Rigging Accident Lawyers
Cranes, derricks, and other equipment with rigging are inherently dangerous. Heavy cargo being lifted and moved above workers’ heads and around ships and docks can cause serious injury if it is not carefully attended to. Many maritime workers on shore and out at sea work in and around rigging equipment every day. In addition to the natural dangers associated with the work, negligent behaviors like inadequate training, failure to follow safety protocols, and inattention are responsible for many rigging accidents. If you have been injured as a result of being involved in a rigging accident, contact a rigging accident attorney to fight for the compensation needed to make a full physical and or emotional recovery.
Those who suffer injuries after a rigging accident may be facing a different life in the future. Some may never be able to work in maritime industries again, and others may never be able to rejoin the workforce. If someone else was responsible for an accident that seriously harmed you or a loved one during the course of maritime work, there are legal options available.
Getting the compensation you need to cover the cost of daily living expenses, medical care, rehabilitation, and lost wages can be complex and requires a deep understanding of personal injury law and maritime law. The maritime injury and accident law attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm can help. Our team of attorneys work regularly with maritime employees, including those who work in and around rigging equipment. We know the causes of rigging accidents and have access to the resources needed to thoroughly investigate an incident and bring the responsible parties to justice.
Types of Injuries Associated With Rigging Accidents
Rigging accidents extend far beyond being struck by a swinging load or injured by dropped cargo. Poorly maintained equipment, slippery working conditions, foreseeable hazards that haven’t been adequately addressed, and unprotected siding can all lead to devastating accidents and injuries. Among the long list of injuries a rigging accident can cause are traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, electrocution, burns, and disfigurement, and hazardous substance exposure. While some accidents may be minor, any negligence-caused hazards can escalate to a traumatic situation in the blink of an eye.
OSHA recommends workers around rigging equipment use proactive safety precautions to prevent the majority of accidents. Understanding the sequence of action in a rigging task and balancing requirements can reduce the risk of a dropped load. Training employees about moving safely around rigging can prevent other associated accidents. When people work in the same environment on a daily basis, it can be easy to get caught up in work and forget one or two requirements. Forgetting anything in a dangerous environment can lead to serious injury and death.
Holding the Responsible Party Accountable
Although it may first appear that a rigging equipment operator is to blame for an accident, the situation may have been out of his or her control. If an operator has not been properly trained or the equipment has not been maintained in the recommended manner, a company may be liable for the accident.
Depending on where an accident happens and who the victim is, there are a few avenues through which a maritime worker can secure reparations. Seamen, including captains and ships crews, are covered under the Jones Act. Harbor workers, shipbuilding workers, and longshoreman rights are typically covered under the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. These two acts extend workers’ compensation benefits to maritime workers and often offer more beneficial compensation than a traditional insurance policy.
Speak With an Experienced Rigging Accident Lawyer Today
The rigging accident attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm have expertise in maritime law and specialize in helping individuals determine the most beneficial course of action. Every case is slightly different and may require a different approach. To learn more about the options available in your rigging accident case, contact us for a free, confidential case review.