California Barge Accident Lawyers · Maritime Tug Boat Accident Attorney
Under U.S. maritime law, the Jones Act gives workers who work on any type of commercial vessel on U.S. waterways the right to sue for damages after suffering an injury on the job. Families may also appeal to the Jones Act to recover compensation if a loved one is killed in the act of performing his or her duties on board a commercial vessel. These legal protections include workers injured or killed while working onboard or dockside on commercial barges. The vessel owner is responsible for providing full medical care, maintenance and cure and pain and suffering if it is shown that safety regulations have been ignored or violated.
Barge accidents are governed under federal admiralty law. If you were injured while working on a barge or on a dock loading barge cargo, you are entitled to seek compensation by filing a suit for damages under U.S. maritime laws. Talk to an experienced maritime law attorney before you discuss a settlement with your employer.
Tug Boat Accidents
Tug boat workers face some of the most dangerous working conditions on our U.S. harbors and waterways. The tight space on deck, the heavy lines and the need to navigate these small tugs in close proximity to the largest cargo vessels in the world are a dangerous mix. Every year, many tug and pilot boat operators and workers are injured in accidents.
Because tug boats operate on coastal, harbor and inland waterways, workers onboard and on the docks are protected by U.S. maritime law under provisions of the Jones Act. Workers injured in accidents while working their trade are eligible to seek compensation for medical care, maintenance and cure, and financial damages resulting from their injuries. In the event of a death, families of the worker may file a wrongful death claim for damages.
The Law Offices of Lyle C. Cavin, Jr. & Associates in Oakland, California, has been successfully representing injured barge workers and other professional water workers since 1970. Navigating a successful lawsuit in federal court requires an in-depth understanding of the special procedures and expectations of mediators and judges. Most personal injury litigation firms only rarely handle Jones Act claims, particularly in inland river cities. Our firm works with preeminent legal experts in maritime law in river and port cities nationwide.
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Talk to one of our Oakland barge worker injury attorneys to have your questions answered about your legal options under U.S. maritime law. Contact us to arrange a free case evaluation. We handle all Jones Act barge injury claims on a contingency-fee basis. You pay attorneys' fees as a percentage of the settlement or jury award. The percentage we take as contingency fee for a mediated settlement or jury award is among the lowest in the region.