Toxic Exposure from Rotting Fish & Shrimp
Sadly every year fisherman and shrimpers lose their lifes and are seriously injured when they are overcome by Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas/ fumes from rotting seafood, fish or shrimp. The Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas/ fumes that form from rotting sealife can be deadly and can cause a maritime or fishing boat worker to be overcome with the Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas and actually die and/or can cause unconsciousness, brain injury or brain damage. The owner ./ operator owes a duty to provide a safe place to work without high levels of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) so as not to endanger its workers and not to be negligent in operating the boat including porper storage and refrigeration of the catch in the holding tanks.Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) toxicity is preventable. Further the owner/ operator/ employer should warn the maritime workers of the dangers of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) and should provide supplemental mask , breathing hoods or other means to prevent Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) inhalation.
Vessel Owner Responsibilities to the Jones Act Seaman
The vessel owner owes the seaman a strict and absolute duty to provide a seaworthy vessel. A seaworthy vessel is one that is reasonably fit for its intended use, it should be a safe place to work and live. A seaworthy vessel should be equipped with appropriate safety gear and equipment, safe recreation facilities, and a competent crew. The duty owed to a seaman is more rigorous than the seaworthiness promised in a contract for the carriage of marine cargo. In addition to holding a seaman's employer responsible for the negligent acts of its employees and officers, a seaman can recover if he can prove that the vessel was unseaworthy and that he was injured as a result.
Maritime Personal Injury Trial Lawyer
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After an accident, time becomes your enemy. It is important that an investigation is begun to determine the critical facts of the case, names of the witness and securing their statements. It is critical in any lawsuit and especially in a maritime action due to the nature of the remote location of most accident sites and uncertain work schedules and trips of the crewmen. Also if you are concerned that your employer will cut off your benefits or retaliate against you if you hire a lawyer, then call us and let us explain your rights under the Jones Act. Either way, call us if we can help. Call Toll Free at 1-800-883-9858