Offshore Accident Claims – Dropped Objects

Work offshore and on the high seas involves dangerous work environments for numerous reasons, not the least of which is the risk of a blunt or piercing injury from a flying or falling object. In cramped quarters and on rough water, loose cargo, storage containers, tools, cables, and other objects can all leave crewmembers and offshore workers with debilitating, expensive injuries.

At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we represent maritime workers who have been injured by dropped objects in the Houston Ship Channel, the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River, and other navigable waters. Our lawyers have extensive experience in offshore and other maritime injury cases, and have established a proven record of successful representation. If you were injured by any type of dropped object on an offshore rig or drillship, platform, vessel, or even a crew boat, we can help you fight to win just compensation. To learn more, schedule a free consultation today.

Common Issues on Offshore Rigs and Platforms that Create Risks for Dropped Objects

When vessels and platforms are properly maintained and safety regulations are followed, the risk of injury from a dropped object at sea should be relatively low. It is standard practice for virtually all items onboard a vessel in open water to be secured and stowed, particularly when those items could cause a serious injury if they were to come loose and fall on an unsuspecting crewmember or passenger.

Of course, we all know that safety issues on offshore vessels abound; and, sometimes, tools maritimeand other items simply need to be out in order to be used. As a result, crewmembers and offshore workers on drilling rigs and fixed platforms, as well as conventional vessels like tankers and tugboats, commonly suffer dropped-object injuries due to:

  • Failure to follow safety protocols (often due to crewmember inexperience)
  • Failure to properly secure cargo
  • Improper maintenance of onboard equipment and machinery
  • Improper storage of tools and materials
  • Lack of effective communication between crewmembers
  • Lack of safety gear to protect against injury from dropped objects

While many incidents involving dropped objects occur during rough seas or in extreme weather conditions, neither of these is an excuse for an offshore worker to face life with a traumatic injury.

Dangerous Vessels and Employer Negligence: Two Ways to Secure Compensation

Although “maintenance and cure” benefits are available to most injured offshore and maritime workers who serve on vessels in navigation, these benefits are not enough to cover the costs of a serious injury. As a result, in most cases seamen and other workers must file claims based upon either unseaworthiness or Jones Act negligence (or both).

Regardless of the circumstances under which you were injured, you may be entitled to compensation, you owe it to yourself and your family to talk to a lawyer about your rights. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we will thoroughly assess your claim to identify all possible sources of compensation, and then we will fight aggressively to win the compensation you deserve.

Get the Legal Help You Need to Recover Maximum Compensation

To find out if you have a claim under the Jones Act or another maritime law, contact a Houston maritime lawyer at Morrow & Sheppard LLP for a free, confidential consultation. Delays can make it harder to recover just compensation, so call (800) 489-2216 or tell us about your accident online now.

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