Gangway Accidents

Get the Help You Need from an Experienced Gangway Accident Lawyer

Boarding or disembarking a ship on a gangway is often far more dangerous than it should be. From inadequate safety precautions to sudden changes in weather and sea conditions, a variety of issues can lead to sudden, unexpected, and severe gangway accidents. If you have been injured in a gangway accident, you may be entitled to compensation, and you should speak with a gangway accident attorney about your legal rights.

Even though maritime laws such as the Jones Act provide injured workers with clear legal rights, recovering compensation for a gangway accident is not easy. To protect yourself, you will need an experienced gangway accident lawyer on your side. At the Willis Law Firm, we have been representing injured maritime workers across the U.S. for decades. We know what it takes to hold employers and vessel owners accountable for workers’ injuries, and we can use our experience to help you win the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Gangway Accidents

Gangway accidents can result from a variety of different causes. While it is important to understand the cause of your accident, it isn’t necessary to prove fault in order to recover compensation under the Jones Act. Maintenance and cure benefits under the Jones Act are available to injured seamen regardless of fault. However, if it is possible to prove fault in your case (as it often will be with the help of an experienced gangway accident lawyer), then you may be entitled to recover compensation above and beyond the maintenance and cure benefits.

When you choose the Willis Law Firm to represent you, we will conduct a thorough investigation to understand the cause of your gangway accident and determine if you have a fault-based claim for additional compensation. Some examples of the issues we will investigate include:

  • Failure to properly secure the gangway
  • Failure to repair or replace gangway wires or ropes
  • Failure to take necessary safety precautions
  • Faulty gangway repairs
  • Inadequate gangway maintenance
  • Requiring workers to board vessels in rough seas or bad weather

Remember, even if your employer or the vessel owner wasn’t at fault in your gangway accident, you may still be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act. Changes in the weather, changes in currents, missteps, and even simple bad luck are all issues that can lead to gangway accidents and entitle you to maintenance and cure benefits.

Who Is Responsible for Your Accident?

In most cases, your employer or the owner of the vessel you were attempting to board or disembark will be responsible for your gangway accident. Under the Jones Act, vessel owners have an obligation to maintain their vessels in seaworthy condition, and employers are responsible for seamen’s injuries under a broad range of scenarios.

How Much Can You Recover for Your Gangway Accident?

The amount you can recover for your gangway accident depends on the specific circumstances involved. In some cases, injured seamen will be limited to collecting maintenance and cure benefits. These benefits cover the costs of treating maritime job-related injuries, and they provide a small stipend to help cover seamen’s living expenses while they are unable to work.

But, if you have a fault-based claim against your employer or the vessel owner, you may be entitled to full compensation for all of your accident-related losses. This includes not only full coverage for your medical bills and lost wages, but also compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional trauma, loss of consortium and companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life. To determine how much compensation you should seek for your gangway accident, you will need to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.

Should You Hire a Gangway Accident Attorney?

If you have been injured in a gangway accident, you have every reason to talk to a lawyer. It costs nothing out of pocket, and it costs nothing at all unless your lawyer helps you recover financial compensation. Employers and vessel owners will vigorously fight injured seamen’s claims for compensation; and, to level the playing field, you need an experienced gangway accident attorney in your corner.

At the Willis Law Firm, we are committed to helping injured seamen recover just compensation after maritime accidents. If you have a claim under the Jones Act, we can help you assert your legal rights. To speak with an experienced gangway accident lawyer about your case as soon as possible, call 800-468-4878 or request a free consultation online now.

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