Tugboat Accidents - Maritime Lawyer Richard SerpeTugboats are vital to the maritime economy; they are powerful boats that help tow or push large vessels in any manner of situations. However, like every vessel, they have their dangers—and tugboat operators have a responsibility to make sure their vessels are safe and their workplaces free from danger.

Many dangers can be found on a tugboat in the form of a slippery deck. Decks which are not kept properly clean and, where possible, dry, present serious hazards for workers. Slips, trips and falls can result in sprains, breaks and concussions. Workers can even slip and fall into the water, which can tragically result in drowning.

Other injuries can come from faulty equipment on tugboats. Tugboats have many types of machinery—winches, cranes, wires—and if these machines and pieces of equipment are not well-maintained and inspected, then they can malfunction—and the malfunctions can lead to serious and debilitating injuries and death.

Maritime Lawyer Richard Serpe

The fact is, there are always risks associated with every job—but many, many risks can be mitigated if an employer or vessel owner ensures that the workplace is as safe as possible. Tugboats and maritime environments are no different. If you’ve been injured an experienced maritime and Jones Act attorney can help you recover the damages related to your injury. Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.


Maritime Attorney Richard Serpe, in connection with our network of co-counsel, represent victims across the country. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming