Recently upgraded to accommodate larger vessels traveling through the expanded Panama Canal, the Port of Houston is among the largest and busiest seaports in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Port of Houston ranks second nationally, and has seen substantial growth over the last several years.
Unfortunately, while the Port of Houston’s growth and increasing importance in the U.S. shipping industry have brought job opportunities to many longshoremen, seamen and other maritime workers, they may also be putting these workers at increased risk for suffering serious on-the-job injuries. Larger “post-Panamax” ships present many unique dangers, while increased traffic on land means that cargo, crane, railroad and truck accidents could see an increase in frequency as well.
The Port of Houston, officially known as Port Houston – The International Port of Texas, stretches 25 miles along the coast of the Buffalo Bayou, east of downtown Houston. With direct access to the Gulf of Mexico via the Galveston Bay, the Port of Houston handles roughly two-thirds of all containerized cargo in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Key imports and exports processed at the Port of Houston include:
Containerized cargo entering and leaving the Port of Houston gets processed at one of two terminals: (i) the Barbours Cut Container Terminal at Morgan Point, or (ii) the Bayport Container Terminal at the mouth of the Galveston Bay.
If you have been at the Port of Houston or onboard a vessel traveling in the Buffalo Bayou, the Galveston Bay or the Gulf of Mexico, the attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP are here to help. With offices in Houston, our experienced maritime lawyers routinely represent clients who have been injured on the job. There are laws specifically designed to protect offshore and maritime workers against the financial consequences of job-related injuries, and our attorneys can use these laws to make sure you collect the compensation you deserve.
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If you would like more information about your legal rights following an accident at the Port of Houston, contact the law offices of Morrow & Sheppard LLP for a free consultation. You can reach us 24/7, so call (800) 489-2216 or tell us what happened online now.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.