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Working in the maritime industry requires a plethora of skill, training, machinery, and adeptness in order to navigate bodies of water, maintain ships and docks, load and unload cargo, and generally manage the movement of huge vessels and passengers across long and sometimes unpredictable distances. There are plenty of variables that can go wrong and, in addition to uncontrollable elements like weather, there are plenty of maritime accidents that can occur due to mismanagement, lack of training, or negligence. Offshore injuries related to maritime activities and equipment can ALSO fall under maritime issues.
The Cleveland Personal Injury Lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have years of combined experience dealing with maritime injuries both on and offshore. They are skilled and experienced in dealing with injuries and accidents related to shipboard activities, dockside mishaps, and other accidents. Call our Cleveland maritime accident lawyers at (216) 658-1330 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
The Maritime Industry in Cleveland
The maritime industry can be a lucrative and exciting one: encompassing a variety of labor-oriented and dynamic careers centered around ships, boats, and bodies of water, the Port of Cleveland is a crucial player in the domestic maritime economy, generating approximately $1.08 billion annually and employing 17,832 maritime employees while connecting local businesses to the world market. Jobs such as Naval architecture, marine and ocean engineering, and shipping/transportation offer many opportunities to help harness the Earth’s oceans, rivers, and even lakes for food, energy, and transportation. The Port of Cleveland is a major thoroughfare for maritime traffic and transport, especially of steel, and many Ohio residents rely on the maritime industry for their livelihoods.
Common Causes of Maritime Accidents
Because the maritime industry incorporates a host of technology and heavy gear while operating on moving bodies of water, it’s important that equipment operators are thoroughly trained and that equipment is properly maintained. Negligence, oversight, or malfunctioning equipment and spaces can prove risky, dangerous, or even deadly in the maritime industry. All of these risks carry heavy physical, financial, and even psychological loss.
Common causes of maritime accidents include:
- Slips and falls
- Falling overboard
- Toxic fumes in enclosed spaces
- Chemical exposure
- Inadequate training
- Fishing accidents
- Dock and pier accidents
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Lack of skid-free foot spaces
Common Maritime Injuries
Common maritime injuries as a result of accidents, chemical exposure, negligence, malfunctioning equipment, or other inexplicable accidents include:
- Head injuries
- Overexertion and repetitive motion disorder (RMD)
- Chemical burns
- Broken limbs
- Lost limbs and amputated limbs
- Shoulder injuries (bursitis)
- Eye injuries
- Electric shock
- Accidental death
Maritime Injury Laws
While the Jones Act was a federal compensation program geared toward only seamen on board ships, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act is a federal workers’ comp that covers non-qualified seamen who are still maritime employees performing maritime-related operations, including ship building and repair. The Maritime Industry Fund was also created to assist Ohio employers whose private insurance carriers no longer can afford to offer USL&H coverage.
If you’re an injured maritime employee, under the LHWCA, you don’t have to necessarily prove that negligence was at fault for your maritime injuries. Whether you’ve sustained an offshore injury or were in an offshore incident related to maritime operations, experienced Cleveland maritime injury attorneys at KNR can help you sort out your options pertaining to medical care, recouping lost wages, and navigating the complex legal and medical processes you need to regain your health.
Seeking Compensation After a Maritime Injury
If you or a loved one have sustained a maritime injury on a boat, pier, or dockside, you may be entitled to open a maritime injury case and receive compensation for your loss. It is important to seek payment for damages if you believe you are not at fault for your maritime injuries because medical treatment and rehabilitation related to maritime injuries can be incredibly costly.
After sustaining maritime injuries, you may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit and/or claim worker’s compensation, particularly if your injury occurred on the job or if you are seeking treatment for your injuries. You may be able to recoup a number of losses and sustain further rehabilitation in a Cleveland personal injury lawsuit. The maritime injury attorneys at KNR have helped numerous Cleveland-area accident victims and maritime injury patients gain compensation for physical, psychological, and financial damages.
Maritime injuries of any degree may qualify you to make a maritime injury compensation claim, regardless of the cause. Our KNR Cleveland maritime injury attorneys can guide you through every step of understanding the legal process, help you get treatment, and assist you in seeking compensation for maritime injuries.
Our Cleveland Maritime Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Our skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, with eleven locations throughout Ohio, can help you seek compensation for any maritime injuries and side effects you have sustained from activity-related experiences, accidents, and other structural incompetencies and negligence. In addition to maritime injuries, our diverse team of attorneys have skills in numerous other legal areas including wrongful deaths, automobile accidents, rideshare accidents, and birth injuries.
If you have any questions regarding your case, call our Cleveland maritime accident lawyers at (216) 658-1330 or use our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.