How much it costs to hire a maritime injury lawyer varies on a lawyer-by-lawyer and a case-by-case basis. Maritime injury lawyers, much like other personal injury attorneys, typically work with a contingency fee agreement. This means that they recover their fee as a percentage of your final settlement.
According to the American Bar Association (ABA), in a contingency fee agreement, a client is only responsible for paying the attorney’s fees when and if the case is successful and the client recovers a settlement or court award. If the case is unsuccessful, neither the client nor the attorney recovers anything. While contingency fee percentages can vary, the ABA reports that attorneys often take around one-third to 40% of the final settlement as their fee.
Maritime Accidents and Injuries You Can Claim
Working on the high seas can be exciting and financially rewarding. However, the maritime environment can also lead to serious accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Common maritime accidents can include:
Slips and Falls
Working in a maritime environment can involve inclement weather and harsh working conditions, whether workers are employed on vessels or oil platforms. Slippery surfaces, hazards such as broken steps or handrails, or cluttered walking surfaces can potentially lead to falls.
Injuries in serious falls on a vessel or from a vessel or oil platform can have fatal consequences for a victim. If they survive, victims could be facing painful, permanent, and costly injuries such as spinal cord damage, fractures, and loss of limbs.
Exposure to Dangerous and Toxic Substances
Oil platform and ship workers handle dangerous and toxic substances on a daily basis. A ship’s engine room contains powerful machinery, pressurized equipment, and a lot of fuel, all potentially dangerous to the lives of workers. Chemical burns, steam burns, and burns from a fire can occur in a ship’s engine room and on oil platforms.
Maritime workers can also suffer injuries when exposed to harmful chemicals and while working with high voltage equipment.
Injuries from accidents in the maritime environment can be life-changing for a victim and, in the case of severe disability or death, life-changing for the entire family. Victims and their families may face exorbitant and ongoing healthcare expenses, loss of wages, and other significant costs. However, a maritime lawyer from our firm can help victims and their families fight for compensation.
Proving Negligence in Maritime Accidents
Some accidents, especially those caused by environmental conditions, can be unavoidable on the high seas. However, when an accident happens due to another party’s negligence, such as a co-worker, another contractor, company, or equipment manufacturer, injured victims could have legal recourse.
In some instances, employees could also have legal recourse against a negligent employer. Employers must ensure that workers have the required qualifications and adequate training for their positions. Employers should also provide the necessary safety equipment and have safety procedures and policies in place to protect workers.
Negligence can cause accidents due to:
- Inadequate training
- Defective equipment
- Refusing workers adequate rest or breaks
- Failing to fix dangerous conditions in a timely manner
- Failing to keep workers safe in extreme weather conditions
How a Maritime Lawyer Can Help You Build Your Case
In many cases, maritime laws and regulations can differ markedly from those on land and will depend on whether an accident happened in international or U.S. waters. A maritime injury lawyer from our firm can help you identify your options for pursuing compensation when you suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of an individual or a company.
Victims who can successfully hold the negligent party to account in their maritime injury claim may be entitled to a range of damages. Economic damages may include:
- Healthcare costs and future medical expenses
- Income loss and future income losses
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Non-economic damages victims could potentially receive awards for may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of a limb
- Reduced life quality
Victims may also receive compensation for additional types of damages. It is important to note that the size of a potential settlement will ultimately depend on the circumstances of the accident, severity of injuries, and other factors.
Call the Attorneys at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers for Help and Advice
We can offer you a free consultation discussing the circumstances of your potential claim and your legal options. A dedicated maritime lawyer from our firm who is familiar with maritime law can protect your rights and potentially help you recover compensation.
We can leave no stone unturned in fighting for a settlement that covers all your damages now and in the future. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers now at (337) 777-7777 for a free case review.