A longshoreman in Port of Longview, Washington was killed recently in an accident that may have been preventable. The 34-year-old was struck by a mooring line that was shifting during cargo operations. Three other maritime workers were also injured in the incident. Tragically, though, the longshoreman succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He is survived by his wife and children.
A Sign of Negligence?
Accidents like this can happen when longshoreman are tasked with moving ships on lines along the dock in order to load a different hatch. One small miscommunication can lead to tragedy. The maritime industry risks the health and safety of their longshoreman by refusing to pay for a tugboat or for pilots to reposition the ship near the deck. An attempt to cut corners and save money instead results in loss of life.
We don’t know all the details about how exactly this accident occurred, but chances are good that this incident was indeed preventable. If negligence is indeed to blame, either through a lack of proper employee training or oversight on the part of a supervisor, the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation. They should reach out to a maritime injury lawyer as soon as possible to understand their rights. While no amount of money can turn back the clock and prevent such a horrific accident, a settlement can help ensure the brightest future possible for the victim’s family. Funeral costs, medical bills and the loss of the wages the victim would have brought home in the future can all be compensated for.
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Virginia Maritime Lawyer – Richard Serpe
If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.