Commercial Diving Accident Attorney Corpus Christi
Representation for Workers Injured Above or Below Water
Commercial diving is a dangerous occupation. Working in unsafe conditions, relying on a team to be attentive during dives, and handling equipment that must be impeccably maintained are all concerns that a diver frequently faces while completing his or her job. Because of the occupational risks, it’s not uncommon for a commercial diver to sustain injuries during a dive. However, if a commercial diver is injured on the job because of someone else’s negligence, he or she has legal rights and options.
Scott Nelson, an experienced and respected commercial diving accident attorney in Corpus Christi, helps victims who have been injured either above or below water during a dive operation. If you’ve been injured, contact our law firm to schedule a consultation.
Causes of Commercial Diving Accidents
A commercial diver typically relies on a boat captain, diver supervisor, safety officer, tender, and other maritime workers to ensure a safe dive operation. Though there are standard policies and practices that a prudent diving team is required to follow, accidents still happen. Common causes of diving accidents include:
- Faulty or improperly maintained equipment
- Differential pressure
- Incorrect air / gas mixture
- Poorly trained crew
- Inadequate supervision
- Unsafe dive conditions
If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial diving accident, contact attorney Scott Nelson in Corpus Christi to schedule a consultation. Though Scott Nelson is experienced in a variety of personal injury litigation areas, he maintains a specialty in maritime and admiralty law.
Protection under the Jones Act
Individuals who work on dive vessels are protected under The Jones Act, which provides compensation for seamen injured by someone else’s negligence (divers may be considered seamen during dive operations). Employers and owners of seagoing vessels have a responsibility to provide a high standard of security for all seamen; if this obligation is not met, the owners and employers can be held liable for injuries seamen sustain on their vessel.
Injured commercial divers can assert claims against their employers for damages caused by negligence; under the Jones Act, they may also be entitled to maintenance and cure, which provides compensation for living expenses, medical expenses, and other costs associated with dive injuries.
With his extensive understanding of the complexities of maritime and admiralty law, The Jones Act, and commercial diving accident litigation, attorney Scott Nelson is an outstanding asset to victims of commercial diving accidents.
Contact Our Commercial Diving Accident Attorney
If you have been injured, or a member of your family has been killed in a commercial diving accident, contact attorney Scott Nelson, serving Corpus Christi and all other South Texas areas, to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal options.