Boat pilots, seamen, longshoremen, and dockworkers have some of the most difficult and hazardous jobs in the nation. Fortunately, these workers are also covered under generous benefits programs if they suffer an injury or occupational illness—but they may have to fight to get the compensation they deserve.
Our injury attorneys represent workers throughout the state of New Jersey who have suffered falls, chemical exposures, or repetitive strain injuries while working for a maritime employer. Our goal is to recover the highest amount of compensation possible for your medical care, lost wages, living expenses, and out-of-pocket costs.
Helping Injured Maritime Workers Throughout the New Jersey Area
If you were working on or near water when you suffered an injury or illness, you may be owed compensation for your medical costs and time off work due to disability. Depending on the location and nature of your work, you and your family could collect benefits under the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, Death on the High Seas Act, or general maritime law. Our maritime injury attorneys can listen to the details of your case and explain who could be liable for your injury and which benefits you may be entitled to receive.
We represent maritime employees who work at all New Jersey ports or serve as seamen on vessels traveling through these ports of call, including:
- Newark. The Port of Newark is seated on the Passaic River in Newark Bay, serving New Jersey’s largest city. The Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal serving New York Harbor handles nearly 100 million tons of cargo annually, making it the busiest container shipping port on Newark Bay. All of this traffic makes the bay a particularly dangerous site for injuries, especially for employees loading and unloading steel, automobiles, scrap metal, cement, and petroleum.
- Perth Amboy. The Port of Perth Amboy at the mouth of the Raritan River poses both hazards and liability concerns in maritime accidents. Half of the waterfront belongs to private owners, while the other half is owned by the municipality under the name of Port of Perth Amboy Municipal Marina. Maritime employees are regularly needed in industrial and commercial uses of the port's deep-water facilities, as well as to service the cantilevered Outerbridge Crossing connecting Perth Amboy to Staten Island.
- Camden. The South Jersey Port Corporation acts as the port authority for the Beckett Street Terminal and the Broadway Terminal in the Port of Camden. The port sits opposite the Port of Philadelphia on the Delaware River, and is one of the nation's largest import-export sites for steel, wood products, cocoa, and perishable fruit. Harbor pilots may be injured while steering larger commercial ships into the harbor, while marine construction employees may suffer falls while performing maintenance on the Walt Whitman Bridge.
- Hoboken-Weehawken. The New Jersey Transit Terminal in Hoboken and Weehawken’s Port Imperial both serve three different ferry routes: one to Pier 11 (Wall Street), one to Brookfield Place Terminal, and one to Midtown (W. 39th Street). The majority of ferry terminals in the area are run by the Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ), a government agency responsible for the maintenance and safety regulations in certain ports. It will take a skilled attorney to hold the government liable for maritime injuries caused by negligence, such as inadequate security, negligent hiring practices, or failure to address known safety concerns.
- Jersey City. Ferries run daily from the Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park to carry tourists to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. If you are injured while operating a ferry or water taxi, it is important to have the incident investigated as soon as possible. In most cases, filing deadlines are extremely limited, and injury victims are required to file a Notice of Claim (NOC) within 90 days of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured while performing maritime work, our injury attorneys can determine who may be liable for your accident and what you are owed under the law. Call (800) 362-9329 today to speak with a maritime lawyer at Hofmann & Schweitzer or download your complimentary copy of Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights today.