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What damages can I recover after a maritime crane accident?

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Injuries to Crewmen, Maritime Claims

Many maritime workers in Alaska are tasked with loading and unloading cargo vessels. This can be a dangerous job, as these workers often must use cranes to lift heavy cargo containers. Maritime workers who use cranes may suffer injury due to:

  • Dropped cargo loads.
  • Crane malfunctioning (crane overturns or collapses).
  • Getting struck by a moving crane or swinging object.
  • Electrocution if crane strikes a power line.
  • Falling from crane onto hard surface or overboard.

Maritime crane accidents may occur due to the negligence of several parties, including the crane operator, shipping company, and crane manufacturer. Common reasons for these accidents include:

  • Lack of proper training.
  • Lack of safety equipment.
  • Failure to conduct inspection.
  • Failure to properly maintain equipment.
  • Failure to properly stow or load cargo.
  • Mechanical defects.
  • Failure to follow safety procedures.

Maritime workers who use cranes or work around cranes are at risk for serious injuries that can keep them out of work for an extended amount of time. Maritime claims based on the Jones Act, United States Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, and other state and federal laws, may allow you to recover compensation for your injuries and damages after a crane accident. Possible types of damages may include:

  • Maintenance and cure benefits (e.g., living expenses and medical costs until maximum medical improvement is reached).
  • Lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.

Generally, you do not have to prove negligence to recover basic damages, such maintenance and cure benefits. However, if you can prove negligence, you can recover additional damages (e.g., damages for pain and suffering).