Port of South Louisiana: Largest Tonnage Port in the South Dangers

Barge Injuries Sep 14, 2020

About the Port of South Louisiana

The Port of South Louisiana extends along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, centering at the Port’s headquarters at LaPlace, Louisiana. This busy port is especially critical for grain shipments from the Midwest. Additionally, according to the Port of South Louisiana, this port is the largest tonnage port district in America and the western hemisphere. It is the premier gateway for export and import traffic in the United States. 

Additionally, this bustling port, along with Louisiana’s other ports, including the Port of New Orleans and the Port of Baton Rouge, is important for the nation’s economy. These three ports each rank high in total trade by port as compared to all world ports. Thousands of vessels carrying large amounts of tonnage pass through these ports each year. With such high maritime traffic coming in and out of these ports each year, unfortunately, severe injuries to maritime workers, tourists, and even local residents are inevitable. 

Read below for information on common injuries sustained by port workers, travelers, and the legal remedies available to compensate victims for such injuries. 

Common Maritime Accidents and Injuries Sustained in Louisiana Ports

Common examples of maritime accidents, such as from boats, barges, or other watercraft, that may occur in Louisiana ports include but are not limited to: collisions with other vessels, fires, slips and falls from wet surfaces, and equipment malfunctions. Injuries sustained from these types of accidents can cause serious injuries such as:

  • Drowning
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord damage or paralysis
  • Amputated limbs
  • Herniated discs
  • Death

Injured parties may recover for a variety of different damages such as compensation for medical bills, lost wages, cost of rehabilitation, economic loss, and pain and suffering. 

A Louisiana Barge Accident Lawyer Can Help You Obtain Compensation for Your Maritime Injuries 

Suppose you are injured in a barge accident that occurred in the Port of Louisiana or one of Louisiana’s other ports. In that instance, an experienced Louisiana barge accident lawyer can evaluate your case to determine if your maritime injuries may entitle you to compensation. There are specific laws that apply to cases involving maritime injuries, such as the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). A Louisiana barge accident lawyer can help advise you on which laws apply and help you obtain the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained from a barge or other watercraft in a Louisiana port. 

The Willis Law Firm assists workers and their families who suffer from maritime-related injuries. Do you have questions about maritime law and the remedies available for yourself or a loved one injured in or near a Louisiana port?  If so, give us a call at 1-800-468-4878 email us through our online webform.

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