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Victims injured at sea are protected

Victims injured on the water have important legal protections to consider depending on the circumstances. Maritime law is an important and complex area of the law that protects individuals injured at sea. Depending on the circumstances, and the status of the individual that was injured, important legal protections are available to help victims secure damages for the harm they have suffered.

Types of accidents that may occasion legal protections for injuries occurring at sea include offshore oil rig injuries; tugboat accidents; barge accidents; commercial fishing accidents; shipyard accidents; and dock and pier accidents. Additionally, protections may also be available to victims of boating and jet ski accidents and cruise ship accidents, depending on the circumstances.

When the negligence or careless behavior of another party, such as an employer or ship owner, causes injuries to the victim, maritime law is available to help ensure the victim is protected and receives compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered while at sea. Circumstances that may be considered unsafe conditions, giving rise to legal protections, can include an insufficiently trained captain or crew; poorly maintained equipment; failure to provide the crew with proper equipment; oil and other slippery substances on the deck of the ship; and other circumstances as well.

Being injured at sea can impact the livelihood and well being of the injured victim well into the future which is why important legal resources and options are in place to help them. It is essential for victims injured at sea to be familiar with the legal protections available to help them when they have been harmed.

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