A boating accident where a worker slipped and fell from a barge resulting in the man losing his legs in the accident. The man was working on the barge that has been channel dredging. The work has been occurring 24 hours a day, and when the crews end their shift, they are transported to land via a boat that backs up to the dredge. As the man was stepping onto the barge, he slipped and fell onto the propellers that were activated. The man survived the accident, but his legs were cut off by the propellers. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital, and his identity has not been released. The United States Coast Guard is investigating the accident.
Boating accidents typically involve boats used for recreation. However, boats used for occupational purposes can also result in serious injuries and death. The majority of boating accidents are preventable and caused by the negligence of others. Inexperienced piloting of the boat, operating the boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol, mechanical defects, and speeding can all cause boating accidents that seriously injure and kill innocent victims. To determine if you have grounds to file a boating accident case, it is crucial to consult an experienced St. Louis boating accident attorney.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have over 100 years of combined legal experience and have handled thousands of accident cases. Our attorneys will investigate the case, plan and execute a strategy to hold the negligent party accountable and recover the maximum compensation for your damages. If you have been injured in a boating accident, contact us today.