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Tugboat & Barge Crew Accident Attorney

Tug towing a barge

Our tug and barge accident attorneys exclusively represent employees who were injured while working. This line of work is physically demanding and dangerous. Crew members work long hours and encounter conditions which often times put them at risk of injuries and sometimes death. Injuries and deaths which most commonly occur on tugs and 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

When an accident occurs, tug and barge companies contact their insurers who appoint lawyers to look after the interest of the employers and the insurance company. It is very important that if you were injured, or a loved one lost his or her life, in a tug and barge accident to contact experienced maritime lawyers to work on your behalf.

Experienced Tug & Barge Accident Lawyers

Our tug and barge accident attorneys have represented several workers who were injured on the job. When investigating these type of claims, we often find that our clients’ accidents almost always could have been avoided if the tug and barge companies had simply followed their internal safety policies, maritime safety regulations, provided sufficient and properly trained co-workers, and maintained tools and equipment in good working order. Fortunately, the law protects crew members 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 recover 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.

Contact the Firm for a Free Evaluation

The Florida tug and barge accident attorneys of the law firm at Brais Law Firm have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skills 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. To reach our lawyers call 305-416-2901 from within Florida, call 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 Law Firm might be able to help you.

Client Reviews
After my accident I contacted them right away. I was able to see them the same day and was kept in contact throughout the process. Everyone in the office was very accommodating, polite and professional. I highly recommend Brais Law and think very highly of their lead attorneys. They helped me WIN my case, and I am forever grateful. They went above and beyond to assist me. Thank you all so very much. H.S.
The entire law firm of Brais Law were extremely helpful in handling my snorkeling accident. The firm takes customer service to a new level, not only being readily available, but courteous, respectful, sympathetic, and empathetic. The firm, especially Keith and Karla, were always quick to return calls, offer updates, and provide guidance and information. There is no comparison when it comes to firms. If you need legal advice or representation, especially concerning maritime events, contact Keith and his crew first and save yourself a lot of time and heartache! J.C.
I was looking to refer a client injured on a cruise ship and had the pleasure of speaking to Keith. Keith was extremely helpful and he took time out of his day to provide some guidance. If you're looking for a Admiralty & Maritime /Personal Injury Lawyer in Florida, I would highly recommend Brais Law Firm! T.C.