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What’s your legal recourse if your loved one dies at sea?

Your son got married last month. He and his new bride decided to take a cruise to Alaska for their honeymoon. It was their dream vacation. But when the ship hit some unforeseen turbulence, it toppled onto some protruding rocks. Your son did not make it out alive.

In the wake of such devastation, you should know that you have legal recourse for your loss.

3 key maritime injury questions and answers

You've spent the last decade working in the maritime industry, and you avoided major injuries for years. It's a sometimes chaotic, dangerous profession, so you know how lucky you were.

Now, though, that injury bug has finally struck. You can't work, the medical bills are piling up and you're starting to think about your future. Will you ever be able to work again? How do you pay off this medical debt? To help you get started, here are a few key questions and answers:

How a "minor" brain injury can hurt your career

There is always the possibility of suffering an injury whenever a person spends time on a seafaring vessel of any kind. This is simply the nature of being out on the water, which can change from calm to rough and choppy very quickly.

One of the most common and poorly understood injuries a person may suffer while out on the water is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). These may occur any time a person receives a blow to the head, even if the experience does not cause a substantial amount of pain in the moment. 

Common injuries that occur on the ship deck

A ship deck is an unsafe place to work, but many people still need to do this work to earn a living and provide necessities to fellow countrymen. The injuries that can occur might mean that the worker has to take time off of work and get medical care. The safety of these workers is important, so employers must take the necessary steps to help them stay safe.

There are some very specific hazards that these workers face. If you are a deck worker, you need to be aware of certain injuries that can come with these work conditions. Here are a few of the more common ones that you should know about:

Injuries on seafaring vessels can be devastating

A seafaring vessel has many different hazards that can have a negative impact on the men and women who work on them. It is crucial for anyone who is on a ship, boat or barge, regardless of the type, to understand the hazards and how to fight back against them.

When there are injures on a seafaring vessel, there is a chance that the victim might end up with a devastating outcome.

3 important safety tips for anyone on the sea

People who work on seafaring vessels face difficult conditions nearly every day. It is imperative that they have everything they need to remain safe for the days, weeks and months when they are away from land.

There are safety tips that apply to all vessels, regardless of whether they are off the West Coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, or in frigid northern waters. Here are a few that all seafaring vessel crew members and owners should remember.

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  • Whether you are a maritime professional or were injured on a cruise ship, our attorneys can help. We have represented clients from every West Coast port city, including Oakland (where we’re based), San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Long Beach, San Pedro and San Diego. We also serve clients from the Gulf Coast.

  • To speak with one of our maritime lawyers, call the Law Offices of Lyle C. Cavin, Jr. & Associates in Oakland at 510-291-4743, 888-340-7991 or contact us online.

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