Missouri River Accidents

Missouri River Accidents, Jones Act

About The Missouri River

Formed by the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin rivers in the Rocky mountain region of southwestern Montana, the Missouri River stretches approximately 2, 341 miles. The Missouri river is the second longest river in North America and the fifteenth longest river in the world. The river travels seven states: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. Chief cities along the river include, Bismarck and Williston, ND, Pierre, SD, Council Bluffs, IA, Omaha and Nebraska City, NE, Atchison and Leavenworth, KS and Kansas City, Columbia and St. Charles, MO.

More than 95 significant tributaries feed into the Missouri River. Some of the longest tributaries of the Missouri River include the Platte, Kansas, Milk, James, and Yellowstone Rivers. Ports, terminals and harbors along the river include:

  • Howard/Cooper County Port in Boonville, MO
  • Port of Kansas City in Kansas City, MO
  • Port of St. Joseph in St. Joseph, MO
  • Port of Metropolitan St. Louis – St. Louis, MO
  • Southeast Missouri Port Terminal (SEMO) – Scott City, MO
  • New Madrid County Port Terminal – New Madrid, MO

River Accident Lawyer – Accidents on the Missouri River

If you are a crew member, engineer, officer or other maritime worker who has been injured in an accident on the Missouri River, you should discuss your case with an experienced maritime attorney. These types of cases can be very complicated so you need to be certain that your lawyer is familiar with the specific laws and procedures that apply to your river accident claim.

The Willis Law Firm has over thirty years of experience handling all types of maritime injury cases for seamen injured while working on tugs, barges, cargo ships, tankers, fishing vessels, towboats, and push boats. We know how the maritime industry operates and we are prepared to hold employers and other companies responsible for maritime-related accidents. Our law firm understands what our clients are going through and we are committed to helping them get the financial compensation they need to confront the serious challenges they are facing.

When you meet with our firm we will carefully review your accident to determine all legal avenues that may be available to you. In most cases, when a maritime employee is injured while working on a river, the worker will be able to bring a legal claim under the Jones Act. The injured worker may also have additional legal claims against the owner of the vessel and certain third parties companies responsible for the accident, including product manufacturers, suppliers and maintenance and repair companies.

Under the Jones Act, if your employer’s negligence contributed to your accident, you will have the right to file a negligence lawsuit against your employer to collect damages for your injuries. It is important to understand that even if your employer was not negligent, you are still entitled to collect maintenance and cure benefits from your employer. Maintenance and cure benefits are an absolute right when a seaman is hurt or becomes ill on the job. This means that your employer is required to provide you with these benefits regardless of who may be at fault for your accident.

Do Not Delay – Contact The Willis Law Firm Today

When you are injured in a river accident or any other type of maritime incident, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. There are strict legal deadlines that apply to these types of cases and if you miss a deadline you may be precluded from filing your claim. Schedule your appointment today by calling 1-800-468-4878 or completing our firm’s online contact form.

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