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Hurt on the dock? Understand your rights as a maritime worker

You were heading out on the dock to help unload a ship that had just come in. While on your way there, you felt the dock suddenly give away. It was a horrible situation, and you ended up underwater. Someone was able to get you out, but you were submerged for some time. You are still recovering in the hospital now, but you’re frustrated that the dock wasn’t maintained appropriately. Your injuries could have been avoided.

There are many kinds of maritime injuries that could have happened to you, but you’re dealing with your own unique situation. You just want to make sure that you will be able to get fair compensation for what you’ve been through and to be able to recover without worrying about money or work.

Federal maritime law gives you important rights as an injured maritime worker. You may be able to seek compensation for:

  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical coverage
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Disabilities that resulted from your injury
  • Scarring from your injuries

It’s vital that you understand these rights and make a claim as soon as you can so that you can rest easy throughout your recovery.

It’s no secret that this area of law can be complex, and you may not know how to make a claim or what you’re entitled to recover. Our website has more information on maritime injuries, admiralty law and what you need to do if you’ve been hurt on the job while on a dock, on board a ship or in the water to claim compensation for your losses.