St. Louis Barge & Shipping Accident Attorneys
Millions Recovered for Injured Missouri Workers
St. Louis sits on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River; the city grew in the early 1800s largely because of its busy port and trade connections. Despite this, many people today forget how important river freight still is to the city.
The St. Louis Port Authority runs the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis, which is the 17th largest port in the country and stretches for over 70 miles, including both sides of the river. The port’s central location in the middle of the United States is a huge advantage, as it puts the port within 500 miles of one-third of the U.S. population. It is the northernmost ice-free port on the Mississippi River and is served by six railroads, seven interstates, and two international airports. In short, shipping is a major industry in our area and, unfortunately, this creates numerous opportunities for accidents.
If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in a barge or shipping accident in St. Louis, The Dixon Injury Firm can help. Since 2009, our firm has been proudly representing injured workers throughout Missouri, including injured barge and shipping employees. You could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to aid with your medical bills and lost income—let our experienced and award-winning attorneys guide you through the legal process and help ensure that you receive the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.
Barge & Shipping Accident FAQs
When you open a barge and shipping accident case in St. Louis, it’s important to find legal counsel with the right experience. Our firm’s personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys work hard to make sure clients have the resources they need to win. We also make it our goal to ensure that you are informed of your rights and options along the way.
Here are a couple of frequently asked questions about barge and shipping accidents in St. Louis:
- How much does legal services cost me? This varies on the specifics of your case. However, The Dixon Injury Firm utilizes a contingency system, meaning our services are free if we do not win compensation for you.
- How much could I win? This also depends on the case. Our St. Louis barge and shipping accident lawyers fight to win clients compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, personal hardships, and other damages.
- What do I do now? If you were injured in a shipping or barge accident, the first step is to contact The Dixon Injury Firm for more info and a free consultation from our barge and shipping accidents lawyers regarding your legal options.
Dangers Associated with the Shipping Industry
A quick peek through the U.S. Department of Labor’s accident reports reveals that shipping is one of the most dangerous industries in America. Barge workers and other shipping industry employees are at risk of numerous workplace accidents and injuries.
Some examples include:
- Boom and scaffolding falls and collapses
- Appendages becoming caught in equipment, such as pistons, leading to amputation
- Falling objects striking and injuring or killing workers
- Drownings and near-drownings
- Vehicle-related accidents, including crashes and defects
- Workers being caught between objects, such as the barge and the dock
- Crush injuries
- Slipping and falling on slippery decks/surfaces
- Faulty and/or defective tools
- Becoming trapped in enclosed spaces, leading to asphyxiation
These are just some examples of common barge- and shipping-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities. If you or someone you love was involved in any type of on-the-job shipping accident, reach out to The Dixon Injury Firm to learn how our St. Louis barge and shipping accident attorneys can help.
Most Barge/Shipping Accidents Are Covered by Workers’ Compensation
Shipping docks are not a common hang-out spot for the general public, so most people that are injured down on the docks are employees on the job. As such, they will almost certainly be covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
Workers’ compensation is a system that pays injured workers for their lost wages, medical care, and, if necessary, any temporary or permanent disabilities. It generally does not matter who caused the injuries, so there is generally no need to prove that another person or party was negligent.
The downside of workers’ compensation is that it prevents employees from suing their employers for negligence. Of course, people working around the port are occasionally injured by people other than their employers. In this case they may be able to sue a negligent party for additional compensation.
The Dixon Injury Firm Can Review Your Case
Anyone injured in a barge/shipping accident should contact a lawyer immediately. Workers’ compensation claims in Missouri must be reported within 30 days to be valid, and negligence claims require a timely investigation to make sure evidence is gathered before the busy port returns to business and wipes out all traces of the accident.
At The Dixon Injury Firm, we are proud to represent clients right here in our community. Our founding attorney, Christopher Dixon, was born and raised in St. Louis and knows the area like the back of his hand. He went to Lindbergh High School and studied law at the University of Missouri before returning home to serve the community he loves. He and our entire team work every day to fight for people that have been injured and help them receive the compensation they need to put their lives back together.
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The workers’ compensation system has many advantages, but the simple fact is that the system is run by insurance companies that were built to deny as many claims as possible. The Dixon Injury Firm has collected more than $50 million for our clients, most of it from big insurance companies. We know how to fight back against their unjust tactics and protect your rights throughout the legal process.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a barge/shipping accident, call us at (314) 208-2808 for a free consultation today.