Offshore maritime workers don’t need our attorneys to tell them how dangerous their job is. They know. Injuries on production platforms, oil drilling rigs, a dock, or another maritime environment can cause permanent disability or render you unable to live independently and take care of your family. Other injuries may not show up right away. What you attribute to just being tired or sore from your job could be a serious soft tissue injury that, without good medical care, may cause chronic pain or compromised physical abilities. If you’ve been hurt in a maritime accident, you may be wondering what your rights are and whether anyone can help you get the money you deserve to pay your bills and compensate you for your pain and suffering. Contact a Washington maritime accident lawyer at Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC, today for a free consultation about your rights.
Most Washington employees are covered under the state’s workers’ compensation program. Workers’ comp is an employer-paid benefit that provides an employee injured on the job access to good medical treatment and wage replacement benefits so they can pay their bills while out of work.
Offshore and maritime workers have similar rights, but these are governed by a different set of statutes. If you work on a boat, on an offshore rig, or in other environments on navigable waters, you could instead have rights under laws like:
Maritime workers include those working on a fixed workstation, like an oil rig, and those working on vessels in both the open sea and navigable waters like canals and rivers.
Instead of filing a Washington workers’ compensation claim, you can file a claim under the Jones Act if you’re injured while working in the maritime industry. The Jones Act provides a broader scope of benefits than workers’ comp. In fact, you’re eligible for much of the same compensation as you’d get in a personal injury lawsuit.
Receiving the compensation you deserve under the Jones Act may be more difficult than filing a workers’ comp claim. Your Washington maritime accident lawyer must prove that your employer or another party was negligent, exhibiting serious disregard for the safety of workers.
Your attorney can negotiate a fair settlement to cover all your losses and ensure that you have the money to take care of your family and long-term medical needs. They can also build a strong case and argue on your behalf in court.
Have you been seriously injured in a maritime accident? Have you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence at sea? When you work with the legal team at Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC, you can relax knowing your claim is in good hands. Our attorneys have experience with tough maritime injury cases and the tenacity to demand maximum compensation for your claim. Contact us today for a free case review.
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