(EMAILWIRE.COM, July 15, 2008 ) Barge accidents can cause severe damage, destruction and injury. Barge accidents often occur when barges are accidentally freed from their tugboats and stream along without guidance, crashing into other boats, bridges and structures.
Employees aboard barges may also be injured in the course of barge crashes or simply though their course of employment at sea. When a barge employee is injured on the job, the Jones Act mandates ensuing lawsuits. The Jones Act is a law that covers all maritime/sea-based employees, and allows such employees to recover for injuries sustained through employer negligence.
A recent Jones Act lawsuit was filed by a barge employee against his employer, Bo-Mac Contractors, for injuries he sustained through work duties. The employee was a diver aboard the barge and claims to have suffered serious heart and lung injuries through diving instructions. The employee is further asserting that he has suffered great physical and mental pain, suffering and anguish and claims such injuries will continue to deteriorate the quality of his life for years to come.
The employer, Bo-Mac, is denying any liability in saying they provided safe work premises and were not negligent in any manner.
For the employee to prevail on this Jones Act lawsuit, the employee will ultimately have to prove his employer breached the duty of keeping employees safe, which directly caused injury-as in any negligence claim. Jones Act claims differ from regular workers compensation claims through the necessity of proving negligence to establish fault. Jones Act claims require thorough investigation and attention to detail; meaning, it is greatly to your benefit to choose an attorney who has previously handled such claims successfully. You can visit www.injuredclient.com for more information related to Missouri personal injury cases.
Page//Cagle is a St. Louis, MO personal injury law firm dedicated to assisting those injured in barge crashes and through sea-related employment. These barge accident lawyers are not afraid to stand up to barge companies and their insurance providers to get you the compensation you deserve.
You can directly contact a Page//Cagle barge accident lawyer through an online contact form at http://www.bargeaccidentlawgroup.com/contact.html for further assistance or with any questions or concerns. The call and consultation are free, and you pay nothing unless you recover.
John J. Page is a partner at Page//Cagle and can be reached by calling 1.800.500.4658. The FirmÂ’s address is 1232 Washington Avenue, Suite 220, St. Louis, MO 63103.
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