Injured in a Maritime Accident in Oregon? Contact a Jones Act Lawyer Today
With hundreds of miles of coastline and more than half of its border with Washington along the Columbia River, Oregon is home to a number of key seaports in the Pacific Northwest region. Oregon’s ports receive approximately five percent of the country’s imported passenger vehicles, and they send shipments to Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, and other countries throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America.
For many maritime workers on the Columbia River and along the Oregon coast, lack of safety precautions, poorly-maintained vessels, poor weather conditions, and other factors converge to create dangerous working conditions that often lead to serious injuries. At the Willis Law Firm, we represent injured offshore workers, fishermen, maritime workers and their families who are in need of just compensation.
Depending on what you do, where you work, and the company you work for, you could be entitled to compensation under a number of different state and federal laws. One of these laws is the Jones Act. The Jones Act provides for automatic “maintenance and cure” benefits, plus the possibility for additional compensation, for workers who are injured onboard vessels in navigable waters. If you are not eligible for compensation under the Jones Act, we will explore your other options for securing the compensation you deserve.
Oregon’s Ports and the Columbia River
The largest port in Oregon is the Port of Portland. The Port of Portland ranks 27th on the list of the largest ports (by cargo volume) in the United States. The Port of Portland serves container ships, cargo ships, barges and other commercial vessels that transport more than 23 million short tons of cargo on an annual basis.
Other ports in Oregon include:
- Port of Arlington
- Port of Astoria
- Port of Brookings Harbor
- Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
- Gold Beach Harbor
- Port of Morrow
- Port of Newport
- Port of St. Helens
- Port of the Dalles
- Port of Umatilla
About the Columbia River
The Columbia River is part of the Columbia Snake River system. Along with the Columbia River, the system includes 355 miles of barge channel, which alone transport 10 million tons of cargo each year. Through the Columbia Snake River system, Oregon’s ports service ships carrying cargo to or from 42 other states across the country, and serve as major export gateways for companies nationwide.
Seek the Compensation You Deserve
A maritime accident doesn’t have to ruin your life. If you were injured while working at one of Oregon’s ports or onboard a container ship, barge, tanker ship, dredge, fishing boat, or other vessel, the Willis Law Firm can help you fight for just compensation. This could include money for your medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other losses. Whether you were injured in a barge accident, river accident or maritime accident off of the Oregon coast, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation about your legal rights.
Schedule Your Free Consultation at the Willis Law Firm Today
To find out if you are entitled to compensation for a maritime injury accident in Oregon, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your case. Maritime injury attorney David Willis is licensed in Texas and New York, and represents Jones Act seamen and maritime injury victims nationwide. Call 1-800-GOT HURT or contact the Willis Law Firm online to speak with an experienced maritime attorney today.