The offshore accident attorneys at The Gutierrez Law Firm know the passion and dedication of our offshore workers. Even in the worst weather conditions, they push forward to keep maritime commerce moving at an ever-increasing pace. Working offshore can be rewarding, but it can also be dangerous.
The treacherous work environment faced by offshore workers can lead to serious injury and even death. Add the variable of owner-operator negligence, and the chance of injury can skyrocket. The lawyers at The Gutierrez Law Firm have seen a wide variety of offshore work accidents and the resulting injuries.
Common Offshore Injuries
- Back injuries: Back injuries are not often life-threatening, but they can severely limit the ability of an offshore worker to do his or her job. Treating back pain can be an arduous process involving a combination of surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. Back injuries can occur in a variety of scenarios, most often when lifting or lowering too much weight at a distance away from the body.
- Burns: These injuries can be among the most severe, with long-term physical and emotional scars. Burn treatment is very painful and can include skin grafts and plastic surgery. Scarring can be permanent.
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI): Injuries to the spine can lead to paralysis and loss of limb function. SCIs are the main cause of paraplegia and quadriplegia. These are career-ending and life-altering injuries.
- Brain injuries: Workers who suffer traumatic brain injuries can have problems with long-term cognitive and neurological functions. Some symptoms of brain injuries include loss of vision, chronic headaches, migraines, and poor memory.
- Amputations: Working with large, heavy equipment requires proper training and proper maintenance. When ignored, the equipment becomes a danger that may lead to the loss of a limb. Crush injuries can harm a leg or arm badly enough that amputation is the only recourse.
- Crush injuries: Similar to amputations, crush injuries are often the result of poor operation or maintenance of equipment. Crush injuries are one of the top reasons for maritime employee deaths.
- Orthopedic injuries: When the bones, tissue, or joints are injured, the short- and long-term effects can range from minor to severe.
- Eye injuries: Vision loss or severe vision impairment can keep an offshore worker from returning to his job. Blindness may occur if chemicals are part of the accident.
- Hearing Loss: Offshore equipment is loud and routinely requires ear protection protocol. The absence of ear plugs or ear muffs can cause temporary or permanent acoustic damage.
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If you have experienced a maritime injury, contact The Gutierrez Law Firm today to schedule an appointment. Call today to hear more about how The Gutierrez Law Firm can help – 713-588-3300.