Representing Injured Maritime Workers in Boston
Anyone who works as a harbor worker or longshoreman in Boston knows the job is difficult and can easily take a heavy toll on the human body. Some aspects of the job are even incredibly dangerous. Consequently, accidents sometimes happen, and injuries are often the result. Fortunately, harbor workers can seek compensation for their workplace injuries. While the claims process is often complicated, having an experienced attorney on your side can make the recovery process much easier.
At the DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we are prepared to help our clients navigate these sometimes-treacherous waters to secure the compensation needed to fully recover. If you’ve been injured as a longshoreman or harbor worker, contact the Boston office of DiBella Law Offices, P.C. at (617) 870-0907 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your injury.
What Protects Maritime Workers?
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a federal law which provides compensation for medical care, and vocational rehabilitation services to workers who become injured or disabled while performing their job duties. These can include loading, unloading, repairing, or building vessels. These injuries must occur on navigable waters of the United States or in the adjoining areas such as piers, docks, wharves, or terminals.
The Very Real Dangers at the Harbor
The working environment for harbor workers and longshoreman can be far from ideal. The winter weather in Boston can bring snow, ice, high wind, and sleet. In addition, the potentially wet conditions year-round add to the challenge of sure footing. But above and beyond the environmental issues are the massive size and weight of the equipment and cargo that these workers work with daily.
Some of the more common types of harbor incidents that can result in injury, or even death, include:
- Shipping containers dislodging and crushing workers;
- Loose cargo falling from ships, pallets, or other containers;
- Workers slipping or falling from a structure or vessel;
- Inappropriate use of loading equipment such as cranes, nets, or hooks;
- Negligent behavior that results in consequent injury to workers.
We've offered crucial support and guidance to individuals who have suffered injuries, ensuring their financial and emotional well-being.
If a harbor worker or longshoreman’s injury is not caused by a negligent act of his or her employer, the worker may still have the right to receive compensation. In third-party cases involving equipment manufacturers and such, it’s important to have legal representation from an experienced personal injury firm.
Having defended the rights of personal injury victims in Boston for nearly two decades, DiBella Law Offices, P.C. works tirelessly to secure the compensation its injured clients deserve. While every case is unique and will be handled on its own merits, injured workers can typically seek damages resulting from the following:
- Pain and suffering, especially coming from permanent disability;
- Current and future medical expenses related to the injury;
- Lost wages, or loss of future earning potential;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Funeral expenses, in the event of a worker’s death.
Accidents occurring at or around Boston Harbor can be very complex when certain laws come into play. It can be very daunting to seek compensation for workplace injuries, but you don’t need to go about the process alone without a Boston personal injury attorney at your side.
At DiBella Law Offices, P.C. we work to ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable for contributing towards your injuries. If you’re a Boston harbor worker or longshoreman and you’ve been injured, contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C. today at (617) 870-0907. We offer free consultations and are ready to help you recover financially.