Injured in a Maritime Accident in Tennessee? Willis Law Firm Can Help
With its western border on the Mississippi River, Tennessee plays a major role in our country’s shipping and water transportation economy. In fact, despite being in the middle of the country, Tennessee is home to two of the busiest ports in the entire nation.
At the Willis Law Firm, we provide experienced legal representation for longshoremen, harbor workers and other maritime workers who suffer injuries on the job. Many maritime workers face dangerous working conditions on a daily basis, and when they get hurt at work, they can find themselves suddenly unable to provide for their families.
At the Willis Law Firm, we are passionate about helping maritime workers stand up for their legal rights. If your employer or its insurance company isn’t treating you fairly, we will take them on and fight to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Tennessee’s Ports and Rivers
Tennessee is home to five major -ports that service cargo ships, container ships, barges and other commercial vessels that pick up and deliver cargo for ground and air transportation throughout the United States. These ports also service fishing boats, dredges, tug boats and other vessels that rely on access to Tennessee’s deep rivers as well. The major ports and rivers in Tennessee include:
- Port of Chattanooga
- Port of Knoxville
- Port of Memphis
- Port of Nashville
- Port of New Johnsonville
- Cumberland River
- French Broad River
- Holston River
- Mississippi River
- Tennessee River
Tennessee Barge Accidents
Barge owners and operators have a responsibility to ensure that their vessels are reasonably safe for their maritime employees. This includes keeping up with adequate maintenance, providing appropriate safety training and equipment, and ensuring that there are enough crew members onboard to operate their vessels without putting themselves in harm’s way.
When maritime workers suffer injuries in Tennessee barge accidents on inland waterways, they are often entitled to financial compensation for their losses. In many cases, this involves filing a claim under the Jones Act. The Jones Act provides limited, no-fault “maintenance and cure” benefits and allows injured seamen to file claims for full compensation against their negligent employers as well. If you are not eligible to file a claim under the Jones Act, you may be able to file a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) or another applicable state or federal law.
Tennessee River Accidents Involving Cargo Ships, Container Ships and Other Vessels
In addition to injuries on tugs and barges, maritime workers can often seek compensation for cargo ship, container ship and other Tennessee river accidents as well. These cases also generally involve claims under the Jones Act, the LHWCA and other state and federal laws.
Are You Entitled to Compensation? Speak with a Maritime Injury Lawyer Today
Jones Act lawyer David Willis is licensed in Texas and New York and has more than 30 years of experience representing injured maritime workers and their families in Tennessee and nationwide. If you are entitled to benefits under the Jones Act or another workers’ compensation law, Mr. Willis will fight vigorously to make sure you receive just compensation. To learn about your rights in a free and confidential consultation, call 1-800-GOT HURT or contact the Willis Law Firm online today.