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Common Maritime Accidents and Injuries

Careers in the maritime industry can be both lucrative and rewarding. However, these benefits don’t come without a price. Often, the reason that maritime industry positions pay well is that they are extremely dangerous. In fact, maritime industry jobs and construction jobs have similar injury rates. However, many of these accidents can be avoided when appropriate safeguards are put in place by employers. Below is an overview of some of the most common maritime accidents and injuries.

6 Common Maritime Accidents and Injuries

1. Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall accidents are common in the maritime industry. They even sometimes result in employees falling overboard, which is another common type of maritime accident that frequently results in injury. Slip and fall accidents are often caused by uneven, slippery, or cluttered vessel decks. Slip and fall accidents often result in broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and even death. 

2. Falling Overboard

As noted above, falling overboard is a common occurrence in the maritime industry. Falling overboard can entail falling off a ship or falling off a dock. When such accidents happen at sea, rescue efforts are extremely difficult, and injuries can be severe or even fatal. 

3. Chemical Burns

Chemical burns are common in the maritime industry, and they are often suffered by employees in a ship’s galley and engine room. Engine rooms often contain high voltage equipment and harmful chemicals, leading to serious skin injuries, and ship kitchens contain several burn hazards. 

4. Repetitive Motion Injuries

Working on a ship often entails repetitive physical tasks, and this can lead maritime industry employees to develop repetitive motion injuries. The hips, back, legs, neck, feet, and ankles are all highly susceptible to repetitive motion injuries.

5. Fishing Injuries

Fishing jobs are extremely dangerous, and fishermen die every year while performing their duties. Fishing injuries often occur due to lack of proper safety gear, defective equipment, and the failure of employers to provide proper training.

6. Breaks and Fractures

Broken and fractured bones are among the most common injuries suffered in the maritime industry. Breaks and fractures often result from equipment accidents and falls. These types of injuries often take a long time to heal, and they can even have lifelong effects. 

Contact Our Experienced Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana Maritime Attorneys 

If you’ve been injured in a maritime accident, Koch & Schmidt are here to help. Koch & Schmidt is a premier admiralty and maritime law practice serving clients in Southern Louisiana and the Texas Gulf Coast region. 

At Koch & Schmidt, our Lousiana and Gulf of Mexico admiralty and maritime lawyers have a well-earned reputation for providing our clients with powerful representation when they need it most, particularly when they’ve suffered injuries on the job. If you are a seaman, longshoreman, oil rig worker, cruise ship employee, or other maritime industry employee who has been injured in an accident, we can help you obtain the compensation and benefits you deserve. Please contact us today for a free evaluation of your case.