Slips and Falls: A Look at Offshore Accidents

Crewmembers and offshore workers face extraordinary risks on a daily basis. While many of these risks – like the risk of slips and falls – are risks that most people face in their daily lives, the risk onboard a moving vessel or a platform that is several stories tall is so amplified and the conditions offshore are often so extreme that it is a wonder more offshore workers are not left to cope with life-changing injuries.

At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we understand what life is like on a vessel. We also understand what life is like when you are no longer able to work due to a serious job-related injury. This is why we devote a huge part of our practice to representing injured offshore workers, and why you can rest assured that a Houston maritime injury attorney with our firm will settle for nothing less than the full compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Slips and Falls on Vessels

On crowded vessels on the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico and other navigable waters around the globe, there are numerous dangerous conditions that can lead to slip-and-fall injuries. While many of these dangers result from vessel owners’ and employers’ negligence, under the Jones Act, you do not need to prove fault in order to recover “maintenance and cure” benefits.

However, as you may know, maintenance and cure benefits only provide coverage for certain expenses and limited room and board. As a result, they usually fall far short of fully compensating injured workers for offshore accidents. So, to recover the full compensation you deserve, you will generally need to prove that someone else (typically your employer or the vessel’s owner) is responsible for your injuries.

When we take your case, we will promptly investigate the cause of your slip and fall so that we can pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Causes that may entitle you to full compensation for our medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages include:

  • Decks and stairs that are slippery from ocean water, rain or recent cleaning
  • Lack of anti-slip protection on walking surfaces
  • Loose or missing railings
  • Ropes, cables, tools and other items that were not properly stowed
  • Unprotected cargo holds and stairwells
  • Basket transfer and swing rope injuries

Who Is Financially Responsible for a Vessel-Related Slip-and-Fall Accident?

Once we know what caused your accident, then we can focus on identifying and pursuing the company that is responsible. Under the Jones Act, seamen’s employers are liable even for “slight” negligence, while the law of unseaworthiness provides that vessel owners are liable for injuries resulting from improper vessel maintenance and other similar kinds of issues. In certain cases, other companies may be responsible as well, and at Morrow & Sheppard LLP, our mission is to ensure that all responsible parties are held financially accountable for our clients’ losses.

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Were you injured in a slip-and-fall accident on a vessel? If so, we urge you to contact us immediately so that we can investigate the accident and begin building a case for maximum compensation. To speak with one of our experienced maritime injury attorneys in confidence, call (800) 489-2216 or contact us online now.

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