Maritime Law Board-Certified Tugboat & Barge Accidents Lawyer

Tugboats are designed to tow or push barges with maximum power and fuel capacity. The dangerous working conditions put crew at risk of serious injuries from slipping on wet decks, tripping over wire ropes stretching across tugboats, and other serious hazards.

At the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., we vigorously protect seamen seriously injured in a barge or tugboat accidents. Attorney John W. Merting has more than 40 years of experience and is the first lawyer in North Florida to be Board-Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by The Florida Bar.

We devote all the necessary resources to each case as we help injured workers and families with injury claims and wrongful death claims obtain fair compensation under the Jones Act and federal maritime law.

Attorney John Merting has successfully handled hundreds of claims for workers injured at sea or on inland waterways, including those injured in barge or tugboat accidents. Contact us today for a free consultation and discover how we can help you.

Protecting Barge And Tugboat Workers And Their Families

Attorney Merting's 40-plus years experience in admiralty, maritime and personal injury law has positioned our law firm to handle complicated maritime accidents worldwide, including barge and tugboat accidents. Each case is unique, so we take a hands-on approach, examining every piece of evidence to develop a clear understanding of the specific factors leading to our client's tug boat or barge accident, such as:

  • Slippery decks
  • Unsteady ladders
  • Equipment failure
  • Undermanned crews
  • Lack of safety procedures or poor training

Whether you are a deckhand, a captain, a cook, or an engineer, if you were injured while working, we are prepared to protect your future. Workers injured on tugboats and barges may be entitled to collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, vocational retraining, and other needs under federal law. Injured seamen may be able to obtain compensation when employers fail to maintain a safe working environment, or when another crew member's negligence caused a serious accident.

Schedule A Free Consultation

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. From law offices in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Mr. Merting represents clients nationwide and worldwide who have been injured at sea.