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Helping Clients Recover Compensation For Back Injuries

An offshore job site is one of the most tedious and dangerous locations for an individual to be employed. Unfortunately, every year many individuals suffer serious and debilitating back injuries while aboard vessels, oil platforms, and even in port. There are many different types of activities and occupations associated with back injuries in offshore positions. Recovering compensation for such injuries is possible through various legal steps.

Arnold & Itkin sheds more light on this type of injury below. You can also call our offshore injury lawyer at (888) 346-5024 at any time.

What Should I Do After a Back Injury?

If you have suffered any type of back injury as a seaman, you need to know that you have rights—both under the Jones Act as well as under general maritime law. After receiving medical care, your next step should be to speak with a maritime back injury lawyer. It’s important to know what your options are. Depending on the situation, your legal rights may offer you the opportunity to seek financial compensation for your injuries.

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our team works with individuals who have been injured in offshore jobs. We are here to help our clients seek compensation for catastrophic injuries that occurred while at work. Some of the most common injuries associated with back pain include head injuries, neck injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Damage to an individual's back can range in severity from mild to crippling, and sometimes result in lifelong disability.

Am I Eligible for Compensation for a Repetitive Motion Back Injury?

There are many different types of accidents that can lead to back injuries, but a high percentage of back injuries sustained by offshore workers cannot be traced to a specific incident. Instead, they are “repetitive stress” injuries. This is the term used when an individual’s back pain or damage is the result of continuous or repetitive motion, such as the heavy lifting associated with the duties a seaman performs on a daily basis. For incidents involving repetitive motions that lead to back injury, you may be entitled to compensation through the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) or other types of coverage.

Other Causes of Back Injuries at Offshore Job Sites

Other causes of back injury for offshore workers may include “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accidents.

These types of mishaps include:

  • Slipping on a wet or oily surface
  • Tripping over unstable machinery or equipment
  • Falling from a dangerous height on an oil rig or vessel.

A falling object can also cause an offshore worker to suffer a serious, crushing back injury. If the back injury is severe enough, it can even lead to damage of the muscles surrounding the spinal column or back. In the most severe cases, it may even damage the spinal cord, putting the victim at risk for full or partial paralysis.

Contact a Maritime Back Injury Lawyer Today!

When you choose to work with the team at Arnold & Itkin LLP, you automatically receive some of the nation's highest quality legal representation. Our team of accomplished attorneys has recovered billions of dollars for clients injured in all types of accidents. Additionally, our lawyers represented over a third of the crewmembers involved in the Deepwater Horizon incident. If you or someone you love has suffered a back injury in an offshore accident, immediately call our law firm. We can provide you with information as to your legal rights. Schedule a free case evaluation with our knowledgeable attorneys in order to begin. A maritime back injury lawyer from our team can help you understand your options and your rights during this time. It’s important to act quickly, as you may only have a limited window of time in which to pursue your back injury claim as an injured offshore worker.

Contact an offshore injury attorney at our firm, Arnold & Itkin LLP, today to learn more about your rights as a seaman. Reach us at (888) 346-5024 to schedule your free review.

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