Hire an Experienced Jones Act Lawyer for Your Maritime Injury Claim
The Port of Savannah is the largest facility of its kind in North America and ranks 23rd in the nation in terms of annual cargo volume. Each year, the port processes more than 30 million short tons of containers and non-containerized cargo, including pharmaceuticals, electronics, passenger vehicles, tractors, and countless other components and commodities.
Georgia is home to several other ports as well, and the state’s rivers serve as gateways for cargo destined for inland ports around the country. As a result, Georgia’s ports are critical to our country’s economy, and its maritime workers are critical to water-based shipping and transportation on its inland waterways and shores.
Unfortunately, many tug and barge operators, shipping companies and other businesses do not treat their maritime workers with the respect they deserve. Many workers suffer serious illnesses and injuries because their employers have sidestepped important health and safety measures, and many struggle to collect the benefits they are rightfully owed because their employers stand in the way. At the Willis Law Firm, we are committed to helping injured and sick maritime workers in Georgia. If you are entitled to compensation, we will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Georgia’s Ports and Waterways
Georgia’s four main ports are managed by the Georgia Ports Authority. These are:
- Port of Bainbridge
- Port of Brunswick
- Port of Columbus
- Port of Savannah
The Port of Savannah and Port of Brunswick are deepwater ports along Georgia’s coast. The Port of Savannah is set slightly inland on the Savannah River, and the Port of Brunswick is located on the Fancy Bluff Creek at the tip of St. Simons Sound.
The Port of Bainbridge and Port of Columbus are inland ports. The Port of Bainbridge is on the Flint River, which runs northeast from Lake Seminole on the Florida border toward Albany. The Port of Columbus is located further inland on the Chattahoochee River at the Alabama border.
The Jones Act and Other Laws May Entitle You to Compensation
While most employees are entitled to “no-fault” benefits under state workers’ compensation laws, maritime workers are not protected by these statutes. Instead, they must seek similar benefits under federal laws such as the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. These laws are complicated, and with your employer and its insurance company fighting against you, you need an experienced maritime injury attorney on your side.
At the Willis Law Firm, we are dedicated to representing maritime workers who have been injured on the job. We are intimately familiar with the laws that protect you, and we know how to win cases involving river, barge, offshore drilling rigs, jack-up rigs, oil drilling platforms and other maritime accidents. Don’t let your employer stand in the way of protecting your legal rights. Get the help you need from the Willis Law Firm today.
Schedule a Free Consultation about Your Georgia Maritime Injury
To find out if you are entitled to compensation for your maritime injury and to get the help you need to secure maximum compensation for your losses, contact the Willis Law Firm for a free, confidential consultation. Call 1-800-GOT HURT or contact us online to speak with maritime accident lawyer David Willis today. David Willis is licensed in New York and Texas, and represents injured maritime workers in Georgia and nationwide.