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Maritime Personal Injury

Who We Represent

About Us

Maritime Personal Injury

Maritime Personal Injury

If you were injured while in the service of your employer's vessel, you have rights.

Who We Represent

Who We Represent

We proudly fight for our nation's men and women who brave the perils of the sea.

About Us

About Us

Decades of maritime law experience and a lifetime of knowledge gained working on the high seas.

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Anderson Carey & Williams

Technology has done much to automate traditional worker roles throughout the decades, but it can never replace the hardworking men and women who work tirelessly on or around sea vessels. Seamen, longshoremen, and other maritime workers continue to bear the heavy and oftentimes hazardous burden of working in the maritime industry.

Safety training and proper equipment, when employed, can help minimize the occurrence of an accident, but human error, dangerous ship conditions, and the unpredictability of Mother Nature can quickly lead to a serious accident. What happens to the dockworker who lives in extreme pain from a repeated stress back injury? The fish processer who cannot work anymore due to an amputated limb? The grieving wife who lost her husband in a downed ship?

There is a legal system in place that can allow victims of maritime accidents or their loved ones in Washington and Oregon to pursue compensation after an accident. Because there is no traditional worker's compensation system available for seamen, this is done through legal action against the employer. Longshoremen may also seek a third-party claim against the ship-owner for injuries sustained aboard vessels.

Pursuing the compensation you or your loved one need does not have to add to your already heavy burden. An experienced maritime lawyer in Seattle or Portland can hold the employer and any other relevant parties accountable for the injuries you sustained. They can help navigate you through these difficult times and find a resolution that provides reasonable compensation in both the short-term and long-term. You have suffered enough – it's time to let somebody else fight on your behalf.

Maritime Lawyer Serving Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California

Throughout the years, the attorneys at Anderson Carey & Williams have earned an outstanding reputation in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Seattle of honest, hardworking representation for those affected by maritime accidents. We focus exclusively on maritime cases and regularly represent merchant mariners, seamen, dockworkers, and processers form a variety of backgrounds across the coast. Our clients understand that when we take on their case, we mean business.

We understand your concerns during these uncertain times. Perhaps you're unsure if a full medical recovery is possible and how long it will take. You're concerned how the lost wages will impact your family's ability to lead a normal life. Or you're worried that you will be blackballed from seeking employment in the future if you exercise your right to legal action. When you're being pressured to return to work, this can quickly turn into a storm of stress. Anderson Carey & Williams is here to help.

We pride ourselves on our proactive and thorough approach for every case we take coast-to-coast. This includes a deep investigation into liability as well as a full examination of the medical consequences of the accident. Our dedicated admiralty lawyers are experienced trial veterans but also strategic negotiators. If your situation benefits most from trial or settlement, we will vigorously pursue your goals and fight for maximum compensation.

With offices in Seattle and Bellingham, Washington, as well as Portland, Oregon, the maritime law firm is ready to start fighting for you. Over the past quarter century, our lawyers have handled hundreds of cases of shipboard injury, portside accidents, and wrongful death from coast to coast. We have conducted trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, and the Supreme Court of the United States resulting in court decisions establishing important maritime precedents.

Call 1-800-262-8529 to learn more about your legal options during a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Portland maritime lawyer at Anderson Carey & Williams. Our Washington and Oregon based law firm operates on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you do not pay a dime unless we make a financial recovery on your behalf. You are already going through a difficult time – let us pursue for your rights while you focus on recovery and your family.

Dedicated Maritime Attorneys With Passion and Respect for the High Seas

Since 1977, our law firm has worked hard on behalf of clients injured aboard ships of all sizes and classes. The members of our legal team at Anderson Carey & Williams share a lifelong love of sea life, including each of the partners.

If you've been injured in an accident on a ship, tug, barge, oil rig, or other maritime accident you need an advocate on your side who has the experience to represent your rights against the largest of companies.  More importantly, you need a Seattle admiralty lawyer who understands your way of life because they have passion for the maritime industry and know their way around the docks. At Anderson Carey & Williams you will always be represented by a lawyer highly experienced in Washington and Oregon maritime law who has a strong track record of success.

