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Alabama, Jones Act

Alabama Maritime Accident? Talk to a Maritime Lawyer

Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico with more than 77,000 miles of rivers and streams, maritime shipping and trade is a major contributor to Alabama’s economy. There are numerous ports and harbors located throughout the state of Alabama, including:

  • Bevill-Hook Port
  • Port of Mobile
  • Port of Columbia
  • Crossroads of America Port
  • Port of Bridgeport
  • Barry Electric Generating Plant
  • Port of Claiborne
  • Port of Cordova
  • Port of Decatur
  • Port of Demopolis
  • Port of Epes
  • Port of Eufaula
  • Port of Florence
  • Port of Guntersville
  • Port of Montgomery
  • Port of Phoenix City
  • Pickens County Port
  • Port of Selma
  • Port of Tuscaloosa

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation ranked the Port of Mobile as the 12th largest U.S. water port in terms of tonnage. The Port of Mobile is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mobile River and provides access to nearly 15,000 miles of inland and Intracoastal waterways, including: the Alabama River, the Tombigbee River, the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway, the Black Warrior River, the Tennessee River and the Gulf of Mexico.

Common Types of Maritime Accidents

If you are employed in Alabama’s maritime industry you know just how serious a maritime accident can be. Whether you work on a tug, barge, cargo ship, fishing boat, jack-up rig, offshore oil rig, platform, dredge or other type of vessel, you are forced to deal with risky and dangerous conditions every day you are on the job. While maritime employers are under a legal duty to protect their employees and provide a safe working environment, far too many employers neglect these duties. When an employer or vessel owner fails to ensure that a work environment is safe for the crew, severe injuries are likely to result, such as:

  • Crushed limbs
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Electrocutions
  • Slip and Falls
  • Bulging & Herniated Discs
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Neck and back strains and injuries
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals and toxins

Injured in Alabama? The Willis Law Firm Can Help

If you have been injured in a maritime incident in Alabama or anywhere else in the nation, the Willis Law Firm is here to help. Federal and state laws provide important protections and legal rights to individuals who are injured in maritime accidents. The Jones Act is a federal law that provides injured seaman with the right to file a negligence lawsuit against an employer when any level of employer negligence causes or contributes to the seaman’s injuries. Under the Jones Act, an employer who is found to be negligent is required to pay the employee’s damages, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, disability and disfigurement and pain and suffering. The Jones Act also requires employers to pay injured seamen maintenance and cure benefits even if the employer was not at fault for the accident.

The Jones Act and other maritime injury laws are complex and should be handled by a qualified maritime injury lawyer. The Willis Law Firm, a Texas and New York maritime injury law firm, has more than 30 years of experience representing injured oil rig workers, seamen and other maritime workers along the Gulf Coast and across the nation.

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