Faulty Grating Injuries
There is no question that the maritime industry involves certain inherent dangers. Not only do maritime professionals have to deal with potentially harsh environmental factors, they are often working with complicated and heavy equipment in less than ideal conditions.
A common piece of equipment used on shipping vessels, oil rigs, and fixed platforms is grating. Grating can come in a variety of materials and is commonly used to cover floor openings and provide flooring, bridge platforms, and mezzanine systems on which workers walk and stand while performing their duties.
Over time, grating can become corroded, warped, or otherwise damaged, which can lead to serious injuries for workers. When a faulty grating accident occurs, a Houston maritime accident lawyer at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can fight for maximum compensation for your case. Call us today at 281-283-8500 to find out how we can help you.
Faulty Grating Hazards
Slips, trips, and falls, are a major cause of injury in the workplace every year. Because grating is exposed to harsh environmental conditions, in addition to normal wear and tear, it is especially important that it be regularly maintained, inspected, and repaired to help prevent serious accidents from occurring.
If grating is poorly maintained, improperly secured, or faulty, workers can be seriously injured due to slips, trips, or falls. Grating can pose hazards to workers if it becomes slippery or uneven with the surrounding floor surface. Accidents can also occur when grating is temporarily removed thereby exposing floor or deck openings.
Injuries involving faulty grating can include:
- Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries
- Back or spinal cord injuries
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Torn ligaments
Maritime workers must rely on their employers to maintain a safe working environment, properly maintain equipment, and take necessary precautions to protect them from preventable accidents. If you’ve been injured due to faulty grating, you may have options for pursuing compensation under federal maritime or Texas personal injury laws.
Understanding Maritime Laws
Depending on the specific circumstances of your injury, you may bring a claim under one or a combination of the follow doctrines or acts:
- The Jones Act
- The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
- The Death on the High Seas Act
- Maintenance and Cure
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
Given the complex and unique nature of maritime laws, it is important that you get the help of an experienced and knowledgeable maritime accident lawyer. The talented team of attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have extensive experience handling a wide variety of maritime accidents cases and can help explain your options.
How We Can Help with Faulty Grating Cases
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have more than four decades of collective experience helping injured maritime workers obtain the compensation they deserve. We understand how to build a strong case designed to support your claim for compensation and our successful track record includes obtaining numerous multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of injured maritime workers.
We are dedicated to obtaining the maximum possible compensation for our clients so that they have the resources necessary for recovery. Let us put our knowledge, skills, and resources to work for you.
Contact our skilled Houston maritime accident lawyers today at 281-283-8500 for a free, no-obligation consultation. You don’t owe us anything unless we obtain compensation for your case.