Cargo Hauling Injuries

The Port of Houston plays an incredibly important role in America’s shipping industry as one of the world’s busiest ports. As of 2015, it ranked number one in the U.S. in foreign waterborne tonnage and export tonnage making Texas the nation’s top exporting state. In total, it is estimated that the Houston Ship Channel contributes to over 1 million jobs throughout Texas. Each year, an estimated 200 million tons of cargo moves through the greater Port of Houston via more than 8,000 vessels and 200,000 barges. Working on these ships, barges, and other cargo vessels can come with potentially hazardous conditions for crew members.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a cargo hauling injury, contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at to find out how we can help you.

Dangers of Cargo Hauling

Accidents involving large cargo vessels can have catastrophic consequences for the environment and crew members. The types of accidents that can occur on a cargo ship or vessel include being struck by falling objects, falling from heights into the water, equipment malfunctions or failure, explosions, chemical spills, and cargo shifts.

Cargo hauling injuries can occur at sea or during the offloading process dockside or at port. Inadequate training of crew members, compromised cargo containers, the unsafe carrying of hazardous materials, failure to inspect, improperly secured cargo, improperly maintained equipment, and overloading can lead to cargo hauling injuries. Common cargo hauling injuries include:

  • Mild, moderate, or traumatic brain injuries
  • Crushed or amputated limbs
  • Broken bones
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Cartilage or ligament tears
  • Burns
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Paralysis
  • Drowning
  • Multiple physical injuries, also known as polytrauma

Understanding Federal and Texas Maritime Laws

Many cargo hauling injuries are preventable through proper crew training and the necessary safety precautions. When someone is injured on a shipping vessel because an employer or responsible party has failed to maintain a safe working environment, he or she may be able to obtain compensation through a lawsuit.

People injured in cargo hauling accidents on boats, ships, and other vessels are often subject to a unique and complex set of maritime laws. There are numerous laws that can apply to accidents that occur at sea or at port, and the specific circumstances surrounding your injuries will determine which law or laws are applicable to your case. Depending on the circumstances of your injuries, it may be possible for you to bring a claim under one of the follow doctrines or acts:

  • The Jones Act
  • The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
  • The Death on the High Seas Act
  • Maintenance and Cure
  • Unseaworthiness
  • The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
  • General maritime laws

It is imperative that you speak with an experienced maritime accident lawyer to ensure that your claim is filed under the right maritime laws. If you or a loved one has sustained a cargo hauling injury, the Houston maritime accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help.

Why Choose the Houston Maritime Accidents Lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C.

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have four decades of collective experience helping people who were injured in preventable maritime accidents. We have the knowledge, skill, and resources to fight for the maximum possible compensation in your case. Through our extensive experience handling a broad range of maritime cases, we understand how to identify the responsible parties and preserve the crucial evidence that can support your claim for compensation.

We have a strong track record of helping injured maritime workers obtain the compensation they deserve — including a $15,120,000 recovery for a lineman who was struck by a steel cable. Call for a free initial consultation to find out what The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can do for you.