Tug and Barge Injury Claims
Jones Act and maritime injury lawyer James Beard is available to represent crewmen injured on tugs and barges owned and operated by Brusco Tug and Barge. Ask Beard about the cases he has litigated against Brusco Tug and Barge.
Beard is always on the side of the injured worker and does not represent Brusco Tug and Barge or their insurance company. Beard works to hold employers and vessel owners responsible for negligently injuring their crewmen. When Beard tells you that you have a good claim, that opinion is based upon 30 years of experience representing injured crewmen in claims big and small. Beard knows the laws that govern maritime injuries. He hasn’t handled just a few maritime claims, he has handled hundreds, including such cases as the sinking of the Aleutian Enterprise, Arctic Rose, and Alaska Ranger. Experience matters when it comes to working on a tug and barge, and maritime legal experience is needed to get crewmen the fair compensation they deserve when they are injured doing their jobs.
Brusco Tug and Barge operates towing and barge services up and down the West coast. Crewmen injured working for Brusco Tug and Barge are entitled to make claims for compensation under the Jones Act and the general maritime law. Beard knows how workers working for Brusco can be injured, and he knows how those injuries can be prevented. He understands how serious injuries can impact a crewman’s ability to work on tug and barges when their injuries leave lasting physical impairments.
A moment’s negligence by the captain or a fellow crewman aboard a tug and barge can lead to a lifelong injury. A vessel “safety first policy” must be more than a safety manual notebook that sits on a shelf and is never used. A safety meeting is not a quick cup of coffee around a galley table before going to work. Safety rules must be followed, and the crew of tugs and barges must be properly trained. Your life and your family’s future depends on the safety first concept.
Under Federal maritime law, where a crewman on a tug or barge owned and operated by Brusco is injured as a result of negligence or unseaworthiness, the crewman must be fairly compensated for his injuries. Brusco owes their crewmen a duty to provide a seaworthy vessel and a safe place to work. Brusco’s vessels, like other tugs and barges, must be properly manned and appropriate crew must be assigned to do a task. The duty to provide a seaworthy vessel is a non-delegable duty and rests upon the vessel owner, not the crewman. Where a piece of tug or barge equipment fails under normal and expected use, the vessel is unseaworthy.
Crewmen injured by unseaworthiness or negligence while working aboard a tug or barge are entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries. Damages can be claimed for past and future pain and suffering; psychological injuries; past and future lost wages; medical expenses including hospital , therapy and nursing services; and vocational retraining. Comparative fault and preexisting medical conditions or injuries do not bar claims under the Jones Act.
Beard and his partners at Johnson Beard & Trueb PC have successfully handled various crewmen injuries on all kinds of vessels, from ocean going tugs to Alaska fish processors. They have experience handling catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries; burns; spinal injuries; and back, neck, hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, and hand injuries.
Beard and his partners Lanning Trueb and Douglas Johnson represent tug and barge crewmen on a contingency fee basis. You pay no attorney fees or costs until your case is over; if there is no recovery, there is no fee. Let Beard put his 30 years of being a maritime injury lawyer to work for you. Call Johnson Beard & Trueb PC for a free initial consultation at 1-800-621-1091.