Offshore Lawyer Broken Bones
Maritime workers face unique challenges each and every day. From walking on slippery decks or stairs to working in close proximity to heavy or dangerous equipment, offshore workers are frequently in situations that can cause a fractured or broken bone. Regardless of the dangers inherent in your maritime career, you have legal rights that deserve to be enforced. Contact the maritime lawyers at Zehl & Associates today to speak with an attorney regarding your rights under laws like the Jones Act, the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and General Maritime Law.
Types of fractures that can occur offshore include a:
- Closed, or Simple, Fracture – A break in the bone that does not pierce the skin.
- Open, or Compound, Fracture – A break in the bone that has pierced through the skin leaving the injury more susceptible to infection.
- Complete Fracture – A break that is complete with neither fragment remaining connected.
- Linear Fracture – A break that runs lengthwise, along the bone’s axis.
- Transverse Fracture – A break that runs perpendicular to the bone’s axis.
- Oblique Fracture – A break that runs diagonal to the bone’s axis.
- Spiral, or Twisted, Fracture – A break in which some part of the bone has twisted.
- Comminuted Fracture – A break resulting in the bone being broken into multiple pieces.
- Impacted Fracture – A break caused when pieces of bone are forced together.
- Compression Fracture – A break that results in the bone being crushed.
If you’ve suffered a fractured or broken bone while working offshore, it is important that you report the offshore injury and request medical attention immediately. Do not continue working! Remember, unless you report your injury to the proper person onboard your vessel, an incident report will not be created. Without an incident report, your employer can deny that your injury ever happened.
Broken Bone While Offshore? Contact the Offshore Lawyers at Zehl & Associates: 1-888-302-3838
Unfortunately, offshore broken bone injuries are a fact of life when working at sea. Even so, laws do exist that provide protection for offshore workers in the wake of an on-the-job injury. If you or someone you know recently suffered a fracture while working offshore, contact the experienced maritime lawyers at Zehl & Associates today for a free, confidential consultation: 1-888-302-3838.
The Jones Act lawyers at Zehl & Associates have recovered over $750 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients who were injured offshore since 2012 alone. If you need serious help following a serious offshore accident, call 1-888-302-3838 today. Zehl & Associates has the knowledge and experience necessary to take on the largest maritime employers in the world and win. It’s time you put our winning team to work for you.