How do you determine if an injured terminal/port worker has a valid negligence claim?


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A: Determining whether a marine terminal or port worker has a valid negligence claim involves investigating the cause of the accident and then investigating ownership and control of the mechanism of injury.

Investigating the Cause of a Terminal/Port Accident

In order to determine liability in a terminal and port accident situation usually requires gathering evidence from the injured employee and witnesses. Injury reports, OSHA accident reports may also be helpful in identifying the cause of the accident. In some instances, a defective product or product failure may have caused the accident. If this is the case, it will be necessary to examine the product and have it tested.

Investigating Ownership and Control in a Terminal/Port Accident

On any given day, there can be literally dozens of contractors and subcontractors present at a terminal or port. Determining who may be liable for the accident involves reviewing the facts and investigating each contractor, or company, who may have controlled any person or thing related to the accident. From port operators to container/shipping companies, many parties may bear liability in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey terminal/port accident.

Prompt investigation is important, so the case should be evaluated immediately by knowledgeable Pennsylvania and New Jersey marine terminal and port accident lawyers.

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Published: August 25, 2012