Skilled Legal Help For Individuals Injured On Tugboats Or Barges

Tugboat Accidents

Tugboat 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 tugboats 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.

Barge Accidents

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.

At the Law Offices of Lyle C. Cavin, Jr. & Associates, in Oakland, California, we have represented 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 pre-eminent legal experts in maritime law in river and port cities nationwide.

We Offer Free Consultations And The Lowest Contingency Fees

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.

Call 510-291-4743 or 888-340-7991 to talk to one of our attorneys to have your questions answered about your legal options under U.S. maritime law. You also can contact us through our website.