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These commercial fishing injuries could qualify for compensation

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2024 | Jones Act, Maritime Law

Commercial fishing can be incredibly dangerous. Every day, those who work in this profession put their safety and even their lives on the line. And when something goes wrong, these injured workers can struggle to cover their medical expenses and recover their lost wages.

This can make it hard for them to make ends meet, which can also put them at risk of home foreclosure, vehicle repossession, and other unwanted financial consequences.

Fortunately, these workers might be able to recover the compensation they need through a maritime law claim. But what sort of commercial fishing injuries might qualify for such legal action?

Common commercial fishing injuries

Those who work in commercial fishing can be subjected to a variety of dangers. Here are just some of the injuries that may qualify you or a loved one for compensation pursuant to maritime law and the Jones Act:

  • Repetitive motion injuries.
  • Sprains and strains from turning, twisting, and lifting.
  • Amputations caused by commonly used equipment found aboard fishing vessels.
  • Slips and falls on wet surfaces that can lead to head, neck, and other serious injuries.
  • Frostbite caused by exposure to cold working conditions.
  • Severe lacerations that can lead to infection.
  • Broken bones caused by falls and contact with machinery.

Again, these are just a few of the injuries that can be suffered in the commercial fishing industry. If you or a loved one was injured at sea, then you’ll want to scrutinize the circumstances to see if legal action in the form of a maritime law claim and/or a Jones Act claim is warranted.

Don’t be afraid to advocate for what you deserve

In the aftermath of a commercial fishing injury, you have to look out for your own interests. Don’t be afraid to speak up and advocate for the compensation you need. If that thought has you feeling uneasy, don’t worry. You can discuss the matter with your attorney to devise a sound legal plan to push for what you deserve.