What to Do if You Re Hit by Something on a Boat


What should I do if I’m struck by a piece of equipment or debris while working on a boat?


You didn’t fall, the boat didn’t take on water, and, thankfully, you didn’t end up overboard. However, the weather conditions on the open Atlantic, a miscommunication among crew members, or the simple negligence of a crew member caused you to get hit by a piece of equipment or other airborne object.

What to Do If This Happens to You

If you are hurt then it is important to take the following steps:

  • Report the accident.
  • Get first aid.
  • If the injury is significant, have someone call to shore for help.
  • Get the medical treatment that you need once you are back in New York City or Long Island.
  • Follow up with your recommended medical treatment and do not go back to work until you have clearance form your doctor.
  • Call a maritime attorney to make sure that your rights are protected.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that this type of injury is too small for you to file a claim. If you have been hurt in the course of your employment then you deserve to know the truth about your recovery.

Get the Truth Here

You can begin by reading our free publication, The Legal Rights of Injured Seamen and Other Commercial Mariners, watching our free videos, and following us on Facebook. You can also find out more individualized information about your unique claim by contacting us directly via this website.