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Commercial fishermen face unique threats

Off the coast of Florida, you aren't going to find the cast of "Deadliest Catch" or similar crab fisherman on large vessels. The grueling work depicted in that show -- where groups of fishermen brave frigid temperatures, battering waves, and other incredibly dangerous conditions -- is not a common sight off the coast of Florida. However, we aren't trying to dismiss the difficult work that commercial fisherman perform around Florida.

There are plenty of vessels and jobs that put people in dangerous situations, and it doesn't require you to be a crab fisherman in Alaska. The winches on a vessel could easily do tremendous damage to a fisherman's hands. The deck of the vessel could be slippery, leading to a worker slipping, falling, and suffering terrible injuries. The fishing nets that a commercial fishing vessel uses could cause terrible harm to an unsuspecting workers if they aren't properly used.

We haven't even mentioned the possibility of inadequate training, overworked employees, improper machine operation, or faulty or otherwise dangerous equipment aboard a vessel. All of these factors can lead to someone working in the commercial fishing industry suffering a catastrophic or even fatal injury at sea.

When these accidents happen, the victim or his or her loved ones will be put in a difficult position. They will need to consider their legal options, and they may benefit from having an experienced admiralty and maritime lawyer on their side. At The Law Offices of John W. Merting we can help commercial fishermen in the wake of an accident that changes their lives.

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