The job of a seaman is dangerous and work conditions can be extremely hazardous. This may be even truer in the case of sailors working on industrial fishing boats or other types of commercial vehicles that use heavy-gauge steel cables. If a serious cable injury was inflicted on you or a loved one, you may have options for compensation. A Houston maritime accident attorney at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help.
Common Maritime Cable-Related Injuries
The presence of high-tension cables is made all the more dangerous with the adjacent presences of heavy equipment, bulky shipping containers, drilling equipment, fishing nets, and plenty of other complex equipment. Common injuries seen in Houston maritime accident cases involving steel cables include:
- Crushed or amputated limbs
- Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries
- Back or spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Post-traumatic stress
Houston maritime professionals also have to contend with rough seas and heavy winds, which can make working with heavy equipment even more perilous. These conditions, combined with complex and potentially dangerous equipment, can create a chaotic work environment. It is incumbent on commercial Texas maritime companies to provide a safe working environment and to ensure that maritime workers are provided with the right equipment and the right training.
Common Causes of Cable Injuries
Some common causes of cable-related injuries on vessels, drilling platforms, or docks around Houston or in the Gulf of Mexico involve:
- Improperly maintained and inspected cables that may fray or snap
- Cables that aren’t suitably bolted, tied, or secured
- Workers who have not been properly trained in the safe use of equipment
- Workers who are using unsafe gear or equipment
- Workers who have not been provided with the right equipment
- Insufficient numbers of crew members to work with equipment
- Equipment that is defective when purchased, leased or acquired by the employer, contractor, or owner of the maritime vessel
Understanding Federal and Texas Maritime Legal Doctrines
The laws governing equipment-related injuries on boats, ships, offshore rigs, or at port are complex and require serious legal proficiency to understand and interpret. There are numerous laws that can apply to lawsuits involving accidents or injuries sustained while working at sea, and which laws apply to your case will depend on specific circumstances.
It may be possible for you to bring a claim under the Jones Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or other general maritime laws. If you are a family member of a maritime worker who was killed as a result of their employment at sea, you may have a case under the Death on the High Seas Act or other laws.
To succeed in your maritime accident lawsuit, it is crucial to apply the right combination of maritime laws to your case. This will require the help of a Texas maritime accident attorney who has a detailed knowledge of commercial operations along the Gulf Coast as well as a complex and comprehensive understanding of maritime and Texas personal injury laws.
How a Skilled Texas Cable Accident Attorney Can Help You
Our team of personal injury attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have decades of experience in helping people seriously injured in maritime accidents. Under the leadership of trial lawyer Scott Krist, our firm has obtained fair compensation for a number of injured maritime workers, including one of the largest published recoveries in Texas involving a single maritime plaintiff.
In addition to our extensive legal experience, we also have the resources and skills to tackle large and sometimes obstinate companies such as shipping companies or oil companies who may oppose your claim. We are dedicated to fighting for the maximum available compensation in each maritime case we handle.
The Houston maritime accident attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have extensive experience with maritime-based cable accidents throughout the state of Texas. Contact us today at 281-283-8500 or by using the form below to start our investigation into the causes of your accident. We offer a free consultation and you pay no fees to us unless we recover compensation for your injuries.