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Accidents On Inland Waters Lawyers

Alabama Marine Accident Lawyers Representing Victims of Boating Accidents


At the Alabama law firm of Johnstone Carroll, LLC, our lawyers provide knowledgeable representation after an accident, illness or injury sidelines seamen working on inland waters. If you work on a barge, casino boat, push boat, tugboat, paddle-wheeler tour boat or any other type of vessel on the inland waterways of Alabama, you may be entitled to maritime legal remedies under the Jones Act, maintenance and cure, and the warranty of seaworthiness if you are injured or become sick. This law provides for compensation for pain and suffering if the vessel owner is negligent, and for maintenance and cure, whether or not the vessel owner is negligent.

Navigable Rivers

There are many navigable waterways in Alabama and the southeastern part of the United States. Alabama examples include the Tennessee River, Black Warrior River, Tombigbee River, Alabama River, Chattahoochee River, and the Mobile River. It also contains numerous ports at places like Huntsville, Florence, Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Demopolis, Selma, and Guntersville. If you are injured while working as a seaman in one of these places, your claim for compensation may be a maritime claim.

Law Firm Seeking Maximum Compensation For Injured Seamen

At Johnstone Carroll, LLC, our lawyers help injured seamen who sustained injury or contracted an illness while working on one of the navigable waterways of Alabama and elsewhere in the southeastern United States. We make sure they obtain all the compensation to which they are entitled under the Jones Act and other applicable laws and doctrines. Examples of compensation available include pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and other costs associated with an injury.

Eligibility Rules For Seamen Under The Jones Act

To be eligible for compensation under the Jones Act, a seaman on a vessel in navigable waters must contribute to the mission of the vessel in some way. In addition, the vessel must be capable of operating. Even if the boat, barge or paddle wheeler is tied at the dock or preparing to sail, if it can operate under its own steam, seamen on board are eligible for Jones Act benefits. They are also eligible for maintenance and cure under maritime law. Our attorneys work hard to make sure that an injured or ill seaman working on inland waters (sometimes called brown water seamen) receive all the compensation available under the Jones Act and maritime law.

Examples Of Injuries And Accidents On Inland Waterways

Injuries on vessels on inland waterways often involve slip and falls on oily surfaces that should have been kept clean. Poorly maintained safety equipment, broken or weak ladders, and railings, and unsecured cargo and tools also cause many injuries. When a riverboat captain is incapacitated, inattentive or unable to perform the navigation duties required and causes injury as a result, injured crew members could be eligible for full compensation under the Jones Act. The law also covers drowning and other fatal accidents.

Contact Our Maritime Injury Lawyers

With offices in Homewood, Alabama, lawyers Inge Johnstone and Matt Carroll help clients with claims from seamen injured while working on inland waterways. Our firm handles these types of claims in the Birmingham area, throughout Alabama and beyond. Call 205-383-1809 or contact us by email to arrange a free initial consultation with our Birmingham attorneys.


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