Maritime Accident Remedies
Experienced Maritime Law Attorneys Helping Workers Injured on Vessels Throughout The United States
When workers on vessels on the navigable waters of the United States are injured in accidents while on the job, they have at least three basic ways to obtain compensation for their injuries and assistance while they are unable to work. The exact method for obtaining compensation depends on the type of ship or boat they are working on and where the accident took place. Moreover, some situations could be covered by more than one remedy. Only a knowledgeable maritime lawyer can identify the best course of action when handling a maritime accident case.
Johnstone Carroll LLC, For Maritime Accidents and Injuries
At Birmingham-area law firm of Johnstone Carroll, LLC, our lawyers handle all types of maritime injury cases.
We represent the following:
- crew boat operators
- oil rig crews
- tug boat workers
- cruise ship passengers
We represent clients injured while working on the many navigable rivers of Alabama and on oil platforms and ships in the Gulf of Mexico. We also represent dockworkers and stevedores who load and unload ships. Attorney F. Inge Johnstone grew up in Mobile in a family involved in the shipping industry and has a special affinity for all people who work on or near the water.
Three Major Remedies Available To Injured Maritime Workers
How our attorneys build your cases depends on where you were working and the type of vessel where you worked. Depending on your unique situation, you may have one of several remedies:
Traditional Maritime Remedies: If you work on a tugboat, push boat, barge, crew boat, supply ship, freighter or other vessel at sea or on the inland waterways of the United States, you may be entitled to traditional maritime remedies such as the Jones Act, the warranty of seaworthiness and maintenance and cure. Under the Jones Act, an employer must provide a reasonably safe place to work. A seaman will have a negligence claim under the Act if the employer breaches this duty. Under the warranty of seaworthiness, a vessel owner has an absolute duty to provide a seaworthy vessel. This remedy does not require that you show negligence. If you are injured because of insufficient training, weak railings, inadequate lighting, or defective safety equipment, or other similar safety problems, the employer or vessel owner could be liable under the Jones Act or the warranty of seaworthiness. This may include a claim for compensation for pain and suffering. You should also be eligible to receive “maintenance and cure,” compensation that pays medical expenses until you are able to return to work, even if the vessel owner was not found negligent.
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act: This law covers port workers such as dockworkers, stevedores, crane operators and other harbor workers. Unlike the Jones Act, this law does not require the owner to be negligent in order to pay injured workers needed compensation. Included in the compensation available are disability payments, medical expenses, vocational rehabilitation benefits and, in the case of death, benefits to surviving spouse and dependents.
Offshore Drilling Injuries: Workers on offshore drilling rigs perform extremely dangerous work. Workers on rigs could be covered by a patchwork of complicated laws, including the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the Jones Act, and the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act.
Knowing which law or laws are applicable requires experience and knowledge. The lawyers at Johnstone Carroll, LLC have both.
Contact Our Maritime Injury Attorneys Today!
With offices in Homewood, Alabama, lawyers F. Inge Johnstone and Matt Carroll help clients with maritime injury claims in the Birmingham area and throughout Alabama and across the United States. Call 205-383- 1809 or contact us by email to arrange a free initial consultation with our Birmingham attorneys today.