Workers Compensation Attorney for Injured Shipyard Workers in Virginia


Shipyard and dock workers have a high rate of injury. This is because of the nature of their work. Manufacturing, repairing, and maintaining ships exposes employees to many hazards, including:


  • Chemicals (asbestos, cleaning solvents, fuel, paint, welding fumes)
  • Physical Stress (heavy lifting, climbing, loud noise, high temperatures, cold water, dangerous tools)
  • Safety risks (working at heights and in confined spaces, being around heavy equipment)


Shipyards and shoreside employers must provide safe working conditions, safety training, and safety equipment. But this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes employers are negligent and fail to provide a safe work environment. Other times employers do the right thing, but shipyard accidents still happen or a vessel or third party acts negligently and causes injury to maritime employees. A skilled and experienced Virginia maritime injury attorney can investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and take the appropriate legal action to make sure you receive fair compensation.


Shipyard Accident Attorney for Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, and Virginia Beach


Having represented hundreds of maritime and personal injury victims, we have the experience, knowledge, and resources to help you get a favorable resolution. If you have been injured in a shipyard or on a dock while constructing a barge, shipbreaking a vessel, repairing a ship, or building a boat, you may have several legal options to help you obtain compensation from your employer, the negligent vessel owner, or the negligent third party.


Maritime injury lawyer and workers compensation attorney Corey Pollard is ready to fight for you. To schedule a free consultation and to get started on the path to the best resolution, call or email us today.


Common Causes of Shipyard and Dock Injuries in Virginia


Are you a crane operator, dockworker, harbor worker, longshoreman, shipbreaker, shipbuilder, or stevedore? Then you face numerous workplace hazards each day. Loading and unloading cargo and equipment, handling and working with toxic materials, working in confined spaces and awkward positions – these are just some of the activities that increase your risk of injury. Though many employers institute standard safety procedures, these are often not enough to prevent an accident. Here are some of the most common causes of Maryland and Virginia shoreside injuries:


  • Crane accidents
  • Drowning
  • Dry dock accidents
  • Explosions
  • Exposure to asbestos, welding fumes, paints, and solvents
  • Falls from heights
  • Fire
  • Forklift accidents
  • Heavy lifting
  • Hypothermia
  • Improperly installed electrical wiring
  • Ladder accidents
  • Rotting and loose wood on shore
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Trip and fall accidents
  • Working in a confined space on a poorly maintained vessel


Common Shipyard and Dock Injuries in Virginia


Shipyard and dock workers are exposed to many of the same risks as other workers we represent, plus many other hazards unique to their employment. In fact employees in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry are injured at a much higher rate than that of other construction workers. Here are common injuries they suffer:


  • Amputation
  • Asbestosis
  • Back injury
  • Bone fractures
  • Burns
  • Crush injury
  • Electrocution
  • Eye injury and vision loss
  • Head injury
  • Mesothelioma
  • Neck injury
  • Ruptured eardrum
  • Spine injury
  • Traumatic brain injury


Many, but not all, of these injuries are preventable through appropriate safety measures. But employees are often at the mercy of their maritime employers and third parties to provide and follow through with these safety procedures. A breakdown in safety may cause you serious maritime injury. But experienced Newport News shipyard accident attorney Corey Pollard can develop a strategy that provides maximum compensation through workers’ comp and the civil litigation process.


Damages Available for Shipyard Injuries


Maritime law is complex. The best route depends on the type of maritime injury you suffer. Many longshoremen, harbor workers, and dock workers are entitled to benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). This is a federal workers compensation law that covers maritime accidents. Other maritime workers – such as those who work on barges, floating cranes, and tub goats, may qualify as seamen under the Jones Act and receive additional damages.


In addition to claims under the LHWCA and the Jones Act, you may also sue a negligent vessel owner or third-party martime company in a civil suit. Consult with an experienced Norfolk maritime injury lawyer to determine what type of case to bring and what compensation you may be owed. Depending on the facts of your maritime injury, you may be entitled to the following damages as a shipyard and dock worker:


  • Workers compensation benefits through the LHWCA
  • Permanent disability
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills – past, present, and future
  • Education
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Wage loss
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • And others


Corey Pollard | Workers Compensation and Maritime Injury Lawyer for Shipyard Accidents and Dock Workers


If you work at a dock or in a shipyard and sustained injury while building, restoring, repairing, inspecting, or maintaining a boat, military vessel, cruise ship, cargo ship, yacht, or any other ship – you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. But receiving compensation through maritime law is complicated. You shouldn’t go it alone!


Call or e-mail Virginia maritime injury attorney Corey Pollard to schedule a free consultation. We represent shipyard and dock workers in Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Baltimore, Annapolis, Salisbury, and elsewhere in Virginia and Maryland, including those employed by or at: BAE Systems Ship Repair; Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock; Chesapeake Shipbuilding; Maryland Dry Dock; John Trumpy & Sons; and, Colonna’s Shipyard.