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Maritime Claims and Missouri Workers Compensation Laws

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The Mississippi River has remained a main artery of American commerce for centuries, with the historic Missouri ports at the heart of the famous waterway. The economic prosperity of the inland waterway is only possible because of the hard work and dedication of the seamen employed on the tow boats, barges, cargo vessels, pilots, tugboats, riverboat casinos and ferries that travel the busy tributary. Seamen have challenging and dangerous professions that put them at constant risk of injuries and illnesses.

The Guirl Law Firm files maritime claims to recover compensation for injured seamen in St. Louis and throughout Missouri. Our lawyer has more than 25 years of experience and focuses exclusively on personal injury and workplace injury recovery. If you have been injured on the Missouri waters, we compassionately pursue the compensation you need.

What are the legal rights of Missouri seamen?

Sailors and boat passengers are afforded unique rights under the laws of the inland waterways that transect the country. If your injury or illness occurred on a vessel or adjoining properties, you need a lawyer who fully understands the maritime laws that apply to your situation. The Guirl Law Firm has extensive admiralty law experience and advises you on matters concerning:

  • Jones Act — Seamen are exempt from the Missouri workers compensation laws that prohibit lawsuits against employers in exchange for benefits through government programs. Also called the Merchant Marine Act, the Jones Act allows injured sailors to file lawsuits against their employers for negligence or vessel unseaworthiness.


  • Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) — This federal legislation provides protection to sailors who contract an occupational illness or suffer an injury while on U.S. navigable waters or adjoining areas — such as piers, wharfs, dry docks, terminals, marine railways or locations used for loading, unloading, repairing, dismantling or building vessels. The LHWCA pays compensation to seamen or their families for disabilities or deaths that result from workplace activities.


  • General maritime laws — When pursuing your legal rights to compensation, our personal injury law firm considers the complex body of federal, state, admiralty and international regulations and treaties that affects your case. Maritime laws extend to boat passengers — including recreational boats and personal watercrafts.

Let our lawyers guide you in filing your maritime claim in St. Louis courts

To learn more about your rights under maritime laws, call the Guirl Law Firm on our 24-hour toll-free hotline 314-391-2585 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.


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