Unfortunately in the maritime injury and work-related deaths are common. Workers put their lives on the line on a daily basis in order to perform their job duties. A fatality at the workplace cannot go unaccounted for though, because many times the accident could have been avoided. It is the employer's responsibility to take care of the safety of their employees by properly training them, providing them with protective equipment, and maintaining all equipment. In the event of a death, an investigation must be conducted in order to determine the cause.
In many cases, the bereaved family wishes to seek legal help from an offshore injury attorney who can fight on their behalf. A wrongful death suit is filed when a third party is found to be accountable for the death of another. When a maritime worker is killed while performing their job duties and the employer is believed to be at fault for either causing or failing to prevent the accident, then a wrongful death suit can be filed. A wrongful death suit is a civil action suit in which the accused is responsible for proving their innocence. If the deceased was working as a seaman, their surviving family members may be entitled to compensation under the Death on the High Seas Act.
Damages that can be recovered under the DOHSA:
If your loved one was killed in an offshore accident while working at their maritime workplace, then you should seek legal help from an experienced offshore injury attorney immediately. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our maritime attorneys have handled hundreds of cases of offshore death and other maritime injuries, and have the experience and aggressiveness to go up against big oil and offshore companies successfully. After your loved one has died, you deserve compensation not only for your loss, but funeral costs and the lost care and income your loved one provided as well. To see how you can be helped, talk to an attorney at our firm. We have recovered billions of dollars, and we are here to help you.
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