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.
- David B. Anderson, Partner, is a Seattle native who owned and operated a tug/barge company. Even before he obtained his driver's license as a young boy, he was operating at the helm of sail and powerboats up to 40 feet in length.
- Gordon T. Carey, Jr., Partner, has nearly 40 years of experience in civil litigation. He has several high profile victories to his name and has played a major role in achieving favorable settlements in several noteworthy federal maritime cases, which have helped shape modern maritime law.
- Douglas R. WIlliams, Partner, was raised in a military family and spent much of his youth aboard vessels with his father, a chief medical officer. His past legal experience also extends to litigation for insurance companies in maritime injury claims, giving him additional insights.
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:
- Jones Act: The Jones Act, or Merchant Marine Law of 1920, helps seamen who are injured at work recover for their injuries. It includes claims for negligence, in which an employer or your coworker fails to act within their expected duty of care.
- Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act: The LHWCA covers stevedores, dock workers, crane operators and other land-based maritime employees. It operates similarly to workers' compensation in that it entitles employees injured on the job to benefits while they are undergoing medical care.
- Death on the High Seas Act: DOHSA allows family members and loved ones to recover if a seaman or passenger is killed outside the territorial waters of the United States. While DOHSA does not cover loss of consortium, it does allow loved ones to recover for funeral expenses and loss of support.
- General Maritime Law: If your or your loved one's injury is not covered under a specific statute, if might be covered under general maritime law. Under general maritime law, you are also guaranteed a right to maintenance and cure. This means that, after an illness, you should receive payments for your medical care while you recover. Additionally, general maritime law gives seamen a cause of action for unseaworthiness when a ship or its equipment is not reasonably fit for its intended purpose.
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:
- Do see a doctor as soon as you're able after an accident. This helps you obtain the care you need and creates another level of documentation for your injury claim. You are entitled to be treated by a doctor of your choosing. Under the Maintenance and Cure doctrine, you are entitled to compensation for medical expenses.
- Do not give a statement, official or otherwise, to your employer or their insurance company. While you may have a positive relationship with other crew members, this does not mean they are on your side. Your words may be used to build a case against you by your employer and its insurance company.
- Do consult with an attorney before agreeing to a settlement. Businesses are highly concerned with their profits and bottom line. Paying you the honest compensation you need to pay for your medical expenses and related losses is not in this interest. They may shortchange you, leaving you high and dry down the road. An experienced attorney can make sure you're not being taken advantage of.
- Do not go back to work until you are physically and mentally recovered. You may feel pressure from an employer to hurry back. It's unadvisable to return to work without clearance from your personal physician. You do not want to aggravate your injuries and potentially sustain permanent damage. If you are pursuing a legal claim, consult with your attorney if returning to work is the best option.
- Do file a maritime accident claim as soon after the accident as possible. Not only are you limited in the time you can act and file a claim after an accident, a lengthy delay can weaken your case. Keep in mind that certain evidence, statements, and documentation are time-sensitive and can affect your available legal options.
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.