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Tennessee-Tombigbee (Tenn-Tom) Waterway Accident Attorneys

Maritime Lawyers Handling Injuries Sustained While Working The Tenn-Tom Waterway

Alabama is home to several important inland waterways. One of these, the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway (known as the Tenn-Tom), is one of the most active systems in the United States. It carries thousands of tons of cargo and serves as an outlet for the Mississippi and Ohio rivers’ commercial navigation systems. This significant shipping activity is a source of economic prosperity and jobs for the region. However, working on the Tenn-Tom also carries with it the risk of worker injury and death. Shipping and barge company employees are exposed to a wide range of conditions that can result in on-the-job accidents.

Seamen Injured On The Job May Be Eligible For Compensation

Federal laws make seamen and other workers eligible for compensation for injuries sustained while working on inland waterways such as the Tenn-Tom. However, obtaining the full amount for which an injured seaman is eligible can often be a challenge. Having a knowledgeable and experienced maritime law attorney can make the difference between obtaining a token amount of compensation and receiving the maximum benefit for which an injured worker is eligible.

Attorneys Helping Injured Seamen

At the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Johnstone Carroll, LLC, our maritime law attorneys help seamen and other workers who were injured while aboard barges and other commercials vessels on inland waterways. Our goal is to help these injured seamen navigate the various laws that allow them to seek compensation after an injury-causing accident. Attorneys Inge Johnstone and Matthew Carroll are highly knowledgeable about the Jones Act and other laws governing compensation for injured seamen. They put that knowledge to good use, working hard to get maximum compensation for their injured clients.

About The Tenn-Tom Waterway

The man-made Tenn-Tom waterway is 234 miles long, with 10 locks and 17 public ports and terminals. It runs from the Tennessee River to the junction of the Black Warrior-Tombigbee River system near Demopolis, Alabama, and then to Mobile, AL and the Gulf. Along the way, it passes by Mississippi cities such as Fulton, Smithville, Amory, and Aberdeen, and Alabama communities such as Carrolton, Epes, Pickensville, Aliceville, and Gainesville. Coal and timber products are the most commonly carried cargoes on the Tenn-Tom Waterway.

Accidents And Injuries Among Workers on The Tenn-Tom Waterway

Barges, dredges, tugboats, and towboats are the most common vessels on the Tenn-Tom. Seamen working on these vessels are vulnerable to injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Fractures
  • Paralysis (paraplegia and quadriplegia)
  • Burns
  • Amputated limbs, fingers and toes
  • Drowning

Injuries such as these are the result of slip and falls; explosions and fires; collisions with other vessels, docks and bridges; falling or swinging cargo; weak or broken ladders, steps, and railings; improperly maintained tools and equipment; and incapacitated crew members or captains. Whatever the cause of your injury, it is important to find out about eligibility for compensation under the Jones Act and other legal remedies.

Contact A Maritime Attorney Who Understands Inland Waterway Accidents on the Tenn-Tom

If you were injured while working on a barge, dredge, or towboat on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, find out about your rights and eligibility for compensation. Call the Birmingham-area lawyers of Johnstone Carroll, LLC at 205-509-1226 or use the contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. Our offices are conveniently located right off of Highway 31 in Homewood, AL and ample free parking is available. Consultation hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening and weekend appointments available on request.


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