Factory Trawler Accidents
Fish processors and others working on factory trawlers have hazardous jobs, even compared to other maritime professions. Factory trawler accidents can cause a slew of serious injuries, including:
- Crushed or shattered bones
- Major cuts
- Avulsion injuries
- Trauma to the head, neck, or back
- Loss of limbs
If you have suffered injuries in a factory trawler accident, contact Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP. Our attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP can help you navigate these difficult times and recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and California Factory Trawler Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a factory trawler accident, you should seek a qualified maritime lawyer that can represent you in your case. Under the Jones Act and general maritime law, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injury if it was caused by defective equipment or the negligence of an employer. Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP can help you secure the damages you need to recover financially.
To secure a free consultation with Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today. We serve clients in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and California.
- Potential Causes Of Injuries From Factory Trawler Accidents
- Compensation For Injuries From A Factory Trawler Accident
- Statute Of Limitations (SOL)
- Additional Resources
Injuries may be caused by factory trawler accidents in a variety of ways. Some potential causes are:
- Improper assembly or calibration of the factory trawler or other machinery or equipment used in the operation of the factory trawler
- Defective systems in the factory trawler or other machinery
- Improper maintenance of the factory trawler or other machinery or equipment
- Mechanical failures of the factory trawler or other machinery or equipment
- Excessive speed of the factory trawler or other machinery or equipment
- Equipment overloaded
- Safety equipment for the factory trawler not provided or otherwise inadequate for the job
- Fatigued or overly tired employee operating the factory trawler or other equipment
- Lighting not sufficient for safe operation of the factory trawler
- Poor training related to the use and safety of the factory trawler
- Not enough people working on the factory trawler to create a safe environment
- The factory trawler or other equipment not safely and adequately secured
Multiple avenues to compensation might be available to an individual injured by a factory trawler accident, depending on the specifics of the case.
Maintenance And Cure
If an individual is injured by a factory trawler, one possible source of compensation may be the common law concept of maintenance and cure. This doctrine requires employers to compensate injured seaman by paying for their basic expenses while they heal (maintenance) and medical expenses (cure).
The Jones Act
If an individual is injured by a factory trawler, another possible source of compensation may be the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known as the Jones Act, which allows an injured seaman to bring a claim for an injury caused by their employer’s negligence. If the negligence of an employer or a crew member contributed at all to the injury, a claim may be brought under the Jones Act, even if the contribution was quite small. In a case filed under the Jones Act, an injured individual may seek damages for: lost earnings, lost earning capacity, medical expenses (past, present, and future), pain and suffering (past, present, and future), and mental anguish (past, present, and future).
If a ship (such as a factory trawler) is not seaworthy, the ship’s owner may be liable for any injuries that occur on the ship. This is the doctrine of unseaworthiness.
The Longshore And Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
If an individual is injured working on a factory trawler or in proximity to a factory trawler, and the individual is not a seaman (e.g., they are a longshoreman or shipbuilder), they may be entitled to compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).
The Death On The High Seas Act
If an individual’s spouse, parent, or child died while working on a factory trawler at sea, they may be entitled to compensation under the Death on the High Seas Act. This federal law requires negligence or a wrongful act against the victim for the individual to recover.
- Maintenance and cure – three years
- Jones Act – three years
- Doctrine of unseaworthiness – three years
- LHWCA – one year
- Death on the High Seas Act – three years
OSHA Fall Protection Guide – A fall protection safety fact sheet provided by OSHA.
OSHA Standards For Marine Equipment – To learn more about standards for marine equipment, the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a brochure.
Factory Trawler Accident Attorneys | Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California
If you were injured in a factory trawler accident, our maritime lawyers at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP know what it takes to achieve a successful maritime injury outcome. We can determine the source of the negligence and secure optimal compensation for your injuries. With over two decades of experience in maritime law, our attorneys can build a successful legal strategy for your case.
To schedule your first consultation with Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP today, call 1 (800) 262-8529. We serve injured clients in Washington, California, Alaska and Oregon.