Maritime workers and boat goers experience a plethora of different types of maritime injuries on a daily basis. In a seafaring state like Washington, ample water resources and a robust maritime economy mean that injuries on the water are incredibly common. Many believe that it is their own fault for their injuries experienced at sea, yet there are oftentimes numerous players and complicated webs of liability that come into play.
Seattle maritime injury lawyers at Russell & Hill, PLLC are dedicated to fighting for compensation in a court of law after someone has suffered serious injuries while at sea or on the lake. We handle a diverse range of different kinds of maritime injuries every year. While some are more common than others, all of them are subject to compensation should another party be liable.
How Maritime Injuries Happen
Maritime injuries can happen in many different circumstances. It is widely known that fishing and other jobs that require one to be stationed on a boat are some of the most dangerous in the entire country. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) commercial fishing alone faces threats from flooding, being struck by large waves, vessel instability, and severe vessel disasters. In addition, personal flotation devices were not worn by a single person who died while at sea in the commercial fishing industry. Almost half of those deaths were not even witnessed or immediately known by the crew at that time.
In other, more recreational settings, injuries most often occur due to oversight by boat operators. This may include lack of boater education, operating a boat under the influence, reckless driving, boating while there is inclement weather, and more. In all of these cases, the injuries are often severe and can even be fatal. Without the same legal oversight as there is with automobiles, injuries and death are common on the water.
Most Common Types of Maritime Injuries in Seattle
The forceful nature and unpredictability of the sea and vessels that take out on it cause extreme types of injuries that may be underplayed by the public. Problems are more likely to occur in environments in which people are less familiar with the risks – like those on the water.
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limb or extremity
- Electric shock
- Injuries in which someone is crushed
- Burns or scalds
- Toxic exposure
- Mental or psychological problems
- Loss of hearing or vision
Call a Seattle Maritime Injury Attorney Immediately
The law offices of Russell & Hill, PLLC have been fighting for compensation after maritime injuries in Seattle for years. The busy ports of the northwestern region of the United States paired with the avid boating culture of Washington state have prepared our firm for any kind of case that comes our way. Reach out to a Washington maritime injury attorney at your earliest convenience at 800-529-0842 or by clicking here for a free consultation.