Injured in a Maritime Accident? Contact the Willis Law Firm for a Free Consultation
Bordered by Lake Michigan to the east, Lake Superior to the North and the Mississippi River to the west, Wisconsin is home to several important ports that provide Great Lakes access to the rest of the country through connections to railroads and inland waterways. These ports serve container ships, cargo ships, tugboats, barges, fishing boats and other commercial vessels, and they process tens of millions of short tons of cargo every year. In fact, Wisconsin’s busiest port, the Port of Duluth-Superior, serves more than 1,000 ships carrying in excess of 38 million short tons of cargo on an annual basis.
If You’ve Been Injured, Our Maritime Injury Attorney Can Help
As someone who works onboard a vessel or at one of Wisconsin’s lake or inland ports, you likely face numerous health and safety risks on a day-to-day basis. From exposure to dangerous chemicals to the dangers of sailing on an unseaworthy vessel, there are countless risks that can leave harbor workers, longshoremen, barge workers, seamen and other maritime workers suffering from serious illnesses and injuries. At the Willis Law Firm, we help injured maritime workers in Wisconsin and nationwide claim the compensation they deserve.
While most workers who get hurt on the job are entitled to claim benefits under their state workers’ compensation laws, these laws do not apply to workers in the maritime industry. Instead, federal laws such as the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (the “Longshore Act”) provide benefits to maritime employees who work both on and offshore. Pursuing compensation for a port, river or offshore injury requires extensive experience and a thorough understanding of when and how these laws apply, and at the Willis Law Firm we have decades of experience helping injured maritime workers win just compensation.
Ports in Wisconsin
All but two of Wisconsin’s ports are located along the coast of Lake Wisconsin and Lake Superior. These ports include:
- Ashland Harbor
- Port of Bayfield
- Port of Duluth-Superior
- Port of Green Bay
- Port of Kenosha
- Manitowoc Harbor
- Port of Marinette-Menominee
- Port of Milwaukee
- Port Washington Marina
- Port Wing Harbor
- Port of Racine
- Port of Sheboygan
- Port of Sturgeon Bay
- Port of Washburn
Wisconsin’s two inland ports are located on the Mississippi River:
- Port of La Crosse
- Port of Prairie Du Chien
If you have been injured in an accident on Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, the Mississippi River, or in a river or barge accident on any of Wisconsin’s inland waterways, you owe it to yourself and your family to stand up for your legal rights. To find out if you have a claim under the Jones Act, the Longshore Act or any of the other laws that protect maritime employees, contact the Willis Law Firm today.
Schedule Your Free Consultation at the Willis Law Firm
If you have suffered a maritime injury in Wisconsin, contact the Willis Law Firm for a free consultation. Licensed in New York and Texas, Jones Act lawyer David Willis represents injured maritime workers, tug operators, and barge workers nationwide. If you are ready to stand up for your rights, call 1-800-GOT HURT or contact the Willis Law Firm online today.