Maritime lawyers are tasked with staying abreast of current trends in maritime law, including current cases affecting maritime employer negligence. A recent lawsuit filed in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas highlights the importance of maritime safety. Further, cases like this one offer a startling example of the dangers facing maritime workers.
Longshoremen Allege Maritime Employer Negligence
Recently, two longshoremen in Texas have filed a lawsuit against a vessel operator after sustaining serious injuries while working onboard. According to reports, the two men were working onboard the M/V Asia Zircon II when an onboard crane failed causing a load to crash down onto them. The lawsuit claims that both longshoremen sustained injuries severe enough to cause physical pain, mental anguish, loss of earning capacity, significant medical expenses, and permanent physical impairments.
It is alleged that the companies named as the defendant in the lawsuit, Maritime Asia Zircon and Columbia Ship management Singapore, were negligent. Forms of alleged maritime negligence include:
- Failure to provide a safe workplace
- Failure to ensure loads were properly secured
- Failure to maintain crane cables
- Failure to protect/warn against vessel hazards
The longshoremen are seeking $5 million in damages plus unspecified court costs and relief.
Maritime Lawyers Can Help You
Due to the significant nature of the injuries sustained, there is no doubt that both of these longshoremen and their families have suffered. When devastating accidents and injuries occur, workers and their loved ones can face extreme financial and mental anguish, which exacerbates any physical pain caused. It is important that anyone injured due to the negligence of a maritime employer explore their rights.
Contact our maritime attorneys who can help you understand your rights and options under maritime law. Our experienced team can help you make sense of an unfortunate circumstance, and will work hard to protect your rights.