Underwater Welding Accident Lawyer
As an underwater welder, you combine two different professions. Both welding and diving have their own health and safety risks. When put together, many of these dangers still exist and new hazards are formed, increasing your chance of suffering serious injuries caused by underwater welding accidents.
Despite your training, experience, and caution, accidents happen that can cause you to be injured while welding underwater. In some situations, accidents arise due to environmental issues that could not have been prevented. However, in other circumstances, accidents and injuries are the result of another person’s carelessness. In either situation, you may need to pursue compensation to cover your bills and take care of your family.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we understand the unique dangers you face as an underwater welder. You chose a difficult, yet crucial occupation, and you have every right to be able to perform your work safely. When you get hurt because of another person’s negligence, we are here to help you hold them responsible and receive the compensation you need.
Underwater Welding Dangers
As a diver, you are in danger due to environmental factors including the depth and temperature of the water, and marine life that may live or venture into your work site. Every time you dive, you have to be confident in your training, knowledge of the environment you are entering, and your equipment. A great deal of this confidence comes not only from being a qualified diver, but also from receiving information, properly maintained equipment, and assistance from your employer and co-workers. If you are uninformed regarding the environment, the potential marine life, and any hazard particular to that area, then your risk of suffering an injury increases.
You are also in danger due to the welding, and not only the underwater environment. Welding is a hands-on occupation that comes with a number of hazards. You have to be aware of how to carefully work your materials to avoid electric shock, exposure to fumes and gases, and to prevent explosions. These hazards are not necessarily reduced underwater either. In many cases, they are enhanced.
Your safety is also very much in the hands of your employer, supervisors, and co-workers. Maintaining safety and reducing the risk of an accident is not only your job. It is also the responsibility of your co-workers and the business you work for. Companies who employ underwater welders need to create and maintain safety standards. They must hire and retain qualified and experienced professionals. They also need to purchase and properly maintain all of the diving and welding equipment you use to complete your job’s duties. When your employer and other co-workers fail to maintain a high safety standard, the risk of an underwater welding accident rises.
Underwater Welder Risks
As an underwater welder, you face a number of occupational risks due to performing a difficult task in a hazardous natural environment. Some of the most common health and safety risks to you and other underwater welders include:
- Electric shock due to equipment or electrical failure, ground fault interrupter failure
- Explosion due to mixing hydrogen and oxygen in the arc
- Decompression sickness caused by too much nitrogen in your blood
- Hypothermia caused by extreme cold and improper equipment
- Drowning due to environmental factors or equipment failures
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
If you are injured while working, you should look into whether you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Texas does not require all private employers to provide workers’ comp for its employees. However, many Texas employers purchase workers’ compensation insurance to protect themselves from legal liability, and to give you a way to cover your expenses and losses when you are injured while on the job.
If you were injured while welding underwater and are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, then you should move forward with a workers’ comp claim as soon as possible. Under state law, you have 30 days to tell your employer about your injury. You must also complete paperwork to send to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Our personal injury attorneys are here to help you with your workers’ compensation claim and to protect your rights to benefits, including coverage of your medical expenses and receiving a portion of your lost earning capacity. If you are denied certain benefits or workers’ compensation coverage entirely, we are prepared to help you appeal this decision.
A Personal Injury Claim
If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation benefits or you were an independent contractor who is not entitled to workers’ comp, then you need to pursue compensation for your injuries through a personal injury claim. We can help you gather evidence that another individual or business’s negligence resulted in your injuries, and that you are entitled to compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical limitations
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
Going up against a big company for an underwater welding accident can be intimidating. That is why it is best to work with a lawyer who has experience in maritime accidents. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have decades of experience helping maritime workers recover the maximum compensation they are entitled to under the law. We will protect you from intimidation tactics and low ball offers.
Experienced Representation for Your Underwater Welding Accident
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys have years of experience helping workers recover compensation following a variety of maritime accidents. We are prepared to review the law surrounding your case, including whether any specific federal acts apply to your situation. We will aggressively fight for your right to compensation.
We have a history of success when it comes to litigating maritime accidents, and are ready to help you navigate your way through the complicated legal system. Contact us online, or call 281-283-8500 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our offshore injury lawyers.