"When I seek professional advice, I don’t want B.S. I want it straight up, with no double talk. I figure you do also. I always use plain English, with no sugarcoating, no B.S. lawyer talk, and no double talk - just old fashioned, unsweetened, unvarnished truth - just the way that I want it." Oakland Tug Boat Accident Attorney/ San Francisco Tug Boat Lawyer - Bill Turley
My Best Advice
When handling your Jones Act Case, you must always tell the truth. Nothing is more important then your credibility. If a judge assumes you are being dishonest, your case will be thrown out and you will be left with nothing. I have seen it happen to many people.
My Next Best Advice
Take the proper steps now, and do your research. Order my free book, Win your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [even before you hire a lawyer].
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Tug Boat Accidents
Working on a tug boat exposed crew members to danger. Large winches and tow lines can be very hazardous. Crew members can be injured due to getting in the bite of the line, slippery conditions on the deck, falling overboard, crushing injuries, falls on ladders and other serious hazards.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed while working on a tug boat - you are probably concerned about your families future. Under the law, tug boat companies have a responsibility to make the job as safe as possible and to pay benefits if a crew member is injured on the job. Tug crew members are entitled to maintenance and cure. Meaning, a daily allowance while they are not working and recovering from their injuries and proper and adequate medical treatment.
Getting Medical Treatment
The very first thing you should know is the doctor that you are treated by may be one of the most important decision you make. I recommend you never, ever agree to receive medical treatment by a doctor chosen by the employer or adjuster. You must have a doctor that is not a “company doctor.” My office can help you get the right doctor that is going to “call it the way they see it.” Rather than calling it the way the company wants.
Jones Act Negligence
Tug boats companies have a duty to provide tug crew members with a safe place to work. Crew members are protected by the Jones Act and general maritime law. Generally, the Jones Act allows tug crew members to sue their employers for negligence. This is the lowest level of negligence known to law. It is called a scintilla of negligence. That is, the slightest negligence will allow a tug crew member to sue their employer.
Jones Act negligence may arise from a dangerous condition on or about the tug, failure to use reasonable care to provide a crew member with a safe place to work, failure to inspect the tug for hazards and a variety of other breaches of the tug owner's duty of care.
In addition, tug crew members can sue the vessel for unseaworthiness. This doesn’t mean the entire vessel has to be unseaworthy. Instead, a slippery deck or a dangerous work procedure can support a claim for unseaworthiness.
Unseaworthiness is a form of strict liability that requires the owner of a vessel to ensure that a vessel and its appurtenant equipment and appliances are reasonably fit for her intended use.
We can help you get the benefits you deserve under the law.
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley