Federal Law Prevents Injured Workers From Filing Suit


John Williams Jr.’s life changed irrevocably in 2014 when he was involved in a horrific crane accident while working at VT Halter shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Williams, an experienced crane operator, lost a significant portion of his skull, his vision and his independence. He suffered permanent, severe brain damage that left him with the mental capacity of a child. Despite a jury finding that VT Halter bore the most responsibility for Williams’ accident, the family could not sue the company because of a federal workers’ compensation law.

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