If you are a Jones Act seaman and have suffered an injury on a tugboat, or you’ve lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, you owe it to yourself and your family to clearly understand your legal rights to compensation. A Louisiana maritime accident lawyer at Gordon, Elias, & Seely, L.L.P., will ensure that you receive the full compensation and medical benefits that you are due after a marine vessel accident.
The law office of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., helps the hardworking men and women who serve as crew on tugboats and towboats on the Mississippi River, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the ports and the inland waters of Louisiana. Whether you are a deckhand, a mate, an engineer, a tankerman, or a captain, turn to a tug boat accident attorney at Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., if you’ve suffered a serious injury.
We represent maritime workers all across the Gulf Coast. Whether you have been injured on a tug or tow boat near shore or a loved one has suffered a wrongful death, we can help if you have suffered because of someone else's negligence.
The maritime attorneys at Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., are licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas. If you have been injured in a towboat accident, a tug boat accident or an offshore accident, it’s important to make the right call when choosing an experienced Jones Act attorney to represent you.
Call 800-773-6770 or fill out the online contact form to receive a free initial consultation. Mr. Gordon, Mr. Elias or Mr. Seely will answer your questions and discuss your legal options. We take phone calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You’ll know you’ve made the right call after speaking with us.
Towboat Jones Act Attorney
Tugboats and towboats are the workhorses of the marine industry, moving barges and helping larger vessels maneuver and dock. Tugboats and towboats vary in size, design and horsepower depending on their function. Some tugs operate primarily in harbors, such as the Ports of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Harbor tugs help large ships get into and out of a berth. Some towboats and tugs push rafts of barges on inland waterways, such as the Mississippi River and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Some tugboats provide barge fleeting services or bunkering services. Other are offshore tug boats designed specifically to move heavy offshore platforms or mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs). Whereever a tugboat serves, duty on a tugboat is physically demanding and dangerous. Many serious marine vessel injuries and fatalities occur on tugboats.
If you are a Jones Act seaman and you have been injured while working on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico or the Mississippi River, you may have legal rights to compensation under the federal maritime law. After a marine vessel injury, you may be facing substantial medical bills and time off work, so it’s important to understand your legal rights. Families of maritime workers who die in preventable accidents may be entitled to compensation as well. A Jones Act lawyer at Gordon, Elias and Seely, L.L.P., will review your marine vessel accident at no charge and provide legal advice about your right to compensation.
Louisiana Towboat Injury Lawyers
Accidents in the towboat industry are alarmingly common. Many deckhands, mates, able-bodied seamen and other crew suffer head injuries, back injuries, fall injuries and loss of limbs on tugboats and tows because the marine towing industry has slashed the size of crews on vessels, creating shorthanded, exhausted mariners. Many tugboat deckhands work longer shifts, past the point of fatigue. After a serious accident, a tugboat owner or operator may be liable for not providing a well-trained and adequate-sized crew.
Serious tugboat injuries can occur as a result of accidents involving
- Falls onto the deck;
- Line handling and getting entangled in towing cables;
- Equipment failures;
- Being struck by a moving object;
- Being crushed between objects;
- Burns caused by fires and explosions;
- Falls overboard;
- Lock accidents.
Because of the frequency of serious accidents on towing vessels, the Coast Guard has proposed new regulations and safety inspections of towboats and tugboats to promote safer work practices and reduce injuries and fatalities. The inspections may focus on towboats and tugs that move commercial barges and oil tankers and provide harbor services to large ships.
Any mariner seriously injured in a tugboat or towboat accident should talk to a maritime lawyer to understand what their legal options are under the Jones Act and general maritime law.
Call Louisiana Marine Vessel Accident Lawyer
If you are a tugboat deckhand, a towboat mate or an offshore worker and have been injured in a marine-related job, you may have legal rights to compensation under federal law. It’s important to talk to a Louisiana Tugboat Injury Attorney who understands maritime workers’ rights under the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. A Louisiana maritime lawyer at Gordon, Elias and Seely, L.L.P., can help you obtain compensation after a serious injury.
Call 800-773-6770 or fill out the online contact form to receive a free initial consultation. Mr. Gordon and Mr. Elias will be glad to answer your questions.