Injured in a Maritime Accident in California? Talk to an Experienced Attorney
Covering more than half of the West Coast of the United States and with numerous bays, ports and other inland waterways, California is a prime location for companies involved in container shipping, as well as the overseas cargo industry, crude oil transportation and other maritime operations. This means that maritime workers along the coast and inland have many opportunities to find work. Unfortunately, these opportunities are often extremely risky, leading to serious – and sometimes fatal – injuries.
At the Willis Law Firm, we represent seamen and other maritime workers in California who have suffered illnesses and injuries on the job. These often include things like: broken bones, burns, electrocution injuries, head injuries, injuries from slips and falls, neck and back injuries, and illnesses resulting from exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Regardless of your illness or injury, the Jones Act and other maritime laws may entitle you to compensation. To find out if you have a claim, contact the Willis Law Firm today.
California Ports, Bays & Terminals
The following are some of California’s busiest coastal and inland locations for tug boats, barges, cargo ships, container ships, fishing boats, oil and chemical tankers, dredges, supply boats, crew boats and other commercial vessels:
- Port of Humboldt Bay
- Port of Hueneme
- Port of Long Beach
- Port of Los Angeles
- Port of Oakland
- Port of Redwood City
- Port of Richmond
- Port of San Diego
- Port of San Francisco
- Port of Stockton
- Port of West Sacramento
California Rivers and Bays
- Sacramento River
- San Francisco Bay
- San Joaquin River
Many companies in the shipping and maritime industries have locations in Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, the San Francisco Bay Area and other locations throughout Central and Southern California.
California Cargo & Container Ship Accidents
Container ship owners and operators owe a legal duty to provide for the safety of their maritime employees. This includes not only ensuring that their container ships are properly maintained, but providing adequate safety training and equipment, staffing appropriately and taking other necessary steps as well.
If you have been injured in a California container ship accident, you may have a claim under the Jones Act. The Jones Act automatically provides for “maintenance and cure” benefits, and if your employer or a third party was negligent, you may be entitled to additional financial compensation.
California Offshore Oil Drilling Rig Accidents
The same generally holds true for other types of maritime accidents that occur while conducting limited oil and gas drilling operations along the California coast on an offshore rig, crew boat, jack-up rig or supply boat. In addition, if you were injured or became ill while working at a port, shipyard, dock or terminal, although you may not have a claim under the Jones Act, there are different maritime laws that protect you as well.
Schedule Your Free Case Review With the Willis Law Firm
The Willis Law Firm provides experienced legal representation for individuals injured in maritime accidents in California and throughout the country. Maritime accident lawyer David Willis is licensed in Texas and New York, and he has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in Jones Act and other maritime injury claims nationwide. To schedule your free case review with the Willis Law Firm, call 1-800-GOT HURT or contact us online now.