Barge Injury Lawyer
Working on a barge on a river, lake or canal is a dangerous and risky occupation. The deckhands, captains, engineers and other crew members who work on barges and tugs are exposed to all types of hazardous conditions. These workers often suffer critical injuries, including bone fractures, falls, back injuries, head trauma and even death when a barge accident occurs.
Even though a barge may be inherently dangerous, the companies that and own and maintain these barges have a legal duty to keep maritime employees safe from harm. Every year thousands of maritime workers are injured when companies fail to take appropriate steps to protect their employees. Countless unsafe conditions, ranging from slippery decks and worn out stairs and ladders to inadequately trained crews and lack of proper equipment can cause tug and barge employees to suffer painful injuries.
Additionally, if a barge breaks free from a string under tow and runs into another vessel, the injuries can be severe, if not deadly as can a barge being towed or pushed in bad weather conditions including during ice storms and during heavy fogs. Tug and barge accidents with stationary objects, bridges and other vessels is a constant threat to the lives and safety of the tug and barge workers
The Law Provides Important Legal Protections
If you are maritime worker who has been injured while working on any type of barge, you may be entitled to collect legal relief under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal statute that protects seamen who are injured in maritime accidents involving barges, tug boats, jackup rigs, towboats, push boats, and other types of marine structures and vessels. When a worker is hurt in a barge accident, legal claims are often pursued under the Jones Act. The Act requires employers to provide specific benefits to injured seamen. These benefits are known as “maintenance and cure” payments and the injured employee is entitled to collect these benefits regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Employers must pay these benefits to the injured worker until he or she has reached “maximum medical cure” – the point at which the worker will not get any better even if additional medical care is provided.
Depending upon the circumstances of your accident, you may also have the right to file a negligence lawsuit against your employer, the owner of the barge or tug operator, and possibly even third party companies such as product manufactures who may be responsible for your injuries. If you are successful, you will be entitled to collect legal damages for your injuries, including past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of future earning capacity, past and future medical expenses and disability and disfigurement.
A Barge Accident and Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one is hurt in a barge-related incident, it is wise to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident has occurred. If you wait too long to take legal action or make a mistake in the process, you could lose your right to collect compensation.
The Willis Law Firm is here to guide you through the legal process. We have decades of experience helping seamen and other maritime employees recover compensation and benefits under maritime laws. Members of our staff are fluent in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and we are here to serve you 24/7. Call 1-800-468-4878 to schedule your free, confidential consultation with an experienced maritime injury lawyer today.