More than ever before, the economies of countries around the world are interdependent upon one another through the buying and selling of goods. From cars and the oil that fuels them to seafood and toys, according to the United States Department of Transportation, the majority of U.S. goods are both imported and exported via sea vessels.
The men and women who work aboard cargo ships, oil tankers and fishing boats face many unique hazards on a daily basis. While working aboard any type of sea vessel, safety inefficiencies related to things like unsecured equipment, poor communication and slippery decks can result in workers suffering serious and debilitating injuries.
Maritime workers who suffer injuries while aboard a sea vessel may be able to recover benefits under workers’ compensation or the Jones Act. Unfortunately, maritime employer insurance companies often attempt to deny work-injury claims or only award the minimum amount of benefits. For workers facing these types of situations, it’s wise to seek the advice and assistance of an attorney.
The New York City maritime attorneys at Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha, LLP fight to protect the rights of injured seamen and work to recover the maximum amount of compensation to which an individual is entitled. We understand that working aboard a sea vessel is physical and strenuous that requires an individual to be in top form. We also understand that a work-related injury can severely inhibit a seamen’s ability to return to work and to safely and adequately perform assigned tasks.
Our attorneys possess a deep knowledge and understanding of maritime law that is essential when taking legal action in maritime personal injury and Jones Act matters.