Cranes and other types of hoisting equipment are among the most dangerous pieces of heavy machinery on drilling rigs and other offshore vessels. Cranes and hoisting equipment present a number of injury risks for crew members and others onboard, and those who are unfortunate enough to get injured regularly suffer catastrophic injuries that require intensive treatment and a long-term recovery.
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we provide experienced legal representation for workers injured in crane and hoisting equipment accidents. If you have been injured on a drilling rig or other vessel – whether at port, on a river or offshore – our attorneys will fight aggressively to protect your legal rights. The Jones Act and other laws may entitle you to significant financial compensation, and we are here to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Crane and hoisting equipment accidents are far more common than most offshore and maritime workers realize. While these accidents typically result from two primary factors (more on this below), they can take many forms, and they can lead to many different types of serious traumatic injuries.
Some of the most common types of crane and hoisting equipment accidents on offshore vessels include:
In these and other types of accidents, it is not unusual for workers to sustain broken bones, deep tissue injuries, loss of limbs, spinal fractures, and other life-changing injuries. Seeking prompt medical attention is critical, and offshore and maritime workers should see their own doctors (not their employers’ company physicians) to ensure that they receive comprehensive treatment that maximizes their chances of making a full recovery.
In most cases, crane and hoisting equipment accidents result from one of two primary factors. Either the crane malfunctions (due to a defect or lack of maintenance), or someone makes a mistake that leads to an accident that could – and should – have been avoided. While the Jones Act and other maritime laws provide certain “no-fault” benefits to workers who are injured on the job, those who are injured due to a malfunction or negligence can generally seek full compensation for their injury-related losses.
Examples of issues that may support claims for full injury compensation include:
If you have been injured in a crane or hoisting equipment accident on a drilling rig or other vessel, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. To learn more about the compensation that may be available for your injuries, call Morrow & Sheppard LLP at (800) 489-2216 or request to speak with an attorney online today.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.