The port can be a tight space and requires careful maneuvering on the part of the captain of the ship or whoever is responsible for navigation. Any mistake could cause the ship to collide with another vessel docked or also going into harbor, into land or with structures in the port. A port collision can cause many injuries, both to the people on the ship causing the collision and to the people the ship is colliding into. Various federal laws allow those injured to seek compensation for their damages.
If you were injured due to an accident near harbor involving a ship hitting another ship or anything else, a Washington port collision lawyer can help you recover. Whether you were on the ship, structure or surface collided into or a crew member on the ship that was the one colliding, a maritime injury attorney from Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can fight for you.
Call us today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in federal courts throughout the Pacific Northwest, including in Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Northern California.
A seaman on board a ship performing his or her job is covered under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also called the "Jones Act." The Jones Act allows seamen who are injured due to negligence to seek compensation from their employers for injuries.
A port collision may occur because the captain or other person in charge of navigation was not sufficiently careful. A responsible captain knows to be very careful when heading into a harbor, as there are many hazards. The failure to show reasonable caution may constitute negligence.
A collision victim may also seek compensation from the vessel owner if the crash was caused because the ship was unseaworthy. Problems with the engine or rudder that cause the ship to go too fast or lack precision in turning may show that the ship was not fit to be in the water.
If you were on a ship that was collided into, an attorney can assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve from the responsible party.
A ship can also run aground or smash into structures in the port. For the many people working in the harbor, this can cause serious and even deadly injuries. When such an accident happens, injured workers should seek legal counsel to assist them in obtaining the compensation they deserve from the responsible parties.
Additionally, longshoremen, harbor workers, port crane operators, stevedores and others hurt in a port collision can recover through the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act. The LHWCA operates similarly to worker's compensation. A qualifying employee can receive up to two-thirds of their weekly pay while they are on leave for medical reasons, as well as all reasonable medical expenses.
If the employer for any reason delays or denies payments, an attorney can help obtain the compensation the employee deserves.
If you've been hurt while working on a ship or at a harbor when either the ship you are on or another ship crashed, a Washington port collision lawyer can assist you in recovering your damages. At Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, we represent maritime workers who have been injured on the job. Call us today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule a consultation.
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