Regardless of the mode of transportation, you use; the risk of an accident is always there. The foremost reason for accidents is negligence. But a minute of carelessness can have a detrimental impact on the life of the injured ones and their families. Most of us are familiar with car accidents, road accidents, and even rail accidents but maritime or offshore accidents are not often discussed. These accidents are not only a result of human errors but also the marine environment and ecosystem.
Offshore accidents are vastly different from other modes of accidents, and the laws about it are also specific and specialized. If you or someone you know have recently met with an accident on a cruise; you need the services of a dedicated offshore accident attorney from a reputed firm like Lundy Lundy Soileau & South, LLP. For better clarity, we have listed out a few of those severe offshore accidents.
- Equipment failure and Malfunction
It is one of the most common human-error induced accidents that comes across. Many fail to repair or maintain the equipment used for various maritime activities like hauling, etc. Mechanical failures can occur due to design or manufacturing defects. Sometimes the equipment used is not appropriate for the task at hand. Repair and maintenance are the responsibilities of the vessel employer. His carelessness or irresponsibility can lead to grave accidents that can even be fatal.
- Cargo hauling accidents
The victim of this type of accident is often the cargo hauler. Even though reports suggest that usually the workers exaggerate their injury; it could be severe in genuine cases. You cannot do without an offshore accident attorney in this case to get justice and compensation.
- Accidents on barges and tugboats
There are an innumerable number of barges and tugboats carrying a significant amount of cargo at any point in time. Their build is such that their movement is restricted in water. There might be some defect in the barge-towing equipment. If there are faulty towing cables; an accident can happen in the blink of an eye.
- Fire and explosion
This type of accident often takes place with crude oil tankers and cargo, on oil rigs, etc. Oil and similar materials are combustible, and even a small explosion can lead to severe injuries and a significant loss to property and lives. Statistics indicate worker’s negligence as the top cause of this type of accident. It is tough to get the right compensation here without the intervention of a specialized offshore accident attorney.
- Chemical exposure
One is required to take all precautions and wear protective gear when working with hazardous materials. Any direct contact with the chemicals or its inhalation can cause severe health issues to the workers. You always have the added threat of equipment failure and worker’s negligence to spike up the gravity of accidents.
- Weather threat
Weather can be important as well as dangerous to the maritime activities. Harsh weather conditions like strong winds, high tide, etc. can lead to vessels like fishing boats, or small ships to capsize or develop significant problems that can lead to a severe accident. An unfortunate aspect of this type of accident is that you have no control over it and cannot do anything if faced with it.
Apart from the above accidents, several other types of offshore accidents can take place like offshore oil rigs accident, cruise vessels and commercial fishing vessel mishaps, grounding of ships, crane mishaps, accidents due to drugs and alcohol, etc. If you are a victim of any of these types of accidents, you are entitled to compensation. But this needs a thorough investigation and be proved beyond doubt. You can trust Lundy Lundy Soileau & South, LLP to walk the extra mile and ensure that you receive justice with minimum hassle and pain. Give us a call to find out more about how we can make a difference!