Charleston Suction Dredger Accident Lawyer

A suction dredger is a specialized type of dredging vessel that removes silt, dirt, rocks, and other debris from the bottom of streams, rivers, and harbors around Charleston to make them more navigable for both commercial and private boats. These large vessels employ the use of a vacuum device that sucks debris from the sea-floor and then moves the debris to another location.

Working on a suction dredging vessel can be incredibly profitable, however, it can also be dangerous work and many dredge workers are injured because of faulty equipment, a lack of safety procedures, or for a variety of other reasons.

At Howell and Christmas, Charleston suction dredger accident lawyers understand the impact an accident can have on you and your family. Distinguished dredge accident lawyers can try to help countless dredge workers and other maritime workers secure financial compensation for their injuries.

Suction Dredge Accidents

Many waterways around Charleston regularly need to be deepened in order to maintain enough depth for larger ships and vessels to pass through. This is a particularly important job around Charleston, considering the importance the Port of Charleston to the local economy.

In order to properly dredge a body of water, large dredging vessels transport heavy machinery, such as suction devices in order to remove sediment from the bottom of a body of water. Unfortunately, deckhands and dredge workers on suction dredging vessels may suffer serious accidents as a result of:

  • Moving machinery such as cranes and suction devices
  • Faulty or poorly maintained machinery
  • Dredging vessels running aground
  • A lack of safety procedures or safety measures aboard

Anytime a worker has sustained an injury because of a suction dredge accident, they should contact a Charleston suction dredger accident lawyer at Christmas and Howell to discuss their legal options.

Compensation Under the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

If you are employed on a suction-dredging vessel and are injured as a result of an accident, you may be entitled to utilize special laws in order to recover compensation. Dredging ships, including suction dredging ships, have been recognized as vessels under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Under this Act, an injured worker may be entitled to up to two-thirds of their annual income.

A suction dredge worker may also be entitled to recovery under the Jones Act when their injuries were the result of their employer’s negligence. Under this federal law, a qualifying dredge worker may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, rehabilitation expenses, or wrongful death. However, it can be incredibly difficult for a worker to determine which laws to utilize, and which laws will afford injured workers and their families the most benefits and protections.

Following a Suction Dredge Injury

If you have been injured in a dredging accident while working around Charleston, the first thing you should do is to seek prompt medical assistance. In addition, you should contact a Charleston suction dredger accident lawyer. A suction dredger accident lawyer at Howell and Christmas have provided practical and cost-effective legal assistance to injured maritime workers and their families and are prepared to help you through any suction dredger injury.


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