Last Updated: 7/13/2020
Lawyer Comments: Offshore injury lawyer Bobby Thompson discusses the legal options available to injured longshoremen and the families of those killed in fatal offshore accidents.
A longshore worker was killed in a fall at the Port of Oakland in the early hours of Tuesday, March 31.
The accident happened between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on a freighter that was being unloaded at a port close to Berth 58. According to the authorities, the worker appeared to be trying to secure a container on the ship when he slipped and fell down to the dock and then into the water.
The Coast Guard and Oakland firefighters and police responded to the scene. Firefighters retrieved the man’s body from the water and he was declared dead at the scene. No other details about the victim have been released.
The Coast Guard and Cal-OSHA will be investigating the man’s death.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson, an offshore injury lawyer, has helped injured maritime workers and their families receive the financial compensation they deserve after a maritime accident. We’ve asked Bobby to share some info on how the families of fatal maritime injury victims can recover financial compensation:
“Dockworkers and longshoremen work in some of the most hazardous conditions. Unsurprisingly, though still regrettably, they often suffer serious and sometimes even fatal injuries while on the job. Injured workers may recover financial compensation by filing a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act,” shared Mr. Thompson.