Maritime Injury

Experienced Alabama Maritime Injury Attorney

Maritime InjuryCentrally located in Birmingham Alabama, Johnstone Carroll serves maritime employees and maritime injury victims in Alabama and throughout the southeast.

The southeast contains many navigable waterways such as the Tennessee River, Mississippi River, Black Warrior River, Cumberland River, Tombigbee River, Tenn-Tom Waterway, Chattahoochee River, Mobile River, and the Ohio River. It also contains numerous ports at places like Huntsville, Florence, Memphis, Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Bridgeport, Axis, Demopolis, Selma, Montgomery, Guntersville, Phenix City, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Paducah. If you are injured in one of these places, your claim may be a maritime claim.

If you are injured on commercially navigable waters or you are injured during your employment aboard a commercial vessel or as a harbor worker, your claim likely will be a maritime injury claim. This type of law is highly specialized and you should make sure to choose an attorney with knowledge and experience with maritime injury claims.

If you or a loved one is injured in while working on a ship or at a port, your claim may come under maritime law. The rules in this area of the law are often different than those that apply for other types of injuries such as those suffered in car accidents. The attorneys at Johnstone Carroll are experienced in this type of law and stand ready to help you.

Have You Been Injured Working on a Boat or a Ship?

At Johnstone Carroll, we are proud to represent injured crewmembers on the boats and ships that serve these rivers and ports. If you work on a tugboat, push boat, barge, crew boat, ship or other vessel you may be entitled to special remedies under the Jones Act, for breach of the warranty of seaworthiness, or for maintenance and cure.

  • Under the Jones act, an injured seaman has a cause of action against his or her employer for injuries caused by the employer's negligence. This negligence can often include thinks like insufficient or defective railings, ladders, lighting, equipment. It also includes improper training and supervision by your employer. If you are injured because of the carelessness of your employer, you may have a cause of action under the Jones act.
  • A vessel owner has a duty to provide a seaworthy vessel. If you are injured because the owner failed to provide a seaworthy vessel, you may have a claim for compensation.
  • A seaman who becomes ill or injured during service on their ship will be entitled to a type of compensation called "Maintenance and Cure." The seaman may be entitled to daily living expenses, medical expenses and unearned wages until maximum medical improvement is reached.

Longshoremen, Stevedores, Crane Operators, and Other Harbor Workers

Workers who work in ports or on the navigable waters of the United States such as longshoremen, stevedores, crane operators and other harbor workers are often covered by the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation act. This act provides for benefits similar to, but generally better than, most states workers compensation laws. The Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act does not require the employer to be at fault and allows the employee to receive compensation if they are injured while working. This compensation includes disability payments medical expenses, vocational rehabilitation benefits and, in the case of death, benefits to surviving spouse and dependents.

Offshore Drilling Injuries

Offshore drilling work can be very dangerous and offshore drilling related injuries and deaths can involve a patchwork of complicated laws, including the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the Jones act, and the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act. If you are loved one are injured in an offshore drilling related accident, you need an attorney with the skill and knowledge to navigate these complex waters. The attorneys at Johnstone Carroll can help.

Cruise Ship Injuries

Injuries that occur on cruise ships often are covered by maritime law. These injuries can include slip and falls, medical negligence, food poisoning, injuries on shore excursions and other tragic circumstances. In addition, cruise lines usually insert legal technicalities into the fine print of their cruise contracts that place limitations on when and where lawsuits may be brought. As a result, it is crucial to see a lawyer with experience in maritime law if you have been injured aboard a cruise ship. We at Johnstone Carroll have represented individuals injured aboard cruise ships and stand ready to help you.

Recreational Boating Accidents

Every year, recreational boaters suffer injuries or death due to the carelessness or failure to follow the rules of navigation of other vessel operators. Accidents involving ski boats, fishing boats, jet skis, and similar craft can involve different rules than car accidents and other personal injury cases and also can fall under admiralty law. As a result, if you or a loved one or injured in a boating accident, you should consult with a lawyer experienced in maritime law.