Dock & Marine Terminal Accidents

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Dock & Marine Terminal Accidents

Despite federal laws and OHSA regulations designed to prevent dock and marine terminal accidents, dock workers and terminal workers are injured in accidents every day. In many situations, those accidents can be fatal or result in catastrophic, life-altering injuries.

The most common types of dock and marine terminal accidents/injuries happen as a result of:

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Know Your Rights

Dock and marine terminal workers who are seriously injured in work accidents may be able to obtain financial compensation over and above Longshore and Harbor workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, most injured dock and terminal workers only make workers’ compensation claims because they are unaware of additional rights to compensation they may have against additional 3rd party entities. These 3rd parties may be held liable to pay for an injured worker’s injuries and damages, including pain and suffering, past and future medical bills and/or past and future wage loss. Let the lawyers at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan (Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan) evaluate your case and inform you of all of your potential legal remedies.

In dock and marine terminal worker injury cases the potentially liable 3rd parties often include:

For example: a shipping container company, equipment management company or even the dock or marine terminal itself may be liable for causing a work accident. In a typical dock or marine terminal injury lawsuit, multiple parties may be found responsible and have to pay a share of the injured worker’s damages.

Therefore, it is vital to speak to us as experienced dock and marine terminal work accident lawyers as soon as possible to determine the potential responsibility of all those that are at fault. You may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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Dock & Marine Terminal Accident Lawyers

The passion that our work injury lawyers bring to helping injured workers in dock or marine terminal accidents is unmatched. Our firm’s partners and associates come from families of union workers. Managing partner Jeffrey Laffey comes from a family of union carpenters in Philadelphia and has spent his entire career helping injured workers get compensated for their work injuries.

Our attorneys are recognized as top rated lawyers by Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, Best of the Philadelphia Bar, Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 and Best Lawyers in America, among others. Our attorneys have been recognized as “Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyers in Philadelphia” by Super Lawyers magazine.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a dock or marine terminal accident contact our experienced and highly rated lawyers for a free confidential consultation at (800) 220-7600 or 215-399-9255.

"Workplace safety should ALWAYS be the #1 priority on a construction site. Unfortunately we've seen plenty of contractors value profit over safety. When this happens our lawyers hold these contractors accountable. Our attorneys understand the serious challenges faced by injured workers on a daily basis. A severe workplace injury can leave you out of work and facing significant financial and emotional stressors. We love what we do because what we do is help deserving people who have been terribly harmed."

Frequently Asked Questions

At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we have seen accidents at docks and marine terminals occur due to various factors, such as:

  1. Heavy equipment accidents: Cranes, forklifts, and other heavy machinery can cause accidents if not operated properly or maintained.
  2. Slip, trip, and fall hazards: Wet or uneven surfaces, poor lighting, and cluttered walkways can lead to falls and subsequent injuries.
  3. Falling objects: Workers can be struck by falling cargo or equipment, resulting in serious injuries.
  4. Vehicle accidents: Collisions between trucks, forklifts, or other vehicles can occur due to poor visibility, operator error, or mechanical failure.
  5. Inadequate training: Workers who are not properly trained in safety procedures and equipment use are more likely to experience accidents.
  6. Insufficient safety measures: The absence of proper safety equipment, signage, or barriers can contribute to accidents.

Dock and marine terminal accidents can result in various injuries. Some common injuries seen at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan include:

  1. Crush injuries: Workers can suffer crush injuries from being caught between heavy equipment, cargo, or other objects.
  2. Broken bones and fractures: Falls, vehicle accidents, or being struck by objects can cause broken bones and fractures.
  3. Head and traumatic brain injuries: Falls, vehicle accidents, and falling objects can lead to head injuries and traumatic brain injuries.
  4. Spinal cord injuries: Accidents involving heavy equipment or falls can result in spinal cord injuries, which may cause paralysis or other permanent disabilities.
  5. Amputations: Severe crush injuries or accidents involving heavy machinery can lead to traumatic amputations.
  6. Drowning or near-drowning incidents: Workers can be at risk of drowning or near-drowning if they fall into the water while working at docks or marine terminals.

If you have been injured in a dock or marine terminal accident, the experienced attorneys at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan can assist you by:

  1. Evaluating your case: We’ll assess the details of your accident and injuries to determine your eligibility for workers’ compensation and any potential third-party claims.
  2. Assisting with workers’ compensation claims: We’ll help you navigate the workers’ compensation process and ensure your claim is filed accurately and on time.
  3. Identifying third-party claims: Our attorneys will investigate the accident to determine if other parties, such as equipment manufacturers, contractors, or property owners, may be held liable for your injuries.
  4. Building a strong case: We’ll gather evidence, consult with experts, and develop a compelling case to maximize your potential compensation.
  5. Negotiating settlements and representing you in court: Our team will negotiate with insurance companies and, if necessary, represent you in court to fight for the compensation you deserve.

If you are involved in a dock or marine terminal accident, take the following steps:

  1. Seek medical attention: Obtain immediate medical care for any injuries, even if they seem minor at first.
  2. Report the incident: Inform your supervisor or employer about the accident as soon as possible.
  3. Document the scene: Take photographs or videos of the accident site, any equipment involved, and your injuries.
  4. Gather witness information: Collect contact information from any coworkers or bystanders who may have witnessed the accident.
  5. Consult with a construction accident attorney: Seek legal advice from an experienced attorney, such as those at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, to help you understand your rights and options.

The statute of limitations for filing a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit varies depending on your jurisdiction. In some cases, you may have as little as one year or up to several years to file a claim. It is essential to consult with an experienced attorney, like those at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, to ensure you meet all filing deadlines and protect your right to compensation.