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Injured on ‘Ports & Waterways? Arkansas Tugboat Accident Lawyer Helps

Tugboat Injuries Oct 2, 2020

Although Arkansas is mostly landlocked by other states, some people may be surprised to know that various waterways are available for vessels such as tugboats to complete a variety of maritime-related jobs and assignments. In Arkansas, popular waterways that are used for shipments of cargo and river transportation include the Port of Little Rock, the Port of Pine Bluff, and various Arkansas river terminals. The Port of Little Rock provides a central location and encompasses thousands of acres of industrial property, employs several thousand people, and maintains its own railroad. This bustling port is busy with maritime activity each day.   Located at the Port of Pine Bluff is a 375-acre harbor industrial district with a terminal facility developed by the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Port Authority, which provides access to low-cost water transportation services.   Arkansas also has various river terminals easily accessible for water transportation services, such as tugboat services, at the following locations: Arkansas City Dardanelle Dumas/Pendleton Linwood Morrilton North Little Rock Pine Bluff Van Buren Tugboats Are Commonly Used in Arkansas Waterways Tugboats are a popular vessel used in many Arkansas waterways that help maneuver other vessels by towing or pushing them. Although they are often used to move other vessels, operating a tugboat that is towing another large vessel is often a dangerous maneuver that sometimes causes accidents and injuries to tugboat workers, passengers, and bystanders. An Arkansas tugboat accident lawyer will fight for compensation for the common accidents and injuries sustained by individuals working on or near […]

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Difference Between the Jones Act & Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

Tugboat Injuries Sep 21, 2020

Contact Our Arkansas Tugboat Injury Lawyer to Find Out How These Laws May Impact Your Claim Accidents that occur on or near the navigable waters are governed by a unique set of federal laws, and, in some states, special state maritime laws. Maritime workers who perform work on and off vessels near navigable waters may be covered under either the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).  The Jones Act and LHWCA are complex federal laws that provide compensation to various maritime workers who are injured from the work they performed aboard a vessel (such as a barge) or in loading, unloading, or repairing a vessel offshore.  The Jones Act The Jones Act provides compensation for certain maritime workers.  Specifically, the Jones Act covers crew members, also known as “seamen.”  It is not required for a vessel’s employee to aid in the vessel’s actual navigation to be considered a seaman.  The employee must be doing work on the ship and contribute to the vessel’s function or the accomplishment of the vessel’s mission.  The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) The LHWCA is a federal law that also provides protection in the form of compensation to employees injured on the job that occur on or near the navigable waters.  This act may provide compensation to workers in the form of payment for medical care, rehabilitation services, and survivor benefits to dependents of injured workers who are killed from their maritime work.  Workers covered by the LHWCA […]

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