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Commercial River Barge & Boat Crew Injuries

Injured while working on a riverboat crew?  We file Jones Act Claims.  We will provide a free evaluation of any maritime claim of injury or death anywhere on any river, where the boat crew member was employed by a Tennessee or a Kentucky maritime commercial river transport company including any barge tow company or any other commercial enterprise that operates a riverboat.  If the company refuses a fair settlement, we will file a lawsuit against the company if necessary.  We file claims against the owners and operators of recreational boats and watercraft, towing vessels and tug boats, charter vessels, tank ships, passenger and cargo vessels, barges and fishing vessels, crew support and supply boats (flats).

Contact us today to discuss your claim.  We provide a free consultation and evaluation for all types of cases involving river transport accidents, including accidents on  barges and tugboats and towboats, causing injury or wrongful death.  We handle accepted claims on a contingency fee basis, so that if we don't help you recover money in a settlement or award, you will not pay attorney fees; we do not seek reimbursement of case expenses advanced by the Law Firm unless you recover money.

Working as a crewmember on the barges and tug boats or tow boats that ply rivers on courses originating in Kentucky and Tennessee is one of the most dangerous jobs in the region.  Serious accidents occur that result in life changing injuries and sometimes death. These are sometimes called maritime or admiralty or "maintenance and cure" cases.

If you were a crewmember of a river boat, a tow boat, or tug boat, or a member of a crew of any commercial boat, you're probably covered by the Jones Act for maritime workers.  Get help filing a successful claim.  The Lucius Hawes Law Firm has provided representation serving the needs of tugboat crewmembers and their families for more than 30 years. Our maritime practice includes injuries and death on rivers bordering and within Kentucky and Tennessee, and where tugboat crewmembers (sometimes called "rivermen") hired by Kentucky or Tennessee maritime companies suffer injury or death anywhere on water.  Navagible western Kentucky and middle Tennessee rivers include the Ohio River, the Mississippi River, the Cumberland River, the Tennessee River, and the Green River; there is also significant river commerce through Kentucky Lake (Tennessee River) and Lake Barkley (Cumberland River), which form the west and east borders of the Land Between the Lakes. Connecting rivers include the Missouri River and its tributaries.   Maritime centers in Kentucky and Tennessee include Louisville, Owensboro, Henderson, Paducah, Hickman, Wickliffe, Memphis and Nashville. Other maritime centers in our practice area include Covington, Newport, and Hebron, and other cities and towns on the Kentucky side of the Cincinnatti and Louisville areas.  Not a Kentucky or Tennessee resident? We can still help if you were injured while working for a Kentucky or Tennessee maritime company, on any navigable river anywhere.  Call us toll free at 270-885-1825 today.

We represent crew members who work in river transport, injured in connection accidents involving riverboat, barge, tugboat, towboat, such as:

  • Barge collisions
  • Tug collisions
  • Fires and explosions
  • Defective equipment accidents
  • Onboard accidents
  • Lifting injuries
  • Please note: we handle only claims of genuine tugboat crewmembers; we don't handle longshoremen and harbor workers claims

Contact us to learn more about our full range of Jones Act, workers' compensation and personal injury litigation services today. Free consultation; free evaluation.

Do You Have a Social Security Disability Claim?  If your injuries have put an end to your working life as a river transport worker, you may be eligible for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI).