Paducah Maritime Injury Attorneys
Holding Third Parties Responsible for Negligence
Navigating on-the-job injuries and workers’ compensation claims can be overwhelming, but if you’re injured as a river worker, your claim falls under a completely different set of laws that can be even more challenging to understand. Accidents on the water, such as on lakes and at sea, are regulated by maritime laws and thus require workers to file claims that are separate from typical workers’ compensation claims. Katz Law has recovered millions for clients who have been injured by negligence, including river and maritime employees. If your injuries were caused by a third party and not your employer, you may be able to seek financial compensation through a maritime tort claim. Our Paducah maritime injury attorneys can help you understand your options and work towards your goals when you call.
Going Beyond Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Claims
The federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a law designed to compensate maritime workers for any injuries they suffer while working and is a no-fault system, meaning that workers can recover damages regardless of who caused the accident. However, one stipulation is that once you file your claim and are compensated, you can’t sue your employer for additional compensation.
If, however, your accident is proven to be caused by a third party, you can pursue a civil lawsuit, or a maritime injury claim, which allows workers to secure additional compensation that often goes above and beyond what workers can get in a longshore and harbor workers’ compensation claim.
Call (270) 778-0020 today for a free consultation with our Paducah maritime injury attorneys. We can hold third parties responsible for their negligent actions and achieve optimal outcomes for you.
Common Injuries & How We Can Help
River and maritime workers can suffer from a wide range of injuries depending on the nature of the accident. Getting crushed by a faulty forklift, for example, can result in broken and crushed limbs as well as death, while a falling object can cause a traumatic brain injury.
Common injuries acquired in maritime accidents include:
- Back injuries
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord and neck injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Eye injuries
- Chemical exposure
- Emotional distress
When you call our team, we can begin investigating your accident immediately. It can be challenging for injured victims to determine who is responsible for causing their injuries – we can use our skills and resources to confirm that a third party is responsible and can build your case to recover damages. We can pursue the full amount of compensation you’re entitled to so you can pay your medical bills, including expenses relating to ambulance rides, surgeries, hospital stays, medications, and more, and make up for lost wages or earning capacity.
At Katz Law, we’re on the side of individuals, families, and workers. Allow us to fight for your rights.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Damages?
In the maritime industry, there are a few third parties who can often be held responsible for injuries workers acquire from accidents, including manufacturers, distributors, and maintenance and repair companies.
Workers injured by third parties are often injured by unsafe or defective products – some common accidents include:
- Ship explosion and fire injuries
- Falling objects injuries
- Toxic exposure
- Injuries from broken wires and lines
- Injuries caused by defective equipment, including engine systems, cranes, forklifts, doors, latches, cables, and more
A manufacturer can be held liable for damages if the claimant can prove that the product or machine that injured them was poorly made and the defect is what caused the accident. Maintenance and repair companies can be held responsible if it can be proven that they were supposed to overhaul and repair defective pieces of equipment.
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