If you or a family member or friend is a crew member on a towboat or barge, you understand how dangerous the jobs are and that you or your family member or friend is subject to serious injury while working on the inland rivers and waterways —injuries that could take away you or a family member or friends livelihood or permanently diminish the quality of life.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, around 4,000 barges operate in the U.S. OSHA reports that between 1997 and 2006, 305 employees were killed on barge/tow combination vessels and 379 explosions and fires occurred on barges or tow boats.
If you are a crew member on a barge, you are protected under maritime law and the Jones Act. These laws are different from those that regulate car accidents and other types of personal injury cases. Maritime accident lawsuits will often take place in federal, rather than state, courts.
We represent towboat and barge workers in all types of Jones Act cases and have a deep understanding of maritime personal injury law. If you have been injured in a waterway accident, contact our office to learn more about your legal options.