Injured on a Port, Dock or Terminal?
Ports, docks and terminals can be dangerous places. Every day employees, passengers and other individuals across the nation suffer traumatic injuries in these kinds of environments. When serious accidents occur, victims have the right to seek financial recovery from all parties responsible for their injuries.
The Willis Law Firm is committed to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured in all types of maritime accidents. We represent clients coast-to-coast who are suffering painful and often life-altering injuries. Our firm has decades of experience helping workers and other individuals who have been harmed in all types of maritime accidents, including:
- Drydock Accidents
- Loading Accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Marine Terminal Accidents
- Ship Salvage Accidents
- Shipbreaking Accidents
- Shipyard Accidents
- Top or Side Handler Accidents
Our Firm Can Explain Your Rights and the Law
If you are a worker or passenger who has been injured in a port, dock or terminal accident, you have the legal right to collect damages for your injuries. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may be able to seek compensation under a number of different laws and legal theories governing accidents that take place on or near the water. These laws may include:
The Jones Act – The Jones Act is a federal statute that allows seamen who are injured on the job to sue their employers and vessel operators for negligence damages.
- Unseaworthiness – Under general maritime law, ship owners have an absolute duty to provide a safe and seaworthy vessel. If a vessel is inadequate or unsuitable for its intended use (i.e., not in proper and safe working order) and a seaman is injured, the seaman has the right seek damages from the vessel owner under the doctrine of unseaworthiness.
- Maintenance and Cure – Seamen who are injured or become ill while in the service of a ship or vessel have the right to receive maintenance (daily living allowance) and cure (payments for medical treatments) from their employer.
- Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act – Longshoremen, harbor workers and other individuals who work on ports, docks and terminals are protected under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA is a workers’ compensation program that provides certain benefits and compensation to these types of employees.
- Third Party Lawsuits – Workers and other individuals who are injured by another worker or company, defective product or piece of equipment have the right to file a negligence suit against third party companies, such general contractors, subcontractors, as product manufacturers and suppliers, who are responsible for their injuries.
Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Admiralty Lawyer
When an employee is injured on a port, dock or terminal, it can be difficult to determine which laws apply to the case. The Willis Law Firm has decades of experience representing workers and other individuals who have been injured in all types of maritime accidents, including accidents that have occurred on ports, docks and terminals. If you have been injured in an admiralty-related accident, a maritime lawyer at our firm can help you navigate the legal system and secure the compensation you need to deal with your injuries. Call our firm today at 1-800-468-4878 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.