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Family & Friends Still Reeling after Fatal Shrimp Boat Accident

By Arnold & Itkin, LLP  Sep. 20, 2012 11:05a

The parents of a 15-year-old boy that was killed in a shrimp boat accident in mid August continue to try and cope with their painful loss. The boat was just off the Mississippi coast on a Saturday evening when the incident happened. The crew was checking the nets for their catch and the 15-year-old was operating the winch used for bringing in cables on the nets. One of the crew had just thrown out a hook to bring in a shrimp net around 9:00 that night. He said he heard the winch's cable going out and looked back to see that the boy had been caught in the cables and had been severely injured in the winch. The teen apparently suffered a fatal head injury and died immediately. Investigators are looking into the exact cause of the deadly accident but crew on the boat suspect that the boy's baggy shorts may have become caught in the winch and caused him to be pulled into it. If you were seriously injured or if you lost a loved one due to an accident on a shrimp boat or other vessel then get the help of an offshore injury lawyer as soon as possible to find out about your legal options.

The shrimping industry is a major part of Mississippi's maritime business activities. Working on a shrimp boat has many dangers and requires strict safety regulations and leaves no room for negligence. A co-worker's momentary inattention or a piece of malfunctioning machinery could result in tragedy. Don't let yourself or your family be without the backup of a highly skilled legal representative in such cases.

Offshore Injury Lawyer for Shrimp Boat Accidents

If you suspect that another's recklessness or disregard for safety resulted in your injuries or the wrongful death of a family member then you should take legal action. An offshore injury attorney on our dedicated and highly competent team at Arnold & Itkin has helped clients throughout Mississippi who were hurt in a maritime accident. An offshore injury can be the result of a fire, poorly maintained equipment, a disregard of proper procedures, an unseaworthy boat or other vessel, co-worker or employer negligence and other causes. If you are employed on a shrimp boat, fishing boat, oil rig, barge, cargo ship or work as a longshoreman or harbor worker then you should be aware of your rights under the Jones Act and general maritime law. Contact our firm today to schedule an initial consultation!

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