Inland Waterway Injuries – Rivers, Canals and Lakes
The Jones Act and general maritime laws not only protect workers who are injured at sea, they also provide legal remedies and compensation for workers who are injured while working on barges, tugboats and other vessels operating on rivers, canals, lakes and other navigable inland waterways. Under the Jones Act, a member of a crew who is hurt while working in an inland waterway is entitled to collect benefits for lost wages, medical treatment and other expenses. The worker and his or her family may also be able to collect compensation beyond what is offered by the Jones Act under general maritime laws.
For example, a tankerman who was injured in a fall or lifting accident, exposed to toxic chemicals such as benzene or asbestos, or harmed by a defective piece of equipment may be entitled to collect certain benefits from his employer under the Jones Act. He may also be able to file a lawsuit under general maritime laws against any third party responsible for his injuries who is not his employer.
We Can Help You Understand the Law and Protect Your Rights
The Jones Act and general maritime laws are difficult to navigate on your own and it can be challenging to determine which laws and legal remedies apply to your specific situation. An experienced maritime attorney can help you understand all of the rights and remedies available to you under these laws and guide you through the legal process. Our firm will fully investigate the facts of your case and will fight to recover fair and just compensation for your injuries.
The Willis Law Firm has over 40 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured maritime workers. Our firm represents individuals who have been injured offshore and on inland waterways throughout the United States. Whether your accident took place on the Mississippi River, offshore in the Gulf of Mexico or North Pacific, one of the Great Lakes, or on the Intracoastal Waterway, our firm is here to help. We understand the complex nature of maritime laws and we aggressively pursue full compensation for our clients. We also know that employers and other parties responsible for maritime injuries often deny responsibility and try to limit or completely avoid compensating injured workers. We fight vigorously to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact an Experienced Maritime and River & Inland Waterway Injury Attorney
If you have been injured while working on an inland waterway, the Willis Law Firm is here to help. You can schedule a free, confidential consultation with The Willis Law Firm by calling 1-800-468-4878. An experienced maritime lawyer will discuss your accident and outline your legal options. You can also learn more about the rights of workers who are injured on a barge or other vessel operating on river or other inland waterway by reviewing the information on the following pages of our website: