If you or someone you love was injured while working at the Port of Pascagoula or while on a vessel near this port, now is the time to seek legal counsel. You may be entitled to benefits for medical care, room and board, lost earnings and more, but without an attorney to handle your claim, you may find that your options are limited.
A Jones Act lawyer serving the Port of Pascagoula can file a maritime injury claim on your behalf, getting you the lost wages and medical care you need. In addition to conducting an initial review of the matter to determine which maritime laws apply, a lawyer can help you determine what compensation you may be entitled to. He or she can then take the appropriate steps to recover this compensation under the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, Death on the High Seas Act, or general maritime law. By handling all aspects of your claim on your behalf, your lawyer can help you focus your energy on healing and spending time with loved ones instead of dealing with complex and frustrating legal issues.
How can you know which firm to choose to handle your offshore injury case? At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have the experience and the resources to dedicate to your claim. We have recovered billions of dollars, and we are ready to prove to you that we can secure outstanding results even in the most complex of maritime law matters.
Pascagoula, Mississippi, home of the state's busiest port, is in Jackson County on the southeastern coast of Mississippi. Jackson County is the gateway to the Gulf Coast, and Pascagoula is the premier city to buy, trade, or sell ships, primarily due to the presence of Northrop Grumman, Mississippi's largest employer. Northrop Grumman is a shipbuilder of surface ships for the U.S. Navy, the Coast Guard, international navies, and for commercial vessels.
Other major employers utilizing Pascagoula's port include:
VT Halter Marine is also a shipbuilding company, producing both commercial ships such as tug boats, tow boats, ocean-going barge and tank units, and defense ships for the U.S. Navy, Army, NASA, and the Air Force.
The Port of Pascagoula is a major economic stimulus for Pascagoula and Jackson County. The Port's two harbors include public and private terminals with 42-foot and 38-foot-deep channels. More than 28 million tons of cargo move through the deep-water port annually. While the Jackson County Port Authority was not established until 1956, the Port of Pascagoula has been a center for maritime activity and trade since the early 1800s. The predominant commodity in the 1800s was cotton, with over one million bales moving down the river.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources promotes recreational boating safety on Mississippi waterways through marine patrols and maritime law enforcement. The Department of Marine Resources requires an accident report to be filed by the operator of any vessel for any boating accident that results in loss of life, loss of consciousness, or property damages in excess of $100.
The Pascagoula Coast Guard is located at Pascagoula's Singing River Island facility, formerly Naval Station Pascagoula. As a maritime service unit within the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard provides maritime safety and security to international waters and America's coasts, ports, and inland waterways. One of the Coast Guard's main goals is to reduce crew member deaths and injuries on U.S. commercial vessels in an inherently dangerous environment. While the job is dangerous, safety can be maintained if everyone follows procedure.
Today, Pascagoula is a major industrial city along the Gulf Coast, the eighth-largest in Mississippi. Prior to World War II, Pascagoula was a sleepy fishing village of only about 5,000 people along the Pascagoula River. The city's population exploded with the war-driven shipbuilding industry. Shipbuilding and maritime activity continue to define the culture and economy of Pascagoula, Mississippi.
With the right lawyer by your side, you have the invaluable opportunity of recovering maximum compensation for your maritime injuries. Your case may involve a spine injury you sustained in a fall on an offshore oil rig, or perhaps the loss of a loved one in a fire or explosion on a jack-up rig. You may be seeking information about maritime piracy and your options if you or a loved one was taken captive by pirates while working overseas. From head injuries to amputation to fatal accidents, the professionals at our firm have the skill to handle any type of offshore injury claim for workers at the Port of Pascagoula and nationwide.
Do not suffer twice from one injury—seek out an offshore injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin to help you get what you need to recover and move forward.
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