Tug & Barge Accidents

Attorneys representing Norfolk, Newport News, Roanoke & nearby areas of Virginia

We are well equipped to deal with tug and barge accidents and complex tug and barge ownership issues. Frequently the tug and barge have different owners. The question of who is the right defendant is a common one after a barge or tug accident. Unless the tug and barge are married, there can be complicated lease and charter agreements.

The Newport News maritime lawyers at Kalfus & Nachman are prepared to work through these issues. We have the knowledge and resources to pursue a claim against the liable party after an injury to a crew member. For a free discussion of your legal rights and options after an accident on the water, please call (800) 361-0430 today.

Accidents on Barges and Tug Boats

Tugs and barges are dangerous places to work. Workers can be seriously injured by the winches, cables, and lines. The tug can trip its tow.

The lawyers at Kalfus & Nachman have successfully represented clients who worked on barges and tugs whose injuries were caused by:

  • Frayed and weak lines that parted
  • Tow lines that swept the deck
  • Injuries caused by bad weather
  • Leaks on deck from engine lubricants and hydraulics
  • Collisions with a dock
  • Unspooling of winches
  • Handling heavy lines
  • Leaving the vessel to get onto a dock
  • Malfunction of winches

Compensation for Maritime Accidents

We have been able to recover damages for many tug and barge workers, including payment of:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability

Our attorneys have extensive experience holding negligent vessel owners accountable for putting their employees' safety at risk. We will review all factors that might have contributed to the accident and the losses you suffered because of your employer's misconduct and/or the unseaworthiness of the vessel

If you have been injured while working aboard a tug or barge, please contact our Newport News attorneys today by calling (800) 361-0430.