The Port of Savannah has facilities lining both sides of the Savannah River, providing easy access to the Atlantic Ocean 18 miles away. The Port of Savannah is operated under the purview of the Georgia Ports Authority. It was the fastest-growing seaport in the U.S. from 2000 to 2005 and has had several record years in terms of container traffic. While funding was denied in 2013 for a cruise terminal at the Port of Savannah, the Port remains a busy one where seamen and crew members can sustain serious injuries due to vessel problems and other causes.
Seamen Have Rights When Hurt Off the Savannah Coast
Maritime workers face unique challenges working on offshore vessels. Unfortunately, one of those challenges often relates to getting the benefits they deserve if they suffer an injury.
The Jones Act provides protection to those working on navigable waterways off the coast of Savannah. The Jones Act protects seamen by allowing them to receive payment for medical care, pain and suffering, disability and other losses after becoming injured or ill in service of their vessel. In some cases, even punitive damages may be available is willful or wanton negligence or recklessness can be proved to have been present. The Jones Act can provide significantly more benefits than other types of laws protecting injured workers, provided you can successfully pursue your claim.
Those who work offshore, however, may first need to prove they qualify as a seamen or a seafarer in order to make a claim. While the Jones Act exists to ensure injured maritime workers are provided for, there is also a statute of limitations within which your claim must be filed. You can expect ship owners and their insurers to fight allegations of negligence, as proving them is essential to a successful Jones Act claim. Examples of negligence have been defined to include not avoiding violent weather; failure to prevent assaults by other seamen; failure to provide competent crews and masters; maintenance failures and a host of other lapses by vessel owners and masters.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. will carefully review the circumstances of your accident, illness or injuries and help you determine if you’re entitled to file a Jones Act case.
A Maritime Attorney Provides Representation to Seamen
When vessels depart from the Savannah Coast, maritime workers, crew members and passengers deserve to be kept reasonably safe. All too often, however, those who own and operate offshore vessels don’t take the necessary steps to assure their vessels are seaworthy and their passengers protected from offshore ship accidents or acts of violence.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. believes boat owners and masters of working and recreational vessels need to be held accountable for the harm their crews and passengers suffer. We know it can be difficult to gather evidence from accidents offshore but we do it and we fight for your rights.
Our firm has a strong track record of standing up for and getting successful results for our clients. Every injury case is different though, and the incident that harmed you is unique to your situation. Give us a call at 877-233-1238 or contact us online now, so we can evaluate your specific case and let you know how we can help you.