Have you or a loved one been injured while working on a barge, offshore oil platform, jack-up rig or at a shipyard or dock? Maritime work can be dangerous, and the injuries that a worker sustains may lead to extreme financial difficulties. Permanent injury can even lead to lost earnings over the course of a lifetime. One of the most important steps to take is to consult an attorney in order to discuss one's right to financial compensation.
The Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, or general maritime law may offer an injured maritime worker the opportunity to seek monetary damages for room and board, medical care, lost earnings, and more. A maritime lawyer familiar with the Port of Clay County can work to ensure the injured worker and his or her family are compensated for their loss. Although maritime law is complex and a ship owner or maritime employer may try to limit their accountability, an offshore injury attorney can take a stand to seek fair compensation.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we assist injured seamen and maritime workers who have been injured in accidents at the Port of Clay County or while working on vessels traveling to or from this river port. We also assist clients throughout Mississippi and nationwide. With our experience in this field and our commitment to fighting for our clients in their time of need, we are dedicated to seeking the best possible result in every maritime claim we handle. In fact, we have been able to recover billions of dollars. Find out how we can recover the money you need and deserve.
Port of Clay County, Mississippi is a small river port on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Port of Clay is in West Point, the county seat of Clay County, Mississippi (and its only city). The small cities of Columbus, West Point, and Starkville on Mississippi's eastern border make up the region known locally as the Golden Triangle. The three cities work together, capitalizing on the rich diversity of activities and attractions available in this small geographic area.
The historic town of West Point received a municipal charter in 1858. West Point is a certified Main Street Community with a downtown area that has maintained its historic architecture and charm, featuring gift shops, antique stores, museums, and restaurants. As the county seat, West Point is home to the Clay County Justice Court.
At the crossing of a Tombigbee River cutoff channel and the Waterway, the Port of Clay County consists of a notch on the waterway and berthing areas in the cutoff channel, where the port and a Tom Soya Grain Co. terminal operate. The port uses a portion of a former highway bridge approach to dock barges.
The covered storage building has capacity for 5,000 tons of salt at the Tom Soya Grain Co. bulk wharf. The Port of Clay County features a 555-foot parallel barge slip with 10-barge stowage, a 60-foot drive-on steel bulkhead dock, and a 120-foot loading and off-loading crane dock.
The port's main uses include general freight transfer of:
The main roadways serving Clay County, Mississippi are U.S. Highway 45, Mississippi Highway 25, Mississippi Highway 46, Mississippi Highway 47, and Mississippi Highway 50. The Golden Triangle Regional Airport serves the residents and industry in the area. The Kansas City Southern Rail Network is the region’s primary rail service.
The Port of Clay County, Mississippi is one of six publicly owned ports on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The five other ports are Yellow Creek Port, Port Itawamba, Port of Amory, Port of Aberdeen, and Lowndes County Port.
The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is a 234-mile-long inland artificial waterway providing both navigation and recreation. Construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in the northeastern portion of Mississippi created a direct, navigable waterway for barge traffic serving the inland region by connecting the inland waters of the Tennessee River with the Gulf of Mexico.
The inland ports primarily handle general and bulk cargo. The waterway has a variety of recreation facilities providing unlimited opportunities for boating, skiing, hunting, and fishing enthusiasts. Clay County enjoys moderate winters, allowing year-round outdoor activities. Recreational amenities in Clay County, Mississippi include the Town Creek Recreation Area on the banks of the old Tombigbee River.
The area offers campsites, a sandy beach, boat docks and launching ramps. There is direct access to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway for recreational boating activities. In addition, old railroad tracks have been transformed into a "Rails to Trails Parkway" now known as the Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway, which runs 3.7 miles through town.
At a time when you are already suffering from the physical pain and stress associated with a serious offshore accident, the last thing you need is to worry about how you will pay your medical bills or living expenses. Allow a lawyer at our firm to help. From cases related to equipment failure all the way to maritime piracy and everything in between, we are here to provide the experienced guidance you need. Thanks to our extensive experience, there is no type of maritime injury claim we are not equipped to handle.
Contact the maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin today to learn how we can help you determine your options.
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