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Oregon and The Jones Act

The town of Astoria has a long and historic tradition of commercial fishing, cruising, recreational boating, and other water related activities. Many Oregonians work in the waters surrounding and nearby the town and, sometimes, workers are injured by the negligence of their employers or fellow employees.

If you work on a boat or at sea, there are certain claims that you can file under the Jones Act if you have been injured. The Jones Act allows injured seamen and their families to receive compensation for medical care, loss of wages, and other damages sustained from a work-related injury.

Jones Act Lawyers in Astoria, Oregon

If you have been injured at work in Oregon, the port of Astoria, or Clatsop county, it is important to speak with the knowledgeable attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC. Our lawyers realize the importance of receiving compensation for your injuries and will fight to get you the money you’re owed.

The main goal of filing a civil claim for damages is to restore a victim back to where they were before the injury took place; financially and physically.

Call the Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC at 1 (800) 262-8529 today for a free evaluation of your case. With offices located throughout the Pacific Northwest in Bellingham and Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California for your convenience.


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What is 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 the accident, 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 Act and can effectively represent your claim.


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Common Jones Act Claims


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Areas we serve in Astoria, Oregon

Astoria, Oregon has a population of about 17,000 and is located right by Columbia river, sunset beach, and Oregon. We serve Astoria, Oregon which is only miles away from the Pacific Ocean area with a convenient office located in Portland, OR.

Zip Code: 97103


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Astoria, Oregon Resources

Although the Jones Act is a Federal Statute, you can file a Jones Act claim in either state or federal court. The “savings to suitors clause” provides that admiralty claims can be filed in state courts when the claimant also has a common law cause of action.

Below is a list of the various courts in Astoria, Oregon, and the U.S District Court located in Portland, OR where you may file your maritime claim:

Clatsop Circuit Court
Clatsop County Court
749 Commercial St.
Astoria, OR
(503) 325-8555

US District Court Federal Courthouse
1000 S.W. Third Ave.
Portland, OR
(503) 326-8000
Open until 4:30 PM

Astoria Municipal Court City Courthouse
1095 Duane St.
Astoria, OR
(503) 325-3939


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Additional Resources

Clatsop Marine Patrol – Clatsop County’s Sherriff’s Marine Patrol is responsible for the safety and enforcement of boating laws on Clatsop County’s rivers, lakes, and waterways.

MARAD – Find information about maritime acts and programs on the Maritime Administration’s website. The Maritime Administration is an agency within the U.S Department of Transportation that deals with waterborne transportation.


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Clatsop County Jones Act Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been injured in Portland or Astoria, Oregon or the surrounding areas of Clatsop or Multnomah county contact the attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC by calling 1 (800) 262-8529 today.

The attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC have a remarkable reputation in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, and throughout the Pacific Northwest representing maritime employees who have been injured at work. Our lawyers provide honest and fair representation for maritime workers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Contact us today, your first consultation is free. Don’t settle for less than what you are owed.


This article was last updated on Monday, March 18, 2019.

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