Adrift and injured? Know your legal rights on the high seas

On Behalf of | Sep 22, 2023 | Commercial Seamen |

The high-risk nature of offshore maritime jobs means that accidents can happen at any time, and when they do, the legal landscape can become as turbulent as the high seas themselves. For the victims, navigating the complexities of offshore accident claims can be a daunting task due to the maritime industry’s intricate rules compounded by the nuances of personal injury law.

Understanding your legal rights becomes crucial when you’re injured on a sea vessel. The law recognizes that accidents can happen, but it also acknowledges your right to compensation when those accidents are the result of negligence or unseaworthy conditions.

Who is responsible?

Identifying the liable or legally responsible party is the first step in safeguarding your legal rights. It’s important to note that multiple parties may be held liable, including the vessel’s owner, operator or the manufacturer of faulty equipment. 

What damages can you recover?

You can recover a range of damages as a victim of an offshore accident caused by negligence or an unseaworthy vessel. These may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs and even compensation for future income if your injuries result in long-term disabilities. The goal is to make you whole again, both financially and in terms of your well-being.

Did you contribute to the accident?

If you played a part in the accident, it does not necessarily mean you are not entitled to compensation. You may still recover damages, although your contribution could affect your recoverable compensation. It all depends on the circumstances of your accident.

Offshore accident claims can be complex due to the unique nature of maritime law and the multitude of factors involved. However, with proper legal representation and a thorough understanding of your rights, you can achieve a fair resolution that protects your legal rights and financial interests.