Marine construction workers are often subcontractors on large construction projects in which case they can sue the general contractor, developer, or property owner for any unsafe conditions at the work site that these entities caused, were aware of, or failed to require subcontractors to take special precautions to guard against. Injured workers can also sue if their injury was caused by the negligence of another contractor at the job site, but they cannot sue their own employers.
Always be sure to determine who everyone works for and who owns the equipment. Sometimes a forklift driver from one stevedoring company hits a longshoreman working for another stevedoring company. Sometimes the clerks and the longshoremen do not work for the same company. In one terminal you may have a shipping line, a terminal operator, and a stevedoring company which, though closely related, are all separate corporate entities. If you are injured by another person or a piece of machinery, you need to find out who the other person was working for and who owns the machinery. Many third party cases are overlooked— don’t let it happen to you.
A common area of third party litigation is product liability actions against manufacturers of cranes, forklifts, and other types of construction machines if they are defectively designed or manufactured, or if they lack necessary warnings, instructions, and safety features.
Contact our maritime accident law firm today to arrange for your free initial consultation to see if you have a claim against a third-party. There is no obligation and if we do not recover for you there is no fee.
The statute of limitations on filing claims covered by maritime law are relatively short so it is important that you contact The Law Offices of Preston Easley as soon as possible to learn about your rights and get sound legal advice about pursuing compensation you may be entitled to receive.