According to the Alaska Department of Labor, the maritime industry in Alaska drives the state's economy and produces more than 60 percent of the nation's seafood. Due to commercial fishing, vessel occupations, nautical management and support jobs -- along with the many Alaskan citizens employed in the industry -- maritime injuries are common.
Types of Maritime Injuries:
Back Injuries - Heavy and frequent lifting is often required with maritime work. As such, back injuries can occur. They may only be mild, requiring rest, but when serious, such an injury can cause permanent disability that requires long-term treatment and medication, leaving the sufferer unable to work.
Burns - Because of the fuel and pressurized gases on vessels, fires are always a real danger. When someone suffers burns from a fire, an explosion, or even from electrocution, the skin damage is often serious, resulting in scarring. In severe cases, organs can shut down, leaving the victim fighting for their life.
Head Injuries - Getting hit in the head can happen at any time at sea or even on the dock when loading or unloading cargo. Physical and psychological problems are common in such cases and can completely change a person's life due to impairment in mobility and/or cognitive issues.
Limb Loss - Maritime workers often find themselves working with cables and lines that can snap or dangerous machinery that can easily take off a limb when an accident occurs. The resulting months of rehabilitation and years of needing prosthetics can devastate one's life.
Death - The maritime industry is in Alaska is dangerous. Not only can an accident cause permanent disability, but it can in the worst cases cause a maritime worker to lose their life at sea. If a maritime worker is killed at sea the survivors may have a claim for wrongful death. In such a case, the worker’s estate would be able to obtain compensation or (1) the pre-death pain and suffering the seafarer experienced from the time of injury until the moment of death, and (2) for dependent relatives, past and future wages of the deceased seafarer which would have been recovered but for the incident causing the death.
If you've experienced a maritime injury, please contact us today. Under maritime law, you could be eligible to receive compensation. While we understand that financial recovery can't heal your suffering, it can help you move forward after a traumatic injury.