The Risks of an Offshore Worker’s Job
Offshore drilling and mining have been instrumental in providing the United States with the natural resources it needs to sustain its economy and way of life. However, the inherent risks to every worker on an offshore project make it a dangerous industry to choose as a career. The threats to a worker's well-being include both physical injury and psychological trauma.
This occupation requires an immense amount of physical and emotional strength to aptly perform the duties of lifting heavy equipment, operating hefty machinery, and more. Every year, about 50 offshore workers report incidents of injury on the job. Even worse, approximately 10 of these people will lose their lives as a result of the natural danger of the work.
Offshore work also requires exposure to toxic chemicals—situations that can easily lead to physical harm of the employees involved. Exposure to toxic chemicals can have both short-term and long-term effects that range from debilitating to fatal.
That’s not even the worst part of offshore injuries:
The severity and complications of an offshore injury are much more medically complex than that of other jobs. Severe concussions, serious back injuries, disfiguring burns, or an amputated limb could all put someone out of work permanently, and these are among the most common types of injuries of offshore work. Other common types of accidents are fires, explosions, and collisions. These range from injurious to catastrophic depending on how the event plays out.
As a result, maritime workers are not only susceptible to injuries that could harm them, but might prevent them from ever working again. A blow to the head, the loss of an arm, or a fatality all leave the victim incapable of continuing to work as a longshoreman. The costs of medical treatment and the loss of wages are part of why offshore injuries so difficult to bear.
While there is currently no question as to the need for the resources our country gets from the work of offshore drilling, many are left questioning the potential danger that the brave workers put themselves in every day. OSHA has safety protocols in place to prevent worker injury. Unfortunately, too many rigs prioritize profit over preserving life, foregoing the latest safety equipment while skimping on adequate training. The results lead to catastrophic accidents and fatalities.
Seeking fair compensation for an injury claim is no easy task, especially when you have been injured psychologically in addition to the physical harm done. Ship owners will use any means necessary to release themselves from responsibility for severe injuries. Recently, Arnold & Itkin have been contending with TOTE Maritime, who have been attempting to insulate themselves from the loss of 33 crew members at sea using a law written over 150 years ago. However, our firm is determined to hold all at-fault parties liable for the damage they cause, utilizing all the legal skill and resources within our power.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, an offshore accident lawyer is on hand to assist in matters of fair compensation claims and legal defense. The benefits of their help will be unquestionable as you receive guidance and support throughout the legal process involved with the pursuit of your worksite injury. Thanks to knowledge and experience, we’ve been able to secure over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements in 5 years, including verdicts that have set state records for their unprecedented size.
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