The Law Is On Your Side
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that a dredge meets the definition of a vessel under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Many dredge workers also qualify as Jones Act seamen under the law. In other words, there are many legal protections for dredge workers, including the right to sue a vessel owner if a serious injury was inflicted by the owner’s negligence.
Dredges have different types of owners. Some are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, while others are run by private companies. Some of the bigger maritime companies that operate dredges include American Underwater Services, Coastal Dredging Co, and Orion Marine Group.
Understanding which laws apply to your case, how you can go after employers, and building a case that wins all requires legal skill. Not hiring an attorney can be a costly gamble on your future; you may not get all the money you need to heal.