Maritime Law in Oregon

Oregon Maritime Injuries

The law(s) governing a maritime injury claim depends on where the incident occurred and what type of worker was involved.

Seamen employed by or otherwise attached to a vessel can likely depend on the Jones Act or the doctrine of unseaworthiness to recover for injuries suffered on the job due to employer or vessel owner negligence.

Workers primarily based shoreside, such as harbor workers, ship builders, and longshoremen, will likely be covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Unlike the Jones Act, the LHWCA it is not a tort-related law; rather, it is a form of protection that operates much like Oregon workers’ compensation.

Whether your maritime injury claim qualifies for damages under the Jones Act, the doctrine of unseaworthiness or another general maritime law, Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP can build a strong case for your injury and pursue maximum damages through the appropriate maritime legal venue.


Home to the nation’s largest wheat export gateway and the largest deep-water port between San Francisco and Puget Sound, the maritime industry in Oregon plays an important part in the nation’s cargo operations business. Approximately $14 billion in imports and $20 billion in exports moved through the Port of Portland in 2015. From work on freighters to cargo handling in ports and harbors, maritime employment in Oregon is thriving.

Whether you are a deckhand at the Port of Portland, a longshoreman at the Port of Coos Bay, or a fish processor based out of Astoria, your job in the maritime industry comes with a higher degree of risk than many other occupations. If your employer, vessel owner, or other party failed to act with a certain duty of reasonable care to minimize these risks and you suffered an injury, you may have a case for negligence or other claims under maritime law.

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Prominent Oregon Ports

The busiest ports in Oregon include:

  • Port of Alsea
  • Port of Arlington
  • Port of Astoria
  • Port of Bandon
  • Port of Brookings Harbor
  • Port of Cascade Locks
  • Port of Coos Bay
  • Port of Coquille River
  • Port of Garibaldi
  • Port of Gold Beach
  • Port of Hood River
  • Port of Morrow
  • Port of Nehalem
  • Port of Newport
  • Port of Orford
  • Port of Portland
  • Port of Siuslaw
  • Port of St. Helens
  • Port of The Dalles
  • Port of Tillamook Bay
  • Port of Toledo
  • Port of Umatilla
  • Port of Umpqua

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List of Important Oregon Bodies of Water

The most important bodies of water for maritime claims in the state of Oregon include:

  • Chetco Cove
  • Columbia River
  • Coquille River
  • Devils Cauldron
  • Haynes Inlet
  • Hungryman Cove
  • Hunters Cove
  • Kentuck Inlet
  • Mack Arch Cove
  • Macklyn Cove
  • Nehalem Bay
  • Smith River
  • Smuggler Cove
  • Umpqua River
  • Youngs River

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BOATLAW, LLP | Maritime Injury Attorneys in Portland, Oregon

If you are a maritime employee who has suffered an injury in any of the maritime centers of Oregon, the experienced lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP can work with you to determine negligence on the part of your employer, vessel owner, or other party.

Driven by their own passion for maritime pursuits and decades of combined experience serving clients like you, the experienced maritime attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP know what it takes to fight for maximum compensation in your Oregon maritime injury case.

To find out what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP can do for you, call 1-800-262-8529 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.