Were You Injured in a Maritime Accident? Call a Jones Act Lawyer for Help
Virginia, the first state to welcome foreign ships to its shores, is today home to one of the busiest seaports – the Port of Norfolk in Hampton Roads – in the United States. All together, Virginia’s Tidewater region hosts six ports, while the James, York and Potomac Rivers provide container ships and other commercial vessels with access to various inland ports via the Chesapeake Bay.
Seamen and other maritime workers at these ports and onboard container ships, cargo ships, barges and other commercial vessels face many health and safety risks on a daily basis. These risks commonly lead to dangerous accidents, including:
- Crane and lifting accidents
- Anchor, winch and cabling accidents
- Deck tool and machinery accidents
- Drowning and near-drowning accidents
- Electrical shocks
- Fires and explosions
- Mooring accidents
- Slips and falls
- Toxic chemical exposure
The Jones Act and other laws provide special protections for maritime and offshore workers. If you suffered injuries in an accident offshore Virginia or on a river, bay or port in Virginia, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At the Willis Law Firm, we help injured workers and their families seek just compensation for river, barge and other maritime accidents.
The Port of Norfolk, Virginia’s Busiest Seaport
Located in Hampton Roads, the Port of Norfolk (also known as Norfolk International Terminals) ranks sixth in the nation in terms of annual cargo volume. It is the largest port managed by the Port of Virginia, with thousands of trucks transporting tons of imported cargo and containers for export on a daily basis.
Other Ports in Virginia
Other ports in Virginia include:
- Port of Alexandria
- Port Cape Charles
- Port of Chesapeake
- Port of Hopewell
- Newport News Marine Terminal
- Port of Piney Point
- Portsmouth Marine Terminal
- Richmond Marine Terminal (formerly known as the Port of Richmond)
- Port of Yorktown
- Virginia Inland Port
- Virginia International Gateway
In addition, the Port of Virginia is currently planning a new facility at Craney Island, which will be capable of handling increased container volume and larger vessels in international trade.
Your Rights After a Maritime Injury
As an injured maritime worker, you have rights not available to individuals working in other industries. The Jones Act provides seamen with automatic “maintenance and cure” benefits, while also allowing them to file negligence-based claims against their employers in order to seek full compensation for their injuries. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act protects maritime workers who do not qualify as “seamen,” including longshoremen, dock workers and terminal workers. Other statutes provide similar protections to other workers as well.
Unfortunately, many employers fight their employees’ claims for compensation. Attorney David Willis can fight to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Talk to Maritime Attorney David Willis About Your Accident
If you would like more information about seeking compensation for maritime injuries in Virginia, we invite you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation about your case. Maritime attorney David Willis is licensed in New York and Texas, and represents injured workers throughout Virginia and nationwide. To schedule your free consultation, call 1-800-GOT HURT or contact us online today.