Tanker and Cargo Ship Accidents
Alexandria Maritime Injury Attorney
Despite the fact that crew members aboard tankers and cargo ships are exposed to significant dangers over the course of their employment, many maritime employers fail to implement proper measures to shield their crew member employees from harm.
At the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC, we understand how important it is for those who suffer injuries to recover full compensation, as well as how overwhelming the litigation process can be for the injured. We are committed to working closely with our clients to keep them apprised of case developments and to clarify any questions or concerns they may have as litigation proceeds. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.
Poor Weather Conditions
Tankers and cargo ships tend to spend a significant amount of time away from the shore infrastructure, exposing crew members to the elements to a greater degree than those working aboard inland vessels. The operators and their crew member employees, including the captain and navigator, must be cognizant of the possibility of inclement weather conditions and must develop proper protocols to ensure that the crew are not subject to an unreasonable risk of harm as a result of such exposure.
For example, if a cargo ship attempts to navigate through a highly-trafficked corridor during severe weather conditions, there will be a heightened risk of a collision or allision accident. It is up to the employer to establish clear operating standards and to train their crew members appropriately to ensure that the vessel will be handled in a reasonably safe manner given the conditions.
Crew members aboard cargo ships may face injury hazards linked to the containers themselves. Negligence includes:
- Inadequate maintenance of containers and latching mechanisms
- Unsecured cargo
- Excessive cargo loading
- Improper training of workers handling loading and unloading
- Faulty rigging
- And more
Chemical and Fire-Related Hazards
Crew members aboard tankers may face injury hazards linked to the dangerous chemicals being transported by the vessel. Negligence includes:
- Failure to provide adequate fire suppression equipment
- Failure to properly train workers in firefighting procedures
- Inadequate safety protocol for evacuating vessel in the event of exposure to dangerous chemicals or fire-related hazards
- Inadequate facilities to provide immediate aid in the event of chemical exposure
- And more
Speak to a Skilled Alexandria Maritime Injury Attorney at the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC
The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC is a personal injury litigation firm with experience handling a wide range of disputes, including those that involve accidents that lead to maritime worker injuries.
Fundamentally, the maritime industry is one that often pits workers against large multinational entities with significant resources at their disposal. Given the significant challenges typical of such litigation, it’s important that you work with an attorney who understands the dynamics of the industry and how best to guide a client through litigation in a way that leads to a timely and favorable result.
We put clients front-and-center. We take the time to understand their litigation goals and concerns, and we begin the process of building a communicative partnership as quickly as possible. This high level of communication with the client enables us to act decisively on their behalf over the course of litigation.