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—lends itself to a high risk of injury. If you were injured working on a tugboat, you deserve to be compensated for your injury.
Many of these injuries can be prevented through proper training and safety techniques. The lack of implementation of such measures usually denotes negligence on the part of the tug company. An experienced maritime injury attorney in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska can examine your tugboat injury claim to determine if negligence or unseaworthiness was involved and then help you bring a maritime civil case.
Attorneys for Tugboat Injuries in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska
The maritime injury lawyers of BoatLaw, LLP in Bellingham, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco 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, as 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 maritime injury attorneys of BoatLaw, LLP today. Your first consultation on how to begin 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
Tugboat Injuries and Causes
Tugs operated by negligent companies or manned by negligent workers increase the risk for injury. Injuries on tugs are often the result of failure to implement safety measures, but there are a number of other causes. Some of the more common accidents resulting in injury on tugboats include:
- Toxic fume inhalation
- Parting of tow lines
- Working with heavy lines and shackles
- Slip and fall or trip and fall on slippery and/or crowded decks
- Falls from ladders
- Falls overboard
- Gangway accidents
- Tow winch failure or other equipment failure
- Crushing and/or squeezing accidents
- Crew fatigue and/or inadequate crew
- Crew negligence
These are serious accidents that result in serious injuries that can completely disable a tugboat crewmember. When negligence or unseaworthiness is the cause of an accident, an experienced maritime injury attorney can help you seek maximum damages for your injury. Some of the injuries seen in crewmembers due to negligence of the tug company or fellow workers include:
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
- Amputation of fingers or toes
- Back injury
- Head injury
- Neck injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Hypothermia or drowning
Recoverable Damages from Tugboat Injuries in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska
Injuries that occur due to the negligence of the tugboat company or its crewmembers are covered under the Jones Act, which provides civil recompense for seaman injured as a result of employer negligence. If you have suffered a tugboat injury due to negligence, you may be able to pursue the following damages in addition to your required maintenance and cure payments:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Vocational retraining cost
- Pain and suffering
- General damages
BoatLaw, LLP | Maritime Injury Attorneys for Tug Employees
If you have been injured aboard a tugboat, don’t accept just your maintenance and cure and a small settlement. An experienced maritime injury attorney can review your payments and determine if you are receiving fair compensation or if a civil case should be pursued. The maritime injury attorneys of BoatLaw, LLP have personal experience with the tug industry and will fight for maximum recoverable damages in your tugboat injury case. With offices in Seattle, Bellingham, Portland, and San Francisco, our attorneys represent injured seaman from all over the west coast. For your free consultation, call BoatLaw, LLP today at 1 (800) 262-8529.