Equipment Pinches and Severed Limbs

Offshore oil rigs and platforms, as well as the vessels that service them, must carry heavy equipment capable of loading and unloading cargo under treacherous conditions. This equipment must be properly maintained, and crewmembers charged with operating this equipment must be trained and experienced to avoid creating risks for other offshore and maritime workers.

Unfortunately, in many instances, vessel owners fail to perform critical upkeep and maintenance, and operators may hire untrained and inexperienced crewmembers to save money.  Regardless of the cause, if you were injured in an equipment-related accident, it is critical that you speak with an attorney about your legal rights.

Consequences of Equipment Pinches in Offshore Accidents

Among equipment-related accidents on vessels, pinches present some of the most dangerous risks for crewmembers, offshore workers in transport, and other maritime workers on platforms, rigs and even on dry land. With the extreme weight and forces involved in moving supplies and other cargo, pinches frequently result in catastrophic injuries, including severed limbs.

A Houston maritime attorney with Morrow & Sheppard LLP provides experienced legal representation for seamen, longshoremen and other maritime workers who have been injured in heavy equipment accidents involving offshore drilling rigs, tankers, barges and other vessels. We focus on helping our clients recover maximum compensation, including compensation for:

  • Medical bills – Severed limbs and other pinch injuries can lead to huge medical bills, both for emergency medical treatment and long-term care.
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs – Workers with catastrophic injuries typically need to undergo extensive physical therapy and occupational rehabilitation before returning to work (assuming they are able to go back to work at all).
  • Lost income – The need for therapy and rehabilitation means that offshore workers often miss weeks, if not months or years of work. As a result, they need an alternate source of income to provide for their families.
  • Disfigurement – Losing a limb or suffering permanent scarring can have severe emotional and psychological consequences.
  • Pain and suffering – It goes without saying that losing a limb or experiencing another serious pinch injury can lead to severe pain and suffering. Many offshore workers injured in equipment accidents suffer from pain for the rest of their lives.
  • Other losses – The effects of losing a limb or suffering another traumatic injury can have consequences that reach far beyond those listed above. Loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship and loss of consortium are just a few of the additional losses for which compensation may be available under the Jones Act or other maritime laws.

Protecting Your Right to Maximum Compensation

To protect your right to maximum compensation, you need to have at least a basic understanding of your legal rights. During your free initial consultation, we will begin gathering the information we need to assess your claim. Depending on what you do for work, where you were injured and what caused your injury, there are several laws that may protect you. Our job is to use these laws to make sure you recover the full compensation you deserve.

Schedule a Free Crew Boat Accident Consultation at Morrow & Sheppard LLP

If you lost a limb or suffered any other type of serious injury as a result of an equipment pinch involving a vessel, we urge you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation. To speak with an attorney about your case, call (800) 489-2216 or tell us what happened online today.

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