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Maritime Law in Bellingham, Washington

The city of Bellingham, Washington has a long maritime history that includes shipbuilding and ship repair, cargo operations, and commercial fishing. Bellingham is also home to the southern terminal of the Alaska Marine Highway System and has an active waterfront port that supports fishing, charter cruises, leisure boating, sailing, shipping, and marina operations.

Many passenger vessels leave for cruises around Bellingham and Chuckanut Bay to the San Juan Islands for whale watching and sunset cruises.

Many families in Bellingham, Washington have subsisted on the sea for generations, but sometimes the legacy is jeopardized when an accident occurs. Injuries at sea can affect anyone, from captains to deckhands to passengers, and their families. Dock and harbor workers are also susceptible to injuries.

Bellingham, WA Maritime and Admiralty Lawyer

If you were injured as a maritime worker in Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, or Everett, Washington, contact the experienced maritime lawyers at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC to discuss your case. We focus our practice on maritime law, which typically governs the accidents and injuries involving those employed in the maritime industry.

We represent merchant mariners, fish processors, commercial fisherman, tugboat crew, and other seaman injured on the job. We also represent passengers injured in recreational boating accidents aboard recreational vessels, ferries, and cruise ships.

Federal and state laws recognize the special circumstances under which maritime employees operate. A dedicated maritime attorney with intimate knowledge of the laws can make help you get the compensation you deserve in Bellingham, Washington.


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Common Maritime Personal Injuries

The attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC have nearly 100 years of combined experience in civil litigation of maritime law disputes. We represent clients on any number of maritime issues, including:

  • Recovering damages for merchant mariners under the Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920
  • Vessel sinking, groundings, or collisions
  • Unseaworthiness of a vessel
  • Maintenance and Cure (recovery of living expenses and medical expenses for injury or illness suffered in the service of a ship)
  • Wrongful death
  • Recovering damages under the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, or general maritime law
  • Maritime employment contract disputes
  • Injuries, including:
    • Back injuries
    • Shoulder injuries
    • Repetitive use injuries
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Neck injuries
    • Knee injuries
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Lost limbs or amputated fingers or toes
    • Broken bones
    • Assault
    • Battery
    • Burns
  • Accidents, including:
    • Hypothermia
    • Drowning
    • Unsafe worker conditions
    • Inadequate training or safety measures
    • Cargo operations
    • Slip and fall/trip and fall
    • Cruise ship injuries
    • Crane accidents
    • Defective equipment
    • Factory processing accidents
    • Port collisions
    • Explosions
    • Toxic exposures

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Eligible Claimants for Maritime and Admiralty Law Claims

We represent those injured working in the service of a ship as well as those passengers on leisure vessels, including:

  • Dock and shipyard workers (longshoremen and stevedores)
  • Commercial fishermen
  • Tugboat crews
  • Ferry workers
  • Barge workers and tanker men
  • Deckhands
  • Commercial Divers
  • Boat or ship passengers, including cruise ship passengers
  • Recreational boating accident victims

The qualified attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC understand admiralty and maritime laws as they apply to maritime operations in the port of Bellingham, WA. For nearly 40 years, they have established a solid track record of recovering damages from liable parties in maritime lawsuits filed in Bellingham, Washington.

The U.S. Constitution invests federal courts with original jurisdiction over maritime cases, although certain maritime cases may be heard in state courts pursuant to the Savings to Suitors Clause. In those instances, the federal maritime law provides the substantive law, while state laws of procedure govern.


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Some Areas We Serve in Bellingham, Washington

  • 98225
  • 98226
  • 98229

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Additional Maritime Law Resources for Bellingham, WA

Contact information for state and federal courthouses appears below.

Whatcom County District Court
311 Grand Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 778-5400

United States District Court
Western District of Washington
Bellingham Municipal Court Building
2014 C Street, 2nd Floor Courtroom
Bellingham, WA 98225

Note: All federal filings must go through the Seattle, Washington U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, located at:

700 Stewart St.
Suite 2310
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 370-8400


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Find a Bellingham Washington Maritime Personal Injury Lawyer

Contact Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC today at 1 (800) 262-8529 if you were injured in a boating incident in Bellingham, Washington, or elsewhere in Whatcom County to discuss your case with one of our knowledgeable maritime law attorneys. We have decades of experience in both routine and complex maritime cases in Bellingham, Washington. We can guide you through the claim process while working to recover compensation for your injuries.


This article was last updated on Friday, September 14, 2018.

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  • 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
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  • Oregon State Bar
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  • Alaska Bar Association
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