Right to Compensation

An employer must provide their crew a reasonably safe place to work. When a seaman qualifies for compensation, the seaman is eligible to sue their employer or the vessel itself for negligence or unseaworthiness, respectively, if they feel their safety aboard the vessel is compromised.

If you or a loved one have been denied your right to compensation by an employer, it is advisable to contact an attorney with experience in maritime law, who can fight for your right to proper compensation.

Attorneys for Compensation Claims in Washington, California, Alaska, and Oregon

At Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP, ensuring seamen are properly compensated for their injury and the expenses it entails is our top concern. If you or a loved one was injured on a vessel in the Pacific Northwest or the surrounding areas and haven’t received proper compensation, contact Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP for a free, no obligation consultation.

To qualify for compensation, a seaman must have:

  • contributed to the accomplishment of a vessel’s mission or function;
  • been injured while in service to a vessel in navigation; and
  • have a substantial connection to the vessel both in nature and duration.

Unsafe working conditions while on a ship include:

  • Grease or oil that was left on deck and was not cleaned properly
  • Poor machinery maintenance
  • Improperly trained crew
  • Exposure to unsafe working methods

Compensation Claim Resources

Inside the Jones Act – Learn your rights on the high seas and what compensation claims seaman can make. Maritime law exists to keep seamen safe at all times.

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Attorneys for Compensation Claims in the Pacific Northwest

If you or your loved one was injured while working on a vessel in the Pacific Northwest or any of the surrounding areas, you may be entitled to compensation. At Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP, our maritime attorneys represent clients throughout the Pacific Northwest, with offices in  Bellingham and Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA. Call 1 (800) 262-8529 today for a free no obligation consultation to review your case with a maritime attorney.


  • The Maritime Law Association of The United States
    The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) was founded in 1899. Its formation was prompted by the organization, some three years earlier, of the International Maritime Committee.
  • Washington State Bar Association
    The Washington State Bar Association operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court to license the state's nearly 40,000 lawyers and other legal professionals.
  • Oregon State Bar
    The Oregon State Bar is a government agency in the U.S. state of Oregon. Founded in 1890 as the private Oregon Bar Association, it became a public entity in 1935 that regulates the legal profession.
  • Alaska Bar Association
    The Alaska Bar Association is a mandatory bar association responsible to the Alaska Supreme Court for the admission and discipline process of attorneys for the State of Alaska.