Waterways are not as clearly marked as roadways, so it is important for those guiding their vessels to know exactly who has the right-of-way when two vessels occupy the same space. Any minor mistakes made in this situation can lead to collisions and potentially catastrophic injuries to the crew — not to mention the serious damage to the vessels themselves.
Many may think that working at sea would be far more dangerous than work in a shipyard. Sadly, that's often not the case. There are various aspects of wharf, shipping terminal, harbor or shipyard work that can be particularly hazardous.
A TBI is a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately many commercial fishermen and oil rig workers are vulnerable to a TBI because of the slippery surfaces of the boats and rigs.Anyone who hits his or her head can suffer from a brain injury, including motor vehicle accident victims, victims of assault and sports injury victims. TBIs include concussions and skull fractures.
As hurricane season once again bears down on the Gulf Coast, those who work on offshore oil rigs are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
If a worker on a water vessel becomes injured, then they may be eligible to file either a claim under the Jones or Longshore Act. Many employers don't understand the subtle differences between the two well enough to be able to advise their employees which to file.