Barge Hits Martin Luther King Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri
Posted on December 1st, 2010 by Zane Cagle
The United States Coast Guard is currently investigating why a barge hit the Martin Luther King Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri, Monday morning. The barge accident occurred around 2 a.m. when a barge struck the pier causing four barges to break away while moving downstream. This was no apparent damage to the bridge, but engineers are inspecting the bridge. As the time of the accident, no injuries to barge workers were reported. If a barge worker had been injured while on the job, then a claim other than workers’ compensation would apply. Since railroad workers and maritime workers do not have the same workers’ compensation claims as other workers, the federal government enacted the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and the Jones Act. FELA claims are for railroad workers injured on the job and Jones Act cases are for maritime workers injured while working.
At The Cagle Law Firm, an experienced St. Louis accident attorney can review your claim and help you file a lawsuit against the person responsible for your accident or injury or to help you to determine if you have a wrongful death claim or a claim for personal injury damages. Contacting a personal injury attorney that specializes in maritime law including Jones Act cases is essential to safeguard one’s financial stability and pursue the correct medical treatment. Zane T. Cagle has extensive experience working with maritime law in Missouri and Illinois. To determine if you have a Jones Act case or other questions regarding maritime law, call (314) 276-1681 for a free consultation. Source: Barge Hits Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis, KMOV, 11/29/10