New Jersey Maritime Accident? Talk to Our Jones Act Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a maritime accident on an inland river, bay or port in New Jersey, or along the Jersey shore or in the Atlantic Ocean, there are state and federal laws that may entitle you to significant financial compensation. Workers on board cargo ships, barges, tug boats, fishing boats, dredges, and other commercial vessels face risks every day – risks that often lead to serious and life-threatening injuries. At the Willis Law Firm, we help these workers fight for the benefits and compensation they deserve.
New Jersey Ports on the Hudson and Delaware Rivers
With approximately 130 miles of Atlantic coastline and numerous rivers and inland waterways that serve as important commercial transit routes, New Jersey has a bustling maritime economy. At the center of New Jersey’s maritime industry is the Port of New York and New Jersey, which is the busiest port on the entire East Coast and the third-largest in the nation. The facilities that make up the New Jersey portion of the Port of New York and New Jersey include:
- Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal
- Port Jersey Port Authority Marine Terminal
- Port Newark
These crucial seaports are located on the Hudson River. To the south, the Port of Camden on the Delaware River is home to the Balzano Marine Terminal, the Broadway Terminal and the Salem Terminal managed by the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC). The SJPC is also responsible for the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, the first major new port to be constructed on the Delaware River in half a century.
Common Maritime Accidents in New Jersey
With so much commercial activity on its rivers and along its coast, New Jersey unfortunately sees far too many maritime accidents each year. Some of the most common types of maritime accidents include:
- Confinement in enclosed spaces resulting in toxic chemical exposure
- Crane and lifting accidents
- Anchor, winch and cabling accidents
- Deck tool and machinery accidents
- Drowning and near-drowning accidents
- Electrical shocks
- Equipment and machinery fires and explosions
- Mooring accidents
- Slips and falls (including falls from heights)
If you have been injured in a New Jersey tug or barge accident or any other type of New Jersey maritime accident, we encourage you to contact us immediately to discuss your case.
The Jones Act and Other Laws May Entitle You to Financial Compensation
Due to the risks inherent in working onboard ships and at ports, shipyards, docks and terminals, there are numerous laws that provide special protections for maritime workers. Perhaps the most well-known of these laws is the Jones Act. The Jones Act does two things: (i) it provides automatic “maintenance and cure” benefits for injured seamen; and, (ii) it entitles injured seamen to seek full compensation when their employer or someone else is to blame for their injuries.
For longshoremen and other maritime workers who do not qualify as “seamen” under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and other statutes may provide similar opportunities to secure just compensation.
Discuss Your Maritime Injury with an Experienced Attorney Today
At the Willis Law Firm, we are committed to protecting the rights of injured maritime workers in New Jersey and nationwide. Attorney David Willis is licensed to practice in New York and Texas, and he has been representing clients in Jones Act and other maritime law cases for more than 40 years. To find out if you are entitled to compensation for your maritime injury, call the Willis Law Firm at 1-800-GOT HURT or request a free case review online today.