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Injuries on Commercial Barges, Tugboats, Fishing Vessels

Working on the Mississippi River, Ohio River and other waterways in Missouri and Illinois is strenuous work under exhausting and dangerous conditions. River workers perform their duties in all kinds of weather and for long stretches of time. Their work-related injuries, therefore, are often very serious.

Jones Act Lawyers

There was a time when river workers and other seamen and maritime workers did not receive medical care and lost wages when they were injured. In a fatal accident, families were given no benefits. Congress changed that when it passed the Jones Act in 1920. The law recognizes the special dangers faced in a maritime job.

At Gray Ritter Graham in St. Louis, our attorneys know the Jones Act well, and we represent injured workers and the families of wrongful death victims to assure they get all the benefits to which they are entitled.

  • Back injuries, crush injuries and traumatic amputations can occur with heavy equipment, lines stretched across slippery surfaces, and unpredictable and sometimes violent weather.
  • Fires on barges can cause serious burn injuries. Machinery can malfunction and injure river workers. Heavy lifting on an unstable surface can cause back injuries. Falling overboard can result in drowning. Whatever causes a commercial river worker injury, the worker and family may be entitled to Jones Act benefits.

Our Jones Act lawyers are ready to talk about your case

If you have been seriously injured or if a loved one was in a fatal accident, our Jones Act lawyers can explain your rights and assure that you are treated fairly. It costs nothing to call and ask us to review your case. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can preserve the evidence and begin our investigation.

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