Category: Tugboat Injuries

What Laws Protect Texas Tugboat Workers?

Maritime Injuries Mar 4, 2021

Texas Tugboat Accident Lawyer for Injured Seaman  Maritime work, such as work performed aboard a tugboat, is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. In fact, according to the National Institute for Occupational and Health (NIOSH), from 2011-2017, fatal injuries for maritime workers in marine ports and terminals in the United States occurred at a rate five times that of the U.S. workforce overall. Nonfatal injuries and illnesses during that same time period were nearly double that of the U.S. workforce overall.  Work performed aboard a tugboat involves the towing or tugging of large vessels which can be difficult and very dangerous. Maritime employees working aboard a tugboat often perform work that is repetitive involving the performance of physical labor for long periods of time which can lead to injuries. These maritime workers also use dangerous equipment and machinery every day that can malfunction, also causing injuries to workers.  If you or a loved one were injured or killed while performing work aboard a tugboat, a Texas tugboat accident lawyer at Willis Law Firm can help you or your loved one obtain compensation for work-related injuries. Our firm is dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured maritime workers. Accidents sustained by tugboat workers can be severe. Fortunately, there are several laws that protect maritime workers. Maritime law is a specialized area of law that protects maritime workers who are injured or killed at work. The protection and compensation available to maritime workers under these laws will depend […]


Hurt While Operating or Traveling on a Tugboat to One of Mississippi’s 16 Ports? Speak to a Mississippi Tugboat Accident Lawyer

Tugboat Injuries Oct 16, 2020

Mississippi, located in the deep south region of the United States, is bordered by Tennessee, Alabama, Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, and is primarily defined on its western border by the Mississippi River. The various waterways allow for water transportation within the state and throughout the country. In fact, Mississippi is connected to both national and global markets through its ports, waterways, and the Gulf of Mexico.  Below, our Mississippi tugboat accident lawyer highlights some of the state’s main ports, as well as some of the common causes of tugboat accidents and injuries that occur each year. Mississippi’s 16 Ports and Waterways Mississippi has 16 main ports that are on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. These ports allow for vessels, such as tugboats, to travel up and down the Mississippi River daily. The 16 ports include the following: Yellow Creek State Inland Port Port Itawamba Port of Amory City of Aberdeen Port Raymond D. Lucas Memorial Port Lowndes County Port Port of Rosedale Port of Greenville Port of Vicksburg Port of Claiborne County Port of Natchez-Adams County Yazoo County Port Port Bienville Port of Gulfport Biloxi Port Division Port of Pascagoula These busy ports offer numerous services such as barge-truck-rail unloading and loading, tugboat services, container shipping, warehousing, import and export assistance, barge fleeting, mooring assistance, and bare loading and unloading, among other services.  Mississippi also has other waterways available for water transportation such as the Gulf of Mexico and various rivers, in addition to the Mississippi River, such […]


Three Common Types of Tugboats Used in New Orleans Waterways

Tugboat Injuries Oct 9, 2020

New Orleans, a city in the southeastern region of the state of Louisiana, has both inland and coastal waterways available for vessels, such as tugboats, to travel on various work-related missions such as the Mississippi River, Port of Louisiana, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway between Mississippi and Texas.  With its many waterways, including a port, New Orleans is an economic and commercial hub for the Gulf Coast region. Tugboats are a common type of vessel used in New Orleans waterways each year.  A Louisiana tugboat accident lawyer explains the various types of tugboats commonly used, as well as common injuries sustained by individuals working on and coming into contact with a tugboat. Three Common Types of Tugboats in Louisiana A tugboat is a specialized vessel that helps maneuver other vessels (such as barges, rigs, and other boats) by towing or pushing them.  There are three main types of tugboats, including: Seagoing tugboats (also known as sea tugs) are often larger vessels that are used for deep-sea or ocean towing.  Sea tugs are designed to operate out in the sea for longer periods of time. Harbor tugboats are multipurpose vessels that are usually smaller than the seagoing tugboat and have a higher width to length ratio.  These tugs are highly maneuverable as they are used to aid other vessels in and out of ports.  A lighter tugboat is a smaller type of harbor tug that helps tow barges (also known as lightering) in and out of the harbor. River tugboats, also […]


Injured While on Arkansas’ Ports and Waterways? Our Arkansas Tugboat Accident Lawyer Can Help

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 explains below common accidents and injuries sustained by individuals working on or near an Arkansas tugboat. Accidents […]


A Brief Look at the Difference Between the Jones Act and Longshore and 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 […]


Injured on a Tugboat? Find Out Who May Be Responsible

Tugboat Injuries Jun 5, 2017

After any type of accident, identifying the party (or parties) responsible is one of the first steps toward pursuing a claim for financial compensation. With medical bills piling up and the potential for significant lost income, job-related injuries can often put maritime workers’ financial futures on the line. As a result, fighting for just compensation needs to be a top priority, and it is critical to promptly conduct a thorough investigation focused on determining who deserves to be held accountable. 1. Your Employer The first option is your employer. Under the Jones Act, if you were injured onboard a tugboat or barge, in most cases your employer will be obligated to pay you no-fault benefits known as “maintenance and cure.” Since these are no-fault benefits, your employer must pay regardless of the cause of your injury. In addition to maintenance and cure benefits (which in some cases can be less than $25 per day), the Jones Act also entitles you to seek full compensation for your injuries if the accident resulted from your employer’s negligence. The Jones Act applies a standard of “slight” negligence, which means that your employer can be held accountable if it made any mistake that played any role in causing your injuries. 2. The Tugboat’s Owner If your employer does not own the tugboat or barge on which you were injured, you may be able to seek compensation from the tugboat’s owner as well. Claims against vessel owners are not made under the Jones Act, but […]


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