Maritime Injury Law Firm
Working in the maritime industry may be very rewarding, but it’s also an industry with a high rate of worker-involved accidents and injuries. At the law offices of the Fuquay Law Firm, our maritime injury law firm is committed to providing high-quality representation to injured maritime workers and their families. If you have questions about the process of bringing forth a maritime injury law claim and how our law firm can help you to maximize your settlement amount, please call our law firm directly today for a free consultation.
Common Maritime Injuries
The maritime industry is dangerous for a number of reasons, including that maritime workers often work around heavy equipment and machinery, hazardous or explosive substances, and dangerous conditions. Merely being at sea can be inherently dangerous, as the risk of drowning or nearly drowning is ever-present. Our maritime injury law firm provides representation to workers who have been injured on the job. Common maritime injuries include:
- Head and traumatic brain injuries. A head or traumatic brain injury can be the result of numerous accident types that are common in the maritime industry, including slips, trips, and falls; accidents involving heavy equipment and machinery; fall-overboard accidents; assault; and more.
- Injuries to extremities. Injuries to extremities might include crush injuries–which are most common as the result of an incident involving heavy equipment and machinery, such as a caught in or caught in-between accident, soft tissue injuries, bone fracture injuries, and amputation injuries.
- Back and spine injuries, which may result from incidents with heavy equipment and machinery, slip and fall accidents, and more. One of the most serious types of back injuries is a spinal cord injury, which can cause permanent paralysis from the site of the injury downwards.
- Internal injuries, illnesses, and diseases. Sometimes, injuries are not immediately apparent to the naked eye, but they are serious nonetheless. Internal injuries, including ruptured or punctured organs, may happen as the result of serious accidents, such as falling object accidents. A worker who is exposed to dangerous substances and materials on the job could also develop an occupational illness or disease. For example, a maritime worker who is exposed to asbestos as a result of their job may develop mesothelioma.
- Burn injuries. Tragically, explosions and fires are not uncommon on maritime vessels, often leading to catastrophic consequences for employees of the vessel.
In addition to the above, any worker who is involved in a serious accident may not only develop physical injuries, but also psychological injuries, too.
Our Maritime Injury Practice Areas
At the Fuquay Law Firm, our maritime attorney cares about making sure that workers who are involved in serious maritime accidents receive the compensation and support they need. We can assist workers in the maritime industry with various types of claims, including:
- Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) claims. For surviving family members of those maritime workers who have been killed as a result of an employer’s negligence or unseaworthiness, the Death on the High Seas Act–or DOHSA–provides an avenue for compensation. Work with our lawyers to learn more about how to bring forth a claim and the type of compensation you may be able to recover.
- Jones Act claims. For seamen who are injured as a result of their employer’s unseaworthiness or negligence, bringing a claim for damages under the Jones Act is possible. Under the Jones Act, an employer can be held liable for a seaman’s injuries when the injuries would not have occurred but for the employer’s negligence. An injured seaman can recover compensation for the full value of their injuries, including compensation for noneconomic damages like pain and suffering.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) claims. Finally, our lawyers can support you if you are a maritime worker who does not qualify as a seaman and who has been injured at work, such as a harbor worker or shipbuilder. Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or LHWCA, a worker is eligible for compensation for their medical expenses, as well as a portion of their lost wages if their injury prevents them from working. In this sense, the law is very similar to traditional workers’ compensation systems.
Our law firm represents clients throughout Alabama, Pascagoula, Mississippi, and Pensacola, Florida.
Our Maritime Injury Lawyer
As you search for the right maritime injury lawyer for your case, we encourage you to consider Attorney Richard W. Fuquay of the Fuquay Law Firm. When you work with Attorney Fuquay, you gain several advantages, including:
- Skilled and experienced. Attorney Richard W. Fuquay has decades of legal experience, graduating from the University of Alabama with his J.D. in 1991. Over the years, he has sharpened his skills and gained the experience–both in and out of the courtroom–necessary to improve the outcome of even the toughest of cases.
- Proven advocate. Attorney Ricahrd W. Fuquay is a proven advocate for and ally of his clients, as well as maritime workers in general. The Fuquay Law Firm is passionate about asserting the rights of seamen under the Jones Act, seeking justice for all injured maritime workers, and ensuring that injured maritime workers’ rights are upheld throughout the claims process.
- Results-driven. The most important thing to consider when you are selecting an attorney is whether or not your attorney will get results. At the Fuquay Law Firm, we have the case history to back up our name and the results to prove our success.
- Strong peer reviews. Finally, Attorney Richard W. Fuquay has strong peer reviews and ratings that speak to his excellence as an attorney. These include an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer rating standard.
How to Get Started with Our Maritime Injury Law Firm
If you have been injured as a maritime worker, don’t wait any longer to take action. Instead, reach out to the Fuquay Law Firm today for your free consultation. You can reach our passionate maritime injury lawyer by phone at 251-219-0329 or by sending us a confidential message using the intake form on our website.