Decades of Experience in Routine and Complex Maritime Accident Cases

Our Seattle and Portland maritime attorneys have nearly a century of combined experience in civil litigation. We understand what it takes to prepare a strong case and spare no reasonable expense in fighting for your rights. From the moment you first contact our personal injury firm, you can see our commitment towards your cause. We confidently pursue your best interests, even against large shipping companies and multinational corporations.

Maritime law can be complex – it is in your best interests to work with an attorney highly focused on this aspect of law. At Anderson Carey & Williams, we have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients in a wide variety of maritime cases across the North Pacific and Atlantic coasts, including the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. Our deep insight extends to accidents involving slip and fall, explosions, factory processing accidents, equipment defects, unsafe ladders/causeway, port collisions, crane accidents, inadequate safety training, and unsafe working conditions.

We have seen the impact that a serious accident can have on a man physically and mentally. Lost limbs, head injuries, back injuries, repetitive use injuries, shoulder injuries, spinal cord injuries, and chemical burns aren't uncommon in the fast-paced maritime world. However, there is no excuse when the accident was caused by the employer or another third party.

Anderson Carey & Williams is proud to continue fighting for justice on behalf of commercial fishermen, dock workers, deckhands, ferry workers, oil rig workers, commercial divers and merchant mariners. While our Seattle maritime lawyers have successfully represented many cases throughout the years, recovering millions of dollars, they understand that no two cases are the same. Even if the general circumstances that resulted in the injuries are similar, it is the smallest details that can make the difference in strongly establishing liability and receiving maximum compensation.

Your Rights After a Maritime or Longshore Accident

Injured maritime workers and the immediate family members of those deceased in sea accidents are able to pursue legal recourse under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, and general maritime law. These laws exist for a reason and give injured seamen and dockworkers the right to pursue legal action and collect compensation in certain situations.

Some of the most important laws or types of laws include:

Who to file your claim against depends greatly on the specific circumstances and the applicable law. For instance, a Jones Act negligence claim is filed against your employer, while an unseaworthiness claim is filed against the ship's owner as well. Typically, we will file claims against both and argue both causes of action to help you receive the full compensation you need.

Top 5 Things for Injured Seamen and Dockworkers to Keep in Mind

After an accident, your world and that of your family can quickly turn upside down. With the stress of worrying about your present injuries and how you're going to return to work, you may inadvertently do something that can hurt your future legal case. There are certain actions that can impact your chances to receive a reasonable settlement to address the losses you sustained after the accident.

It's in your best interests to be mindful of the following:

Speak with a maritime lawyer in Washington or Oregon who you can trust to represent your interests. He or she can give you official legal advice and help you past many of these hurdles.

Proudly Representing Mariners Across Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California

We maintain offices in Bellingham and Seattle, Washington, as well as Portland, Oregon. Each member of the legal team at Anderson Carey & Williams shares a love of sea life and has a stake in protecting the rights of members of the community. Our clients come from all walks of life, backgrounds, and cultures.

Call 1-800-262-8529 to schedule your consultation, one-on-one with an attorney at Anderson Carey & Williams today. Your initial discussion with a qualified attorney (and never a paralegal or law clerk) is a prime opportunity to learn more about your legal options in a no-pressure setting. We always encourage our clients and even prospective clients to make the most informed decision they can, and provide the information critical to making this happen.

Don't wait until tomorrow to take control of your future after an accident. We have recovered millions on behalf of our clients. Let us help you today.

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Meet the Attorneys

David B. Anderson
David B. Anderson
Gordon T. Carey, Jr.
Gordon T. Carey, Jr.
Douglas R. Williams
Douglas R. Williams
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David B. Anderson, Gordon T. Carey, and Douglas R. Williams are proud members of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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This website was created solely for general information purposes. Nothing on this website should be construed as legal or medical advice. Only a maritime attorney or physician licensed to practice in your state can provide you with official guidance based on the specific details surrounding your situation. Additionally, contacting Anderson Carey & Williams via e-mail or phone does not create an attorney/client relationship. This relationship is only formed after a formal agreement has been made by both parties.