Commercial fishing is a dangerous and deadly business, especially when it comes to the icy, windswept, high-risk waters of the North Pacific. Despite these dangers, a commercial fishing company still has a high duty of care towards its workers on its docks and on board its ships. Failure to provide basic safety measures to prevent injury is considered negligence, and if you suffer injury or death due to these actions (or lack thereof) you and your family have a right to compensation under maritime law. An experienced Oregon maritime injury lawyer can help you pursue maximum damages for your commercial fishing accident.
At Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, we have decades of experience coast-to-coast serving all kinds of seamen, whether they are employed aboard a fishing vessel in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, or Gulf of Alaska, or harborside in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, California, or Florida. When it comes to commercial fishermen, we have seen all kinds of cases and worked with hundreds of fishermen injured aboard crabbers, trawlers, longliners, crab and scallop boats, sword and tuna boats, shrimpers, gillnetters, processing vessels, and factory ships. If you are concerned about the amount you are receiving in maintenance and cure for your commercial fishing boat injury, consult with our experienced Seattle maritime injury attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski. Your first consultation is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule yours today.
Commercial Fishing Maritime Injury Information Center
Commercial fishing boats are full of risk for all kinds of accidents and injuries. This danger and the resulting high reward for success are often what draw fishermen to the trade. Careful training and implementation of safety procedures can usually prevent most accidents. However, some companies are not as meticulous about these measures as they should be because they are more concerned with their revenue than the safety of their workers. Injuries frequently occur due to this kind of negligence resulting in the following accidents:
When these types of accidents and injuries occur due to a commercial fishing company's negligence, you have a right to pursue damages under the Jones Act and general maritime law. An experienced injured commercial fisherman attorney in Portland will be able to fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
Unfortunately, many accidents aboard a commercial fishing boat result not just in injury, but in death. Numerous studies show that cold water commercial fishing is the most dangerous job in the U.S. From 2000-2010, 545 commercial fisherman in the U.S. died on the job – with 51% of fatalities occurring after a vessel disaster, 31% due to a fisherman overboard, and 10% due to an injury suffered aboard ship.
Many of these accidents that result in the fatality of a fisherman can be prevented through practical measures by the commercial fishing company. Failure to provide a vessel and gear that are a reasonable fit for their intended purpose is unseaworthiness under maritime law. If your family member or loved one was a fish processor, bader machine operator, boatswain, deckhand, quality controller, mate, purser, engineer, fisherman, or another crewmember of a commercial fishing vessel and died on duty, you may have a wrongful death claim under maritime law – such as the Jones Act or the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA). An experienced Oregon maritime wrongful death attorney will be able to determine what damages you could qualify for under these acts.
What damages your commercial fishing accident case is entitled to vary on the circumstances surrounding the accident, like the amount of negligence involved and if you were in national or international waters. These details affect what maritime law your case will be pursued under, and, therefore, what kind of damages you can pursue. Generally, you are eligible to recover the damages directly related to the commercial fishing accident, including:
Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski | Maritime Injury Lawyer for Commercial Fishermen
If you or your loved one has suffered an injury or death in a commercial fishing accident, contact the experienced maritime fishing attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Seattle, Portland, and Bellingham today. We will fight for you to get the compensation and justice you deserve through a maritime civil procedure. For your free initial consultation with Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski on your commercial fishermen injury case, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today.
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