Spud Barge Injury Lawyer
Spud barges, or jack up barges, are used for a wide range of purposes in offshore, inland and coastal construction jobs. These vessels provide a stable work platform that can accommodate cranes and other heavy equipment needed to support marine construction operations. Maritime workers on spud barges are involved in many activities ranging from dredging, pile driving and pipeline hookups to heavy equipment lifting and the construction of bridges and piers.
Working on a spud barge or jack-up barge can be a very hazardous job. Accidents and injuries occur every day on these types of vessels due to a wide variety of dangerous conditions, including:
- Overworked and/or unsupervised crew members
- Lack of proper lighting
- Rough waters and hazardous weather conditions
- Slippery conditions on decks, stairs and ladders
- Debris on decks and platforms
- Improper and/or malfunctioning equipment
- Negligent or dangerous operation of the crane
- Lack of appropriate warning signs
- Reckless and negligent actions of crew members and officers
- Improperly trained and/or inexperienced crew members
Understanding Your Legal Rights
If you are a worker who has been hurt on a spud barge or jack up barge, your injuries are likely to be serious. You may be suffering tremendous pain and suffering that prevents you from returning to work for a long period of time. You may also be incurring substantial medical bills necessary to properly treat your injuries. It is important to understand your legal rights so that you can collect the full benefits that you are entitled to under the law.
The Willis Law Firm represents seamen throughout the nation who have been injured in spud barge and other maritime accidents. Workers who are injured on these types of vessels are typically classified as “seamen” and are therefore able to recover compensation and damages under the Jones Act. If you are a Jones Act seaman who has been injured on a spud barge, you will be entitled to collect maintenance and cure benefits from your employer. Maintenance benefits are designed to cover the seaman’s cost of living on land and cure benefits help reimburse injured seaman for the reasonable costs associated with treating their injuries or illnesses.
Depending upon the specific facts of your case, you may also be able to hold other parties legally responsible for your injuries. Under General Maritime Law, you may be able to file a suit against the owner of the barge if your injuries were caused by “unseaworthy” conditions. You may also be able to file a negligence suit against third party companies, such as crane operators, manufacturers and suppliers, if these companies were responsible for the accident.
Contact a Maritime Lawyer Today
If you are a seaman who has been injured on a spud barge, jack up barge, or any other type of vessel, it is important to consult with a lawyer who has experience handling maritime accident and injury claims. The Willis Law Firm works with clients and their families throughout all stages of the legal process. We are dedicated professionals committed to helping our clients obtain all of the financial compensation they are entitled to receive under the law. Contact us today for a free case evaluation at 1-800-468-4878.