Compensation in All River Worker Injury Claims
Our lawyers represent anyone who has been hurt in any way while working
in the river industry.
We handle claims involving:
- Ship collision injuries
- Sinking vessel injuries or drownings
- Ship explosion and fire injuries
- Cargo loading or unloading injuries
- Fall and falling objects injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Occupational illnesses
- Toxic exposures
- Lifting injuries
- Injuries due to broken wires, lines and other faulty equipment
- Injuries getting on and off vessels
- Injuries getting to and from vessels
We frequently serve victims of head injuries, back injuries, broken bones,
burn injuries. and other serious river work-related injuries. We also
represent families of drowning victims and other river workers who lost
their lives on the job.
What Benefits Are Injured River Workers Entitled To?
River workers who work near or on the water, but not on a boat, are protected
by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA
pays out workers’ compensation benefits if a worker is injured. The main difference between the LHWCA and traditional
workers’ compensation is the benefits are slightly better. An injured
longshoreman receives 66.66 percent of his or her pay from the LHWCA,
while other workers’ comp benefits usually pay only about 60 percent.
The LHWCA also provides coverage for workers that suffer from permanent
Employees that work on vessels are usually considered seamen. Seamen spend
most of their time working on ships that are considered navigable. A navigable
vessel can be out on the river or just in operation. The Jones Act allows
provides protection for injured maritime workers. Under the act, a seaman
can sue an employer for damages related to negligence. To prove your case,
you must show your employer committed negligence that caused your injury.
Maritime law also provides protection against unseaworthy vessels. An unseaworthy
vessel is any ship that is unsafe or provides unsafe conditions to work
in. In this case, an injured worker does not need to prove negligence.
You must only show the vessel’s conditions were dangerous for the
employee. If your employer was not negligent in your injury, you can still
pursue compensation. You can apply for maintenance and cure. Your employer
must provide money to pay for your room and board, as well as your medical
expenses until you get well. Injured river workers have a variety of benefits
available for their recovery. An experienced maritime attorney can explain
the options and help ensure you get what you need to heal.
Free Consultations for Injured River Workers
Our law firm handles river injury claims on a contingency fee basis, so
you do not have to worry about the cost of hiring an experienced attorney.
You will not be required to pay any fee unless we get you compensation.
Furthermore, you can reach out to us and discuss your case for free to
find out more about what we can do for you.
Call our Paducah river work injury attorneys for representation at
(270) 778-0020 today.