of maritime work you perform, the Jones Act, Longshore Act and/or general maritime law may offer you protections.
A maritime attorney not only understands injuries on water, but also has the resources to:
- Conduct an investigation on your behalf
- Consult medical experts to learn the extent and nature of your injury
- Confer with planners to ascertain the cost of your ongoing care
Did a traumatic brain injury change your life? Contact a Boston maritime attorney today to learn about your rights under maritime law.
Latti & Anderson LLP – Boston maritime trial lawyers