In early September, a crew member of a commercial fishing boat died after he sustained injuries to his head and neck while on-board the boat. The man was Donald Alversa, and he was onboard the “Jason & Danielle”, a dragger which was off the coast of North Carolina at the time of the accident.
After the accident, he was lifted by helicopter to be treated at the hospital, but his condition quickly worsened and he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commercial fishing is one of the dangerous occupations in America. The general rate of death among all U.S. workers is 4 in 100,000. For commercial fishermen, the rate is 124 in 100,000.
What makes commercial fishing so dangerous? Dangerous weather, long hours, strenuous manual labor, and heavy equipment combine to create a work atmosphere ripe for serious injury and death.
Most of these accidents occur when the vessel itself has an accident, but fall overboards are also a common cause of death.
If you are a commercial fisherman and have suffered serious injury while on the job, an offshore injury attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP can help. Injuries in this line of work can be serious and leave you unable to work and support yourself and your loved ones. Our maritime attorneys can help; there is broad compensation available to maritime workers. Find out more about your legal options. Contact us today for your free case review.