Were you or someone you love seriously injured due to a ship or barge accident? Do you have a loved one who died due to a barge accident? Were you badly hurt from a slip and fall accident during dangerous at sea work? If you answered yes to any of these then you should seek the assistance of a ship or barge accident attorney.
If you were in a cargo ship or tanker accident you may be entitled to compensation under a specific type of US Maritime law called the Jones Act (also known as the Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act). The owner of the vessel may be responsible for providing immediate and full medical care, lost wages, the covering of ongoing medical bills, and compensation for both emotional and physical trauma and hardships. A professional Maritime Attorney can also help the injured identify if safety regulations have been ignored or violated.
Maritime workers on barges or ships often have to do heavy loading or unloading of cargo via manual lifting or cranes. Other maritime workers may work on an oil platform or oil rig, that consists of a floating barge stuck to the sea floor through legs. This kind of barge is used for crude oil extraction.
Tug boat working conditions are some of the most hazardous on US harbors and waters. Tug boat workers are in charge of managing their small vessels against some of the largest cargo ships. Tugboat workers are required to direct these large vessels with heavy towing lines from their little tug boat decks. This small, tight environment requires a lot of skill and leads to many tug related accidents every year.
As all of these vessels operate on harbor, coastal and inland waterway no matter what kind of maritime occupation you have, workers are protected by US Maritime Law. If you were injured working on a barge, a ship or loading cargo from the dock, you may be entitled to compensation under US Maritime law via The Jones Act (also known as the Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act).
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