Common Injuries in Offshore Accidents

Working aboard ships, boats, and other seafaring vessels off of the Texas coast or in the Gulf of Mexico can be dangerous. Slippery decks, faulty equipment, rough seas, or unseaworthy ships can lead to life-altering or life-threatening injuries, including brain trauma, amputations, broken bones, and serious burns.

Regardless of the cause, if you have been injured in a Houston offshore accident, an experienced maritime attorney can review the evidence surrounding your injury and help you obtain compensation for your losses. If you or your loved one has suffered an injury or illness while on the job, the attorneys from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have extensive experience handling maritime accident cases and obtaining the maximum possible compensation — including some of the largest maritime recoveries in Texas.

Maritime Accident Injuries

The following is a brief description of injuries in offshore accidents commonly sustained by longshoremen, seamen, or harbor workers:

Back Injuries — Working in the Texas maritime industry can be physically demanding. Seamen, oil rig workers, and longshoremen often perform difficult tasks, such as lifting cargo and operating heavy oil and gas exploration equipment. These demanding jobs can place strain and stress on the neck, back, and spinal cord that can leave a worker unable to perform their duties.

Burns — Burns are physically and emotionally painful, and they often come with a slow, difficult recovery. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our Houston maritime accident lawyers will handle any type of maritime burn injury claim, including those involving:

  • Explosions on vessels or oil rigs
  • Combustible fuel explosions
  • Ruptures in high-pressure gas lines
  • Engine room fires
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Faulty fire prevention systems
  • Welding accidents
  • Steam pipe ruptures
  • Electrical accidents

Chemical Exposure — Texas maritime employers and vessel owners have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe workplace that is free from toxic chemicals and fumes. Without proper safety policies and equipment, workers may experience some of the following injuries:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Lung damage
  • Asphyxiation
  • Lung cancer
  • Brain injuries
  • Neurological damages
  • Hydrogen sulfide poisoning
  • Rashes
  • Chemical burns
  • Allergic reactions

Crush Injuries — Crush injuries, which occur when a body part is trapped under a heavy object or pinned between two objects, are among the most catastrophic injuries that can happen on a vessel or offshore rig. Crush injuries can have a number of devastating impacts, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Organ ruptures
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle cell death
  • Paralysis
  • Infection, leading to amputation

Head Injuries — Maritime workers are especially vulnerable to head injuries, whether from falling on a slippery deck, being struck by falling objects, or other types of maritime accidents. Sometimes the effects of a head injury are immediately noticeable, but other times symptoms may not appear until much later. Workers struggling with maritime-related head injuries may experience some of the following:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain damage
  • Concussion
  • Swelling or bleeding in the brain
  • Memory loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Chronic migraines
  • Seizures
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems with speech
  • Hearing loss or ringing in ears
  • Change in personality
  • Depression
  • Nausea

Loss of Limbs — Of all the possible injuries a maritime worker can endure, losing a limb is one of the most traumatic. After your accident, adapting to life as an amputee will be extremely challenging — both physically and mentally.

How a Houston Maritime Accident Attorney Can Help

A unique set of laws often applies to maritime accidents and injuries, and even to injuries that are connected with maritime industries such as accidents on docks or in harbors. This can make a maritime accident case complex unless you have the help of a skilled maritime lawyer.

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our team of Houston maritime accident lawyers has four decades of experience handling maritime accident cases — including winning some of the largest maritime accident recoveries in Texas.

We have represented Texas residents injured in the Gulf of Mexico and in shipping terminals off the coast of Texas. If you are the victim of a maritime accident, it is important to work with lawyers who have a significant track record of success. Contact our maritime accident lawyers today at to learn how we can help.