Our thoughts and prayers are with an injured crew member who was recently involved in an accident aboard a bulk carrier may soon be in need of an offshore injury lawyer as soon as possible to determine his rights. The seaman, a 24-year-old Filipino, sustained a right leg compound fracture and a head injury after falling nearly 20 feet into a cargo hold aboard the Majorca vessel near the East Coast of South Africa.
The Majorca, which was sailing from Brazil to Singapore, alerted all appropriate rescue and government channels and reportedly changed course en route to Durban, South Africa, so the injured worker could obtain proper medical care.
The victim was provided medical attention while on board the vessel, but given the nature of his severe injuries, he required treatment beyond that which the Majorca’s onboard medical staff could provide – another issue our firm has discussed numerous times. Maritime vessels often lack sophisticated medical facilities and as a result, many who are injured suffer life-threatening consequences because they are unable to obtain the fast and complex medical care they require immediately following their accident.