People who work aboard tugs are constantly subject to unique hazards in many diverse circumstances. The nature of the work – pulling or pushing around barges, disabled ships, rafts, and platforms twice as large in size or bigger – simply lends itself to higher risk for injury, whether you are a crewmember thrown against a bulkhead in a tug and barge collision in Alaska or a deckhand whose hand is crushed by a hatch cover during a voyage across the Atlantic.
Many of these injuries can be prevented through proper training and safety techniques, and the lack of implementation of such measures usually denotes negligence on part of the tug company. An experienced maritime injury attorney in Washington can examine your tug boat injury claim to determine if negligence or unseaworthiness was involved and then help you bring a maritime civil case.
The maritime injury lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Bellingham, Portland, and Seattle have decades of experience handling injury cases like yours. David B. Anderson is able to relate on a personal level to the intricacies involved in the tug industry due to the fact that he once owned and managed his own tug and barge company in Puget Sound. He understands the special risks involved when these powerful boats are required to propel and manipulate larger vessels.
If you have been injured in an accident on a tug, odds are that there was unseaworthy equipment or some form of negligence on the tug company's part, contact David B. Anderson and the Oregon maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski. Your first consultation on how to beginning fighting for the civil justice and compensation you deserve is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule yours.
Tugboat Accident Information Center
On tugs operated by negligent companies or manned by negligent workers, the risk for injury is very high. Injuries on tugs are often the result of a failure to implement safety measures. Additionally, according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics for the period of 1991-2001, nonfatal injuries on tugboats increase when visibility is poor and fatal accidents or accidents with missing crewmembers are more common when capsizing or fire occurs, or when the accident is on a lake. Some of the more common accidents resulting in injury on tugboats include:
These are serious accidents that result in serious injuries that can completely disable a tugboat crewmember or officer temporarily or even permanently. When negligence or unseaworthiness is the cause, an experienced Portland maritime injury attorney can help you seek maximum damages. Some of the injuries seen in crewmembers and officers on tugboats due to negligence of the tug company or crew include:
Injuries occurring due to the negligence of the tug boat company or its crewmembers are covered under the Jones Act, which provides civil recompense for Washington, Oregon, and another seaman when injured as a result of unseaworthiness or other employer negligence. If you have suffered a tug boat injury due to negligence, you could pursue the following damages with a Seattle maritime injury lawyer in addition to your required maintenance and cure payments:
Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski | Maritime Injury Attorney for Tug Employees
Don't just accept your maintenance and cure and a small settlement if you have been injured aboard a tugboat. An experienced Portland maritime injury attorney can review your payments and determine if you are receiving fair compensation or if a maritime civil case should be pursued. The maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski have personal experience with the tug industry and will fight for maximum recoverable damages in your tug boat injury case in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Puget Sound, or Inside Passage. For your free consultation, call Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski today at 1 (800) 262-8529.
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