Tug & Barge Crew Accidents

Working aboard tugs & barges is a physically demanding and dangerous job. Crewmembers work long hours and encounter conditions which often times put them at risk of injury and sometimes death. Injuries and deaths which most commonly occur on tugs & barges are caused by:

  • Unseaworthy decks
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Poorly maintained docks, skids, winches & cranes
  • Improper or unmaintained tools
  • Line handling accidents
  • Unspooling wire rope
  • Falling objects
  • Parting tow-mooring lines & snapbacks
  • Understaffed crew
  • Insufficiently trained co-workers
  • Inadequate railings
  • Failure to follow load plans
  • Dock collisions
  • Working excessive hours

Our firm usually finds when investigating these claims that the accidents almost always could have been avoided if the tug & barge companies had simply followed their internal safety polices, maritime safety regulations, provided sufficient and properly trained co-workers, and maintained tools and equipment in good working order. Fortunately, the law protects crewmembers and their families from the negligence of marine employers, co-workers and the unseaworthiness of the vessels they are required to work aboard.

The law entitles injured seamen to receive prompt and proper medical treatment at the employers’ expense as well as a daily living stipend. These benefits continue until a qualified doctor, not the employer or employer’s attorney, finds the injury has reached maximum medical improvement. Injured seamen are also entitled to compensation due to the accident for physical and emotional pain and suffering experienced as well as lost wages the seaman sustained in the past and will likely sustain in the future.

Families of seaman who die while working aboard tugs and barges are entitled to recover loss of support, services and guidance their loved ones would have provided. If the death occurred within state waters, the estate of the seaman is entitled to recovery pre-death pain and suffering. Each case is different and we recommend you contact an attorney experienced with tug & barge accidents to advise you of your legal rights.

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The Florida tug & barge accident attorneys of the law firm of Brais Brais Rusak have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our firm’s primary office is located in Miami, FL, although we routinely handle claims throughout the state of Florida and from satellite offices located in Houston, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts on an appointment basis. To reach our lawyers call (305) 416-2901 from within Florida, call 1-800-499-0551 from within the U.S., or click Contact Us to complete a form for a free evaluation of your case and to learn how the “AV” Preeminent, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates and Board Certified Maritime Attorneys with Brais Brais Rusak might be able to help you.

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