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Sustaining offshore injuries due to work accidents, boating accidents, or other water related accidents adds a level of complication to a personal injury claim. Kent maritime accident attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC are not only personal injury experts, but they are water law experts who have helped many clients recover compensation for injuries and damages sustained on the water due to someone else’s fault. Whether you sustained injuries while working, as a passenger on a ferry, or recreational boat, if your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your resulting injuries and damages.

Common water accident injuries

Water accidents commonly occur on ferries, cruise ships, boats and other recreational water vessels, commercial fishing vessels, large freight ships, oilrigs, ports, and harbors. Offshore accident victims are subject to a variety of injuries including:

  • Burns and other injuries from fires and explosions
  • Collision related injuries between water vessels or a water vessel and fixed object
  • Drowning or near drowning
  • Slips and falls
  • Diving accidents
  • Freight loading and unloading accidents

What to do after an injury

State and federal law provides for compensation to people who have been injured as a result of someone’s negligent conduct related to water vessel maintenance, operation, and water employment conditions. When you have been injured as a result of someone’s negligence, it is important to take necessary steps to ensure your recovery.

  • Seek medical treatment for your injuries and follow through with any recommended follow up treatment.
  • Report the accident to your employer or proper local authority. A good boat accident and maritime attorney will help you with this.
  • Contact an attorney who will help you take the important medical treatment, accident reports, and recovery steps necessary.
  • Take careful notes about everything that happened when the injury occurred including relevant facts, vessel conditions, and witness statements.

There are a number of applicable laws, both state and federal, that may apply in offshore injuries and it is essential that you hire an expert who understands these laws and how they apply to different accident cases. Offshore employees such as seamen, longshoremen, commercial fishermen, commercial divers, oil and gas workers, and harbor workers who are injured on the job are not generally subject to typical workers’ compensation claims. For these reasons it is important that you secure attorneys who are experts in offshore accidents, maritime law, and personal injury in order to ensure that you receive a full and fair recovery for your injuries and damages.

If you have sustained an offshore injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact our Kent maritime accident attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC. Depending on the facts of your case, recoverable injuries and damages may include medical bills, future medical care, lost wages, lost future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and in some cases, punitive damages. Not all of these are recoverable in every case and in some cases there may be additional recovery options. Our boat accident experts will help you work through liability and recovery issues in order to see that your recovery is maximized.

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