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Black Warrior River Accident Attorneys

Birmingham, Alabama Maritime Lawyers For Seamen Who Suffered Injuries On The Black Warrior River

The Black Warrior River is one of the most important navigable waterways in Alabama. It connects Birmingham and Tuscaloosa with Mobile and the Gulf of Mexico. Barges and other vessels carry coal, iron ore, and steel down the Black Warrior River to Demopolis, where the river joins with the Tombigbee River and continues the journey to Mobile and the Gulf.

The Black Warrior River has contributed significantly to the Alabama economy since the 1880s, when the United States began developing locks and dams along the river that made the waterway navigable along its entire course. However, this contribution has come at a cost. Working on a barge, towboat, or dredge can be hazardous, and many seamen working on the Black Warrior River have been injured or killed over the years.

Compensation May Be Available For Injured Seamen And Other Inland Waterway Workers

Because of federal laws such as the Jones Act, workers like those on Black Warrior River barges and tugboats may be eligible for compensation if they are injured. However, being eligible and actually receiving full compensation are very different. A maritime lawyer who understands the Jones Act and other laws related to injuries on inland waterways can help those injured obtain the maximum compensation available.

Our Maritime Lawyers Can Help

At the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Johnstone Carroll, LLC, our lawyers help injured seamen and other maritime workers on barges and other commercials vessels on the inland waterways of Alabama. We make sure that they understand their rights and legal options under laws such as the Jones Act after an injury-causing accident. Lawyers Inge Johnstone and Matt Carroll obtain the maximum compensation available to their injured clients.

About The Black Warrior River

The Black Warrior River is 178 miles long, with 17 locks and dams. It runs from west of Birmingham to the Tombigbee River north of Demopolis and then to Mobile and the Gulf of Mexico. It goes through Tuscaloosa, Eutaw, Knoxville, and Northport. The river is regarded as a prime fishing territory. Because of significant sedimentation, the river must be dredged frequently to maintain its status as a navigable waterway. For the same reason, barges and other vessels can run aground and become stuck on sand bars.

Injuries And Accidents On The Black Warrior River

Running aground can cause injuries to crewmembers. Depending on the speed at which a tow hits a sandbar or other obstacle, injuries could be either minor or severe. Other causes of accidents and injuries along the river include:

  • Slip and falls
  • Explosions
  • Fires
  • Collisions with other vessels
  • Hitting bridge abutments
  • Hitting docks and other structures
  • Dropped cargo
  • Cargo hitting crewmembers while swinging from cranes
  • Weak or broken ladders, steps, and stairs
  • Missing or damaged railings
  • Improperly maintained tools and equipment
  • Captain or crew under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Circumstances such as these can result in head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, nerve damage, broken bones, burns, amputations, and drowning. Some of these accidents may leave the injured person unable to work for many months or years.

Contact Our Lawyers Who Understand Maritime Accidents on the Black Warrior River

If you were injured while working on a barge, dredge, or towboat on the Black Warrior River, find out about your eligibility for compensation. Call the Birmingham-area attorneys of Johnstone Carroll, LLC, at 205-509-1226 or use the contact form to request a free initial consultation. Our offices are conveniently located right off of Highway 31 in Homewood, Alabama and free parking is available. We offer consultations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments may also be available.


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