PTSD Offshore Injury Lawyer
As a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) offshore injury lawyer, we understand how common PTSD is in the maritime industry. With over five million people in the United States suffering from PTSD, this condition impacts those in the maritime industry just as it does those in any other high-intensity profession.
While people most commonly suffer PTSD after spending time in the military, the stressful situations that can arise at sea can also lead to this condition. This is because PTSD is triggered by a traumatic event. What is traumatic to one person may not be traumatic to another; however, seamen who may have witnessed a major crash, have been through serious storms, or have even seen someone die can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Maritime Industries with High Counts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
This condition is common in the fishing industry, even though many people are unaware of how dangerous the fishing industry actually is. As a fisherman, you are intimately aware of what happens when the waves get rough and the seas get high. You may also have personally experienced loss due to injury or even the death of another crew member as storms quickly got out of control.
Commercial fishing is so dangerous, it is common to suffer from lost limbs, burns, significant trauma, brain damage, and a variety of other injuries. The sheer nature and scope of these injuries and the events that cause them lead some fisherman to experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Others victims include those supplying or supporting the military in a war zone, or seamen sailing in rough waters across the open ocean.
Reasons for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Severe physical injury
- Near-death experiences like almost drowning
- Severe storms
- Sudden danger
A PTSD Offshore Injury Lawyer Explains Your Rights
Since post-traumatic stress disorder can lead to terrible depression, insomnia, reliving the events over and over again, an inability to work, and an inability to cope with life in general, it requires extensive and continuous therapy and treatment to recover from. Most people with PTSD spend years in therapy and also take medication to make it easier to manage their symptoms.
If you have this terrible condition, as a seaman, you have the right to sue your employer or anyone responsible for the events leading to your PTSD. This could be your employer, the captain of the ship, or other crew members who contributed to the traumatic event. When filing a lawsuit, you can seek compensation for your medical care in addition to both current and future lost wages. You can also ask for compensation for pain and suffering, something that is easy to identify with PTSD.
Speak with a PTSD Offshore Injury Lawyer
To further discuss your rights or to begin the process of filing a lawsuit, call Zehl & Associates at 1-888-302-3838.