Offshore workers face health complications that can cause both long- and short-term health effects. If an employer does not provide their offshore workers with the proper protective and safety equipment, they should be held accountable for any injuries incurred that could have been prevented or lessened because of said safety equipment.
Offshore workers can also sustain injuries because of improper handling of equipment; even in these cases, the employer can be responsible if they did not provide their employees with proper training and safety equipment for a particular piece of machinery. As an employee for an offshore company, it is important to understand your rights as a worker so that you can get the adequate protective equipment necessary. If your employer fails to provide you those basic rights, you are liable to receive compensation if as a result you have been injured in an accident.
After a person has been injured in an accident caused by an equipment failure at an offshore site, they may wonder how they can recover some of the damages and who will be held responsible for the accident. Will the employer be held responsible? Will another worker on the ship be held responsible? Will you have to pay for your own injuries? These are all valid questions that an injury victim or the family of a victim may have. Arnold & Itkin LLP can provide you with answers to these questions, in addition to any other questions or concerns you may have.
An equipment failure includes any accident that occurs due to the design or maintenance of the equipment at an offshore worksite. This can be on an oil rig, on a ship, or at a shipyard. Say, for example, a ship's platform is improperly maintained and falls, injuring or killing many of the workers on board. The employer may be held liable for failure to take proper care of the vessel. To learn more, call our law firm today.
After you have sustained injuries in any type of accident, you will need to see a doctor regularly to ensure you are on the proper path to recovery. You will need extensive treatment, medications, and possibly surgical procedures to ensure that a full recovery is in your future. In some cases, a full recovery is not even possible and a person is forced to reside with a caretaker for the rest of their life. In any case, injuries of this severity can cost a person millions of dollars over the years. With a debt such as that, they may be struggling in more ways than just their health. When you have suffered an injury, you deserve an experienced and compassionate attorney on your side.
To learn more about recovering financial damages, contact an offshore injury lawyer at our office today.
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