Injured In A Tug, Barge Or Ferry Accident?
Following an accident, workers on tugboats, barges and ferries may be able to claim compensation for their medical costs and other losses under the Jones Act. Passengers on ferries may also be able to claim compensation, but under the standard tort law provisions applying in the state where the injury occurred.
Tugboat, barge and ferry accident cases can involve complex questions of causation, liability and the amount of damages the injured person is entitled to. Whether you are a maritime worker or a passenger, you should retain the services of an experienced maritime lawyer if you have suffered injuries at work.
Injured Vessel Workers Can Receive Compensation Under The Jones Act
Many, if not all, workers on tugboats, barges, ferries, dredges, pile drivers and service vessels are covered by the Jones Act. This law provides injured workers with greater opportunities for compensation than a regular workers’ compensation claim. Under the Jones Act, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs and rehabilitation services, lost income, and pain and suffering.
At Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP, we have extensive experience and a record of success in Jones Act cases. When our law firm represents you, we will work diligently to obtain all of the maintenance and cure benefits you are entitled to receive. If the boat owner failed to maintain the vessel in a seaworthy condition, we can seek additional compensation in an unseaworthiness claim.