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Maritime and Admiralty Law in Alaska

Alaska is the largest state the United States located just north of California, Oregon, and Washington. It has a maritime border with the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and the Pacific Ocean. About half of Alaska’s residents live in the city of Anchorage, which has a population of about 291,826 people.

Alaska’s economy is dominated by the fishing, natural gas, mining, and oil industries. It is the northernmost state in the United States and is bordered by Yukon and the British of Columbia in Canada.

When a seaman or offshore worker is injured they may be eligible to file a claim for Maintenance and Cure, Unearned Wages, Unseaworthiness, Wrongful Death, and Negligence to name a few. Seamen are referred to by Courts as the “wards of admiralty” which means that they are protected by many unique maritime laws based on the field in which they live and work.

Unlike shore-side workers, an injured seaman is not covered by Workers’ Compensation laws. Rather, the seaman may bring a claim under the Jones Act for the negligence of an employer, a captain, and fellow crewmembers. Under the general maritime law of unseaworthiness, a vessel owner owes all seamen working on its vessel an absolute duty to assure all vessel equipment and crew are fit for their intended purposes.

A seaman injured or killed due to faulty vessel equipment is entitled to compensation. The vessel employer has a no-fault obligation to provide injured seaman payment for medical bills and maintenance for injuries occurring while the seaman is in the service of the vessel.


Alaska Maritime Attorneys 

The attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC have represented injured seamen and their families in claims against vessel owners, maritime employers, and maritime insurance companies throughout Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and California.

If you or a loved one have been injured in Anchorage, Kodiak, or Unalaska, Alaska contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC today. It is important for you to know your rights so that you get all that you are entitled to. Call 1 (800) 262-8529 today for a free initial consultation.


Alaska and the Jones Act

The Jones Act was passed in 1920 to help injured seamen recover.  Working on or around water can be very dangerous and maritime workers have an increased risk of on the job injury. Depending on the circumstances of an incident, injured workers may be days away from medical care in the case of an emergency.

As a result, the Jones Act provides special legal remedies to help ensure that injured seamen get appropriate compensation and care following an injury.  Because the Jones Act is very complex, it is important to speak with the attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC who are familiar with the issues and benefits of the Jones Act and can effectively represent your claim.


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Area’s We Serve in Alaska


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Alaska Resources

Anchorage Court System
825 W 4th Ave
Anchorage AK 99501-2004
(907) 264-0514

Kodiak Court System
204 Mission Road, Rm 124
Kodiak AK 99615-7312
(907) 486-1600

Unalaska Court System
204 West Broadway Ave
Unalaska, AK 99685-0245
(907) 581-1379

Appellate Courts
303 K Street
Anchorage AK 99501-2084
(907) 264-0612

http://alaska.gov/

Jones Act & Alaska Forest Products Trade: Visit this website to see the effects of the Jones Act on the Alaska forest products trade.

Alaska Court System: View this website to see information about the different courts one will need to go to in order to file a maritime claim.


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Maritime Attorneys in Alaska 

For those hurt in a maritime accident at sea or offshore, contact the attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC as soon as possible. We have successfully recovered compensation on behalf of our clients for over 40 years. We proudly serve the Anchorage, Kodiak, and Unalaska, Alaska area.

It is in your best interest to not discuss any details of your claim or incident with anyone other than our attorneys in order to protect your rights. Contact the lawyers at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC by calling 1 (800) 262-8529 to request a free and confidential consultation.

This page was last updated on February 14, 2017

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