New York-Licensed Attorney for Injured Maritime Workers
New York’s port district, called the Port of New York and New Jersey, is home to the busiest commercial terminals on the East Coast. Each year, the port district handles millions of cargo containers with contents valued in excess of $200 billion. This accounts for nearly 30 percent of all maritime traffic on the entire eastern seaboard of the United States.
Unfortunately, with so much volume and round-the-clock traffic, maritime workers are often pushed to the brink to do their jobs. This leads many seamen, longshoremen, and others working on New York’s coast, rivers and inland waterways to suffer serious injuries.
At the Willis Law Firm, we have over 30 years of experience fighting for injured maritime workers and their families. The Jones Act and other state and federal laws provide special protections for maritime workers, and we are committed to using these laws to help our clients obtain financial compensation for their losses.
New York’s Ports, Terminals, Rivers and Canal System
The Port of New York and New Jersey has terminals on both sides of the Hudson River. The terminals on the New York side include:
- Brooklyn-Port Authority Marine Terminal
- Howland Hook Marine Terminal
- Red Hook Container Terminal
These terminals are all located on or near the Upper Bay, at the confluence of the Hudson and East Rivers. New York is also home to the Port of Albany-Rensselaer, which is located further north on the Hudson River.
Upstate New York has a 524-mile navigable inland canal system that connects the Hudson River with several lakes via the Niagara River. These lakes include:
- Cayuga Lake
- Lake Champlain
- Lake Erie
- Lake Ontario
- Seneca Lake
The New York Canal System also includes the following lakes and canals:
- Cayuga-Seneca Canal
- Champlain Canal
- Cross Lake
- Erie Canal
- Oneida Lake
- Onondaga Lake
- Oswego Canal
The New York Canal System is maintained by the New York State Canal Corporation, which is a subsidiary of the New York State Thruway Authority.
As an Injured Maritime Worker, You Have Legal Rights
If you were injured while working on a tug boat, barge, cargo ship, fishing boat, container ship, dredge or other commercial vessel in New York, you have important legal rights that entitle you to financial compensation. The same is true if you work at a shipyard, dock, or terminal onshore. At the Willis Law Firm, we help all victims of New York barge accidents and other New York river accidents use their rights to secure the compensation they deserve.
Get Help From a New York Maritime Injury Lawyer
While your employer and its insurance company may act like they are on your side, the reality is that most companies want to settle their employees’ injury claims for as little money as possible. Your employer may even try to prevent you from seeing your own doctor. At the Willis Law Firm, we can make sure that these companies don’t take advantage of you.