Cleanup crews are already at work to sop up the oil, but it is clear that this is a major spill that will require extensive investigation and a long court battle.
(PRWEB) April 09, 2014
Attorney Mike Doyle from the offshore injury law firm Doyle Raizner LLP was interviewed as an expert source on marine accident law for a news story broadcast by Houston, Texas news station Local 2 ( KPRC-TV). The story focused on the oil spill that occurred in the Port of Houston on March 24, 2014. Attorney Doyle discussed methods investigators could use to determine what caused a tow vessel and a barge to collide. His comments were included in the Local 2 news story titled “Company Background Check” which was aired as a broadcast segment and posted on the news outlet’s website on March 24.
The marine accident occurred when the Miss Susan, a tow vessel, collided with a barge that was carrying 924,000 gallons of fuel oil reported KPRC-TV. According to the US Coast Guard, at least 160,000 gallons of the fuel oil was believed to have spilled into the Houston Ship Channel. Two crewmembers aboard the tow vessel were hospitalized for hydrogen sulfide exposure. Kirby Inland Marine owned both ships involved in the accident. The Local 2 news story mentioned that attorney Doyle has experience fighting companies like Kirby Inland Marine to compensate workers for their injuries.
Houston attorney Doyle stated that data is key in these types of investigations. He said to Local 2 that there might be black box type information and radar information that could be looked at, as well as people to interview. Furthermore, he noted the port has its own systems for monitoring vessels and this data could also be examined.
According to the Local 2 news report, the Miss Susan tow vessel had been involved in two other collisions, in addition to 11 other incidents in the past. It is unknown whether the same captain piloting the Miss Susan at the time of the collision was involved in any of these other situations.
“Cleanup crews are already at work to sop up the oil, but it is clear that this is a major spill that will require extensive investigation,” said Doyle.
Doyle Raizner LLP has a legal team with experience in maritime accident law, and has fought companies like Kirby Inland Marine and others in the past to compensate workers for their injuries. Individuals who have been injured while working on a vessel, please contact the offices of Doyle Raizner LLP for a free consultation by calling 713-554-9077.
About Doyle Raizner LLP:
Doyle Raizner LLP is a national law firm with offices in Houston and Phoenix. The firm represents persons working on marine vessels and at land-based facilities throughout the Gulf Coast region from Texas to Florida. Attorneys with the firm strive to recover maximum monetary compensation for damages suffered by their clients.
Injured marine workers are entitled to full compensation under the Jones Act for the impact their injuries have on their livelihood. Doyle Raizner LLP lawyers understand maritime law and how it affects a person’s rights to a claim for maritime injuries. Michael Doyle champions the rights of those who have been injured or wronged, with a strong track record of recovering damages for victims and their families. He can be contacted at:
Doyle Raizner LLP 1221 McKinney Suite 4100 Houston, TX 77010 713-571-1146