You never thought it would happen to you. You left your home in New Jersey for your maritime job on the Atlantic Ocean. You never expected the work to be easy, but you've received safety training, and you trusted the captain of your vessel to monitor the ship and the weather conditions for danger. You didn't think that you would suffer a traumatic brain injury that would change your whole life. But now you are back on land, receiving treatment for your brain injury and thinking about the future; you are probably wondering whether your brain injury could have been prevented while you were at sea.
The Answer is Maybe
As you know all too well, maritime work is unpredictable. You can't plan for every possible danger, but the causes of some brain injuries may be reduced if:
- Everyone is trained. Training should include how to use equipment safely, how to communicate effectively, and what to do in an emergency.
- Equipment is checked regularly to make sure it is working properly.
- Everyone has the appropriate gear, including footwear, to work safely.
- Tripping hazards are kept out of the way and the deck is not excessively slippery.
Additionally, procedures should be in place to call for emergency medical help even if the vessel is out to sea.
What if You Still Suffer a Brain Injury?
You may still have the right to make a legal recovery pursuant to the Jones Act or other federal maritime law if you've suffered a brain injury at sea. For more information, please read our free publication, Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights, and please follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on important information for injured seamen and their families.