Wrongful Death at Sea
When people think of people who work at sea, they usually think of pictures that tv and movies have painted in their heads. A jolly, large group of rascals in clean cut uniforms making jokes and singing on deck. But people who actually work on these offshore jobs know that they are anything but jolly. They are physically demanding jobs with long, exhausting hours. With all the heavy machinery, heavy lifting and constant moving parts in these jobs, they can also be extremely dangerous and, tragically, these jobs can be fatal.
If one of your loved ones has died while working at sea, contact a maritime lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Few things are as painful as losing someone you love. Unfortunately, these maritime jobs are very dangerous and have a high mortality rate. According to the National Safe Boating Council, over 759 boating deaths, including maritime jobs and offshore drilling, occur per year. Death can have quite an impact on a family such as:
Aside from the immense emotional trauma a family could experience in these cases, there are many factors that could make a family’s life much more difficult. For starters, if the lost loved one brought in a primary source of income, the family’s life can be terribly affected financially. It could be difficult to properly grieve a lost loved one while also dealing with the high costs of a funeral and the general task of making ends meet.
The sad part is that in many cases, the fatal accident could have probably been avoided altogether. Faulty machinery, slippery floors, or improperly maintained worksites could all be to blame for this tragedy. No family should have to deal with this kind of tragedy. The Death on the High Seas Act was established so that a family may fight their loved one’s former employer for the compensation they deserve. Time is of the essence.
If you have lost a loved one to an accident offshore or at sea, one of our experienced attorneys may be able to help. Contact a maritime lawyer in your area today.