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Factory Processing Accidents

In the Bering Sea alone, it is estimated that as many as 12,000 fish processors work aboard factory processing vessels such as freezer trawlers, factory stern trawlers, factory bottom longliners, factory barges, and purse seiners each year. When you consider the number of factory processing ships and barges in all the waters near Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington, that number can be overwhelming – and so can the number of possible injuries.

Plus, that number doesn't even take into account the masters, fish masters, mates, engineers, fishery observers, stewards, technicians, or other crewmembers who work and may also suffer injury aboard a processing vessel. No matter your station on a factory barge or other processing ship, an experienced maritime injury attorney serving Washington and Oregon can help you recover the compensation you need for your factory processing injury.

Factory Processing Accident Attorney for Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington

The working conditions on a factory processing vessel can be critical when it comes to whether or not an injury is suffered. If you have suffered injury on a factory ship in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Puget Sound, or other waters near Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, or Hawaii, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Bellingham, Seattle, and Portland.

Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski will make sure you get the compensation you deserve for the injury you sustained and pursue damages against any liable parties under the Jones Act or unseaworthiness doctrine. To find out what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can do for your factory processing injury case in the Pacific Northwest, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.


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Causes of Factory Processing Accidents  

One of the benefits of working on a factory processing vessel such as a freezer trawler or a factory bottom longliner is the long hours available to the enterprising and determined worker. Unfortunately, this is also one of the biggest risks involved with the job. Insufficient rest and worker fatigue can cause mental and physical exhaustion, diminished reaction time, and decreased alertness and concentration. There are many other risks involved in working on a fish processing vessel such as a factory barge that can cause many accidents, especially on an unseaworthy vessel, including the following:

On factory ships, about 40 percent of accidents occur on the fishing deck, 34% on the factory deck, six percent in the engine room, and three percent in storage. These accidents can result in life-changing injuries and often can be prevented. An experienced Pacific Northwest maritime injury attorney can help determine negligence and assist you in pursuing damages for your Jones Act  or unseaworthiness factory processing injury or pursue other options like extended maintenance and cure. It is best to report your injury to your supervisor and receive any urgent medical care before contacting an Oregon maritime injury lawyer.


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Types of Injuries on Factory Processing Vessels

The most common causes of injury on both factory processing ships and other maritime commerce vessels include being squeezed under or against an object, stepping on an object, slip and fall, trip and fall, being struck by an object, lifting or carrying an object, or handling a tool or instrument. Considering the heavy machinery, freezers, and sharp instruments aboard a factory ship, these injuries can be substantial.

Contact an experienced maritime injury attorney serving  fish processing vessel injuries in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, North Pacific, and other bodies of water near Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, and Hawaii if you have suffered any of the following or another injury on board a factory processing vessel:


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Recoverable Damages for Factory Processing Injuries

Whether you are a fish processor, factory technician, chief engineer, fish master, or mate, your maritime employer is obligated to provide you with maintenance and cure under maritime law for injuries suffered during your duties. Additionally, if negligence such as unseaworthiness contributed to your injury, you have cause for civil action against the liable maritime company, like the vessel owner, under general maritime law. Maritime employer negligence is governed by the Jones Act.

An experienced Seattle maritime injury attorney can help you ensure you are given fair maintenance and cure, as well as fight for additional payments, when necessary. Additionally, a qualified maritime injury lawyer in Washington and Oregon can look for negligence in your factory processing injury claim and hold the liable maritime company responsible for things like your medical expenses, rehabilitative expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and disability. This can be accomplished through a negotiated settlement or by taking the negligence or unseaworthiness case to trial.


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Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski Maritime Injury Lawyer in Portland and Seattle for Factory Processing Accidents

If you have been injured on a factory processing vessel, such as a mother ship or factory trawler, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Seattle, Portland, and Bellingham. They use their decades of combined experience to serve maritime injury cases coast-to-coast, such as those suffered in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Puget Sound, Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, and other waters in and around Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Your first consultation with Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule yours.

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