The state of Washington, and especially the Seattle metropolitan area, is a major maritime industry hub, with over 3,200 miles of shoreline, and 75 port districts. Significant amounts of trade with Asia go through the ports of the Puget Sound. The Columbia and Snake Rivers are home to several barge operations, the shipbuilding industry has four major yards in Seattle, and the commercial fishing industry has over 300 companies that call Washington home. The Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma combined make the Northwest Seaport Alliance and are the third largest container complex in North America.
This thriving maritime industry provides thousands of Washington residents with employment, but not without risk. Maritime occupations have some of the highest levels of injury in the workforce. If you are a Washington seaman, dockworker, deckhand, officer, longshoreman, or other maritime employees in Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, Olympia, or anywhere else in the state and have suffered injury, the experienced Washington maritime injury lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can evaluate your case and help you determine the best recovery option for you.
If the negligence of a vessel owner, maritime employer, or other maritime entity contributed to your injury, you have a right to recover damages under maritime law. If you are a seaman or a harbor worker who has suffered injury anywhere in Washington, including Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, Olympia, Vancouver, Everett, Anacortes, Willapa Bay, or the Columbia River, contact the experienced Seattle and Bellingham maritime injury attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski.
With decades of combined experience and a drive that originates in their own passion for maritime business and pleasure pursuits, the maritime injury lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski have what it takes to fight for maximum compensation in your case. To find out what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can do for your maritime injury case in Washington, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.
The experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Seattle and Bellingham are both passionate and knowledgeable about the maritime industry in Washington. Maritime law involving injuries to maritime workers can be quite complicated, whether you are a dockworker at the inland ports of Clarkson and Tri-Cities or an able-bodied seaman docked at the seaports of Grays Harbor and Puget Sound.
If you are a shoreside worker injured on the job, such as a longshoreman, harbor worker, ship builder, or shipyard worker, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) most likely applies to you. This is not a tort-related law, but rather a protection that operates under the same premise as workers’ compensation in Washington. Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski represents longshoremen, harbor workers, and other maritime employees shoreside in Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, Olympia, and elsewhere in Washington when a case can be brought against a vessel owner for unseaworthiness or a third party for something like defective maritime equipment.
For seamen involved in the container ships, passenger transportation vessels, ocean carriers, commercial fishing vessels, barges, domestic shipping vessels, and other boats that support Washington’s maritime economy, a maritime injury claim may be brought under the Jones Act, the unseaworthiness doctrine, or general federal maritime law depending on where the injury occurred and who is liable for the injury. For instance, a seaman on a vessel near a shipyard in Seattle may have a different claim than a commercial fisherman in the North Pacific with the same injury.
The experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski pride themselves on their skills in differentiating which maritime injury claims fall under what maritime law, establishing a strong case for negligence, and fighting for the compensation you deserve for the injury you suffered due to negligence in the maritime industry. If you have suffered an injury as a seaman, longshoreman, or another maritime employee in Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, Olympia, Vancouver, Everett, Anacortes, Willapa Bay, or anywhere else in or around Washington, contact Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski to fight for maximum compensation in your case.
As such a prominent maritime hub, it comes as no surprise that Washington is a state that employs many seamen. In fact, over 300 seafood companies call Washington their homeport and Washington is second only to Alaska in seafood production. Additionally, Washington is home to an extensive ferry system that is the largest in the United States and second largest ferry system in the world for number of vehicles carried. These and other Washington maritime industries give deckhands, engineers, fish masters, fish processors, mooring crew, mates, and officers ample opportunity for employment throughout Washington, including Puget Sound, Skagit Bay, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Saratoga Passage, Bellingham Bay, Grays Harbor, and Willapa Bay.
If the seaman’s maritime employer or the owner of the vessel is negligent, however, there is also ample opportunity for injury to the seaman. Both the vessel owner and the seaman’s employer have a duty of reasonable care to mitigate the risk of injury constantly present in a maritime environment to the seaman. Failure to provide such a degree of care is negligence by the employer, and failure to provide a seaworthy vessel is negligence by the vessel owner.
For instance, if a fish processor is injured in a factory processing accident in the North Pacific due to insufficient or defective equipment, the vessel owner is likely liable for that injury under the doctrine of unseaworthiness. A ferry worker injured in Puget Sound due to the lack of safety training by his or her maritime employer has a cause of action under the Jones Act. Other claims for negligence may be pursued under general or federal maritime law as well, including the negligence of third parties, but the assistance of an experienced maritime injury lawyer such as those at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Bellingham and Seattle is highly recommended due to the complicated nature of the law.
If you are a maritime employee such as a commercial fisherman, merchant marine, or ship builder and have been injured on the job in Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, Olympia, Vancouver, or anywhere else in Washington, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski today. They will build a strong case of negligence where necessary and fight for fair compensation for your injuries under the Jones Act, the unseaworthiness doctrine, the LHWCA, and other maritime laws. Your first consultation is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 and schedule yours today.
This article was last updated on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.