Injured in a Maritime Accident? Contact Our Jones Act Lawyer for a Free Consultation
With hundreds of miles of Atlantic coastline and multiple access points to the Intracoastal Waterway, South Carolina is an important part of our country’s water-based transport and shipping economy. In addition, the abundant natural resources both within South Carolina’s borders and off of its coast lead many shrimp boats, fishing boats and other commercial vessels to call this state home.
Unfortunately, while the companies that rely on South Carolina’s ports and waterways prosper, many of their employees suffer from serious work-related illnesses and injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tug or barge accident or any maritime accident in South Carolina, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation. At the Willis Law Firm, our maritime injury lawyers represent South Carolina residents in claims under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and other laws, and we can make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a river accident, barge accident, or other maritime accident in South Carolina, it is important to stand up for your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act or General Maritime Laws, but you need to act quickly to protect your claim. At the Willis Law Firm, we will conduct a thorough investigation and develop a comprehensive case strategy to ensure that you are able to seek maximum compensation, and we will handle the entire process for you so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
What to Do after a South Carolina Maritime Accident
Workplace accidents and injuries are all too common in the maritime industry. Individuals who work on ships, boats, rigs, and other types of vessels and offshore structures can suffer serious and life-changing injuries when a maritime accident occurs.
If you are a maritime worker who has been seriously hurt on the job you are probably confused and wondering what you should do. While you may have heard of the Jones Act and other maritime laws, this is not the time to try to go it alone. There is too much at risk – your injuries could keep you off of work for a long time and depending upon how your recovery goes you may never be able to return to your prior job. Even though your employer may claim that they will take care of you, you should not count on your company doing what is best for you. You need to consult with an experienced South Carolina maritime injury lawyer who will give you the support and information you need to deal with a difficult situation
When you are a maritime worker who has been hurt on the job there are several important actions you should take to help protect and preserve your legal rights:
File an Accident Report and Identify Witnesses
If you have been involved in a workplace accident you need to file an accident report with your employer as quickly as possible. It is very important to document that the event happened. You should also try to get contact information from as many people as possible who witnessed your accident. These co-workers and other individuals may be needed to provide important information and testimony in support of your claim.
Talk with a South Carolina Jones Act Attorney
When you are injured on the job you should talk with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. While you may be worried that your employer will find out, you should not wait to contact a South Carolina Jones Act attorney. Our firm offers free initial consultations and we will keep everything you share with us in strict confidence, even if you decide not to hire us. The laws governing maritime injury claims are confusing. A skilled lawyer can carefully navigate the legal system to get you the full financial relief and benefits you are legally entitled to. It is also important to recognize that strict legal deadlines apply in these types of cases so you need to work with an attorney who will take the appropriate steps to preserve your legal claims.
Never Provide Any Statements or Testimony Without Talking to Your Attorney First
If you have been seriously hurt at work it is paramount to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. In most situations when a worker is injured on the job, maritime employers and their investigators will insist that the worker provide a statement or testimony about the accident. You should never provide any sworn, recorded or written statements or testimony without speaking with your South Carolina maritime accident attorney first. Your company and the investigators are hoping that you will make a mistake and say something that they can use against you to show that they are not responsible for your injuries.
South Carolina’s Ports and Waterways
Each year, container ships, cargo ships, barges, and other commercial vessels carry millions of containers and millions of tons of non-containerized cargo into and out of South Carolina’s coastal ports, while South Carolina’s rivers provide access to inland ports throughout the United States as well. We are available to represent seamen, terminal workers, barge workers, tugboat operators, dock workers, and other maritime employees who have been injured while working on land or onboard vessels in the following locations:
South Carolina Ports
The Port of Charleston is the busiest port in South Carolina, and ranks 34th on the list of the largest ports (by cargo volume) in the United States. The terminals of the Port of Charleston and other ports in South Carolina (many of which are managed by the South Carolina Ports Authority) include:
- Columbus Street Terminal
- Cruise Terminal (in Charleston, SC)
- High K. Leatherman, St. Terminal
- North Charleston Terminal
- Port of Georgetown
- Port of Port Royal
- Union Pier Terminal
- SC Inland Port (SCIP)
- Veterans Terminal
- Wando Welch Terminal
South Carolina Waterways
- Atlantic Ocean
- Charleston Harbor
- Ashley River
- Cooper River
- Harbor River
- Wando River
- Intracoastal Waterway
Speak with an Experienced South Carolina Jones Act Lawyer about Your Maritime Accident Today
To find out if you are entitled to recover your medical expenses, lost wages and other losses, call the Willis Law Firm for a free, confidential consultation. Attorney David Willis represents injured maritime workers throughout the United States. Don’t give up your right to compensation. Call 1-800-GOT HURT or contact us online today.