Mobile River Accidents

Mobile River Accidents, Jones Act

About The Mobile River

Located in southern Alabama, the Mobile River is the nation’s sixth largest river basin. The Mobile River is formed by the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers and flows through the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta entering into the northern end of Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. A number of bridges and tunnels cross the Mobile River, including the Cochrane-Africatown USA Bridge, the 14-Mile Bridge, the General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge, the George Wallace Tunnel, and the Bankhead Tunnel.

The Port of Mobile provides direct access to inland and Intracoastal waterways that serve the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes and the Ohio and Tennessee river valleys. In addition to its public deep-water terminals, the Port of Mobile houses shipbuilding and repair companies along with private bulk terminal operators. The port accommodates heavy lift and oversized cargo with barges and other vessels transporting a wide range of products, including coal, aluminum, steel lumber, copper, wood pulp, cement and chemicals. In 2012, the United States Department of Transportation reported the Port of Mobile as being the nation’s 12th largest port by tonnage with a trade volume of 54.9 million total tons.

Barge Injury Lawyer – Mobile River Accidents

Commercial operations on the Mobile River can be dangerous. Ships, boats and barges traveling on the river can collide, fuel and other combustible materials carried on barges can ignite, and countless other types of maritime accidents and incidents can take place. When a maritime worker is injured in the course of employment on the Mobile River, the worker will generally be protected under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal law that was enacted by Congress in 1920 that provides certain benefits and legal rights to sailors and crew members who are injured while working on a ship or vessel.

Under the Jones Act injured workers who are classified as seamen are entitled to collect maintenance and cure benefits from their employers. These benefits provide a daily stipend to cover the seaman’s cost of living on land (“maintenance”) along with compensation to cover the cost of reasonable medical care related to the seaman’s injuries (“cure”). Employers are required to pay maintenance and cure benefits to the employee until he has reached “maximum medical cure,” regardless of who may be at fault for the worker’s injuries.

Oftentimes employers will try to avoid their legal responsibilities by refusing to pay maintenance and cure benefits and/or trying to get the employee to return to work before he has recovered from his injuries. In these situations our firm can intervene to help ensure that you get the full financial compensation and medical care you are entitled to under the law.

When a seaman is injured in a river accident the seaman may have legal rights beyond receiving maintenance and cure benefits. Depending upon the specifics of the accident, the seaman may be able to pursue a negligence claim against the employer. Additionally, if the company that owns the ship or vessel is different from the employer, the seaman may have the right to sue the vessel owner. Claims against vessel owners are known as unseaworthiness actions and typically arise when the vessel owner fails to ensure that the vessel and its equipment are in safe and proper working order.

Speak with an Attorney at the Willis Law Firm

If you have suffered an injury in an accident on a ship, towboat, tug, barge, or any other type of vessel on the Mobile River it is important to talk with an attorney immediately. Your lawyer will answer your questions and make certain that you are taking the right actions to protect your legal rights. Jones Act and General Maritime Law claims can be extremely complicated so you need to make sure that you have the right attorney on your side. Contact our firm today to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced maritime injury lawyer.

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