Different kinds of maritime accidents can put your life at risk. From cruise ship accidents to tugboat accidents, there are dozens of incidents that lead to injuries and deaths each year.
Out of all the things that ships should not do, groundings are at the top of the list. Grounding happens when the bottom of the hull ends up scraping the bed of the ocean floor. The sudden stop during a grounding is only one part of the incident that makes it dangerous. The second issue is that the grounding may lead to leaks inside the vessel, which could result in drowning if anyone is trapped in an area inside the ship and cannot escape.
In a worst-case scenario, it’s possible for a grounded ship to take on water and tip over or capsize, depending on how supportive the ground is below the vessel.
What should you do if you’re injured in a grounding incident?
If you are hurt when a vessel runs aground, it’s important for you to get the medical care you need. You should be protected by the maritime laws and be able to pursue compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered following your treatment. The priority should always be getting help for yourself and your colleagues, so you can begin to recover from the incident.
You may have a right to compensation if you are injured in a maritime accident. It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe and to provide the training that is needed to avoid serious maritime accidents. If a mistake is made and you get hurt, you should pursue fair compensation.