Commercial Diver Injury Lawyers
Have you been injured while commercial diving?
With divers at risk of drowning or hypoxia every time they perform a job, commercial diving is one of the most dangerous maritime careers.
For most professional divers, the primary task is diving itself. Commercial divers, however, often view the task of diving as secondary to their other responsibilities. These divers are responsible for a wide variety of industrial, construction, engineering, and maintenance projects – all below the surface of the water. They are tasked with inspecting, repairing, and installing vital equipment and structures that support a great deal of the infrastructure upon which we all rely. A normal day for a commercial diver involves using both power and hand tools (such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment) while completely submerged and relying upon surface-supplied air or scuba equipment.
Commercial Diving Injuries
Common causes of diving injuries on the job include:
- Gas narcosis
- Dysbaric osteonecrosis
- Decompression illness
- Barometric pressure injuries
- Gas poisoning
- Propeller cuts
- Dive boat impacts
- Underwater welding burns
- Equipment failures
- Safety failures
- Heavy material striking diver
To qualify for compensation under the Jones Act and general maritime law, divers must be considered “seamen” – meaning that (1) the diver must contribute to the work and function of the vessel; and (2) the diver’s work must account for at least 30% of the work performed on the vessel.
If you have been injured while working as a commercial diver, it is important that you fully understand your rights. For an immediate, no-obligation telephone consultation to discuss your maritime injury case, call Injury At Sea at 1-800-732-7258. You can trust us to protect your rights and get you fair compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
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