Florida Harbor Worker Injury Attorneys
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Working at a harbor is a position that carries a variety of risks for serious injuries. Unfortunately, when a harbor worker is injured, they are not able to file for workers’ compensation benefits like workers in other industries. As a result, an injured harbor worker may be forced to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against their employer. If you or a family member was injured while working at a harbor, contact an experienced Florida harbor worker injury attorney today.
At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., we are dedicated to providing you with the aggressive legal representation you need to litigate your harbor injury case. Our firm has worked on a variety of harbor worker injury cases, and we would be honored to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your harbor injury case, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., at (305) 204-5369. You may also contact the firm online to schedule your consultation.
Common Causes of Harbor Worker Injuries in Florida
Harbor workers must perform a wide range of duties that often require intense physical labor, which is why it is important for an employer to provide them with a safe working environment. Unfortunately, a boat operator may fail to implement safety procedures to avoid an injury to a harbor worker. The following is a list of common causes of harbor worker injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident can occur on a boat for a number of reasons. On a boat, one of the most common causes of a slip and fall accident is a wet or greasy floor that was not properly cleaned. However, there are other issues that may cause a slip and fall accident on a boat:
- Oil spills
- Unstable scaffolding
- Unsecured ladders
- Defective gangways
Slip and falls are often dangerous because a victim could suffer multiple injuries from a traumatic brain injury to a bone fracture. Our firm could help you seek the compensation needed to handle your medical bills if you were injured in a slip and fall accident on a boat.
Toxic Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals
Some harbor workers will have to work with volatile chemicals like oil and gas in tight spaces of a ship. As a result, it is necessary for a ship owner to provide workers with adequate protective gear. If a worker inhales toxic fumes for hours every day, they could develop a number of serious medical conditions like cancer.
To transport materials around a harbor and a boat, harbor workers will likely have to use forklifts and other vehicles. However, there is a risk that a harbor worker could be injured if a forklift is used negligently. For example, if another worker incorrectly picks up an object with a forklift, it could fall from the lift and land on another worker. Under these circumstances, a harbor worker may have a valid legal claim against their coworker.
Additionally, harbor workers may also have to work with heavy machinery, which also poses some risks. For instance, failure to install safety measures on a piece of machinery could increase the risk of a harbor worker being injured while using it.
It is vital to ensure that all equipment on a boat is properly secured. If tools or other materials fall from a great height, they could severely injure or possibly kill a harbor worker.
There are many other circumstances where a harbor employee could be injured at the workplace. If you need help pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against a boat operator or another harbor worker, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Florida harbor worker injury lawyer.
Liability for Harbor Worker Injuries in Florida
If you were injured while performing your duties as a harbor worker, there may be one or multiple parties that are liable for your accident. Our firm can help you get started on pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent individuals that caused your accident.
Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the operator of the boat or the worker that directly caused your injuries. For example, if you developed an illness from frequently inhaling toxic fumes at your workplace, the burden for this injury would typically fall on the employer. Alternatively, if a coworker operated a forklift while intoxicated and caused you to be injured, you may have to file a lawsuit against the coworker directly.
It is important to note that a harbor worker’s personal injury case is likely to fall under federal law rather than state law. As a result, it is important to work with a lawyer that understands the intricacies of your case and knows which court will be able to adjudicate your claim.
Speak with Our Florida Harbor Worker Injury Attorneys Today to Discuss Your Potential Case
If you or a family member was injured in a harbor accident, you should speak with an experienced Florida harbor worker injury lawyer to discuss the details of your case. At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., our skilled Florida boating accident lawyers possesses several years of experience litigating complex seamen injury cases, and we are here for you in your time of need. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential lawsuit, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., at (305) 204-5369. Your free consultation can also be scheduled online.
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