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Maritime Law

Working in the maritime industry is a profitable and successful form of employment for many people, especially for those in areas like the Pacific Northwest, that thrive on the impact the maritime industry has on their economies. However, the perks of being a maritime employee are also weighed against a certain amount of risk. Maritime jobs like working as a commercial fisherman in the North Pacific, or working  on a tugboat in Puget Sound are dangerous and come with a substantial risk for injury.

Thankfully, both general maritime law and specific laws like the Jones Act provide a means for recovery for the maritime worker and/or his family when he or she is injured on the job. The special nature of the maritime industry means that the laws are complex. So, when fighting to recover for you or your loved one’s maritime injury, it is important to hire a skilled and experienced Seattle maritime injury attorney serving cases throughout the Pacific Northwest and coast-to-coast.

Maritime and Admiralty Laws in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, and California 

Since 1977, Anderson Carey & Williams has fought relentlessly for the compensation needs of injured maritime workers and their families. Fueled by a personal passion for a myriad of maritime pursuits, the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey & Williams take their duty to injured seamen and harbor workers very seriously. They work very hard to build a comprehensive case in every maritime accident claim in order to achieve the maximum compensation available.

If you have been injured at port in Seattle, Portland, Bellingham, or elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest or at sea in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Puget Sound, or the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, contact the passionate and experienced maritime injury lawyers at Anderson Carey & Williams. No matter if your case is against a third party, vessel owner, or a large insurance company, our qualified maritime injury attorneys will do whatever it takes to get you the compensation you need – even if it means going to court.

Though Anderson Carey & Williams is based in the Pacific Northwest, we have resources that extend beyond those boundaries and will take cases from coast-to-coast, including California and Hawaii. To find out what Anderson Carey & Williams can do for your injury as a harbor worker, seaman, or other maritime worker, call 1-800-262-8529 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.

Effective Nationwide Representation for Maritime Employees 

The maritime industry is full of countless positions, many of which are protected by maritime and admiralty law. Whether you work as a server on a cruise ship out of Alaska, or on a stormy deck in the North Pacific as a commercial fisherman, working on the sea comes with severe risk for injury.

If this injury is due to the negligence of a third party, your employer, or to the unseaworthiness of the vessel, you may have a claim as a seaman under the Jones Act or the unseaworthiness doctrine. Anderson Carey & Williams is proud to serve the following employees, as well as other seaman, in recovering compensation for their injuries:

  • Merchant mariners
  • Able-Bodied Seamen
  • Ordinary Seamen
  • Mates
  • Officers
  • Engineers
  • Commercial Fishermen
  • Fish Processors
  • Tugboat Crew and Officers
  • Tankermen
  • Deckhands
  • Ferry Workers
  • Commercial Divers
  • Cruise Ship Staff

Oil Rig Workers

Additionally, we serve the civil representation needs of recreational boating victims and boat passengers (such as on cruise ships or yachts), as well as the needs of shoreside workers like longshoremen, harbor workers, dockyard workers, shipyard workers, cargo operations, and crane operators when their claim is against a third party or under the unseaworthiness doctrine. The laws regarding what maritime employee can claim what under which legal provision are complicated. An experienced Bellingham maritime injury lawyer will know what paths are favorable for your case.

Admiralty Law for the Protection of Maritime Workers 

As a maritime worker, what kind of injury claim you can bring is heavily regulated by maritime law. How, when, and why the injury happened , as well as what your actual job in, all impact the type of claim you can bring and who you can bring it against. This is because different maritime employees and passengers are covered under different laws. It is highly recommended you work with a qualified Portland maritime injury attorney to determine which of the following laws you need to pursue your claim under:

The Jones Act – Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act gives injured seamen a means for claiming damages for their injury against a negligent employer.

Unseaworthiness Doctrine – This provision under general maritime law protects seamen from vessel owners whose vessel is not seaworthy for its purpose. An injured seaman can pursue action against the vessel owner under this doctrine if it is proven that a negligent condition on the ship caused the injury.

Death on the High Seas Act – Commonly abbreviated as DOSHA, this act covers the death of seamen when it occurs beyond the reach of the territorial waters of the United States. Loved ones who have lost a loved one in these conditions due to negligence can bring a claim under DOHSA.

Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act – Many maritime workers are employed shoreside and rarely qualify for claims under unseaworthiness or the Jones Act. The LHWCA protects dock workers and other shoreside employees through the provision of automatic benefits similar to worker’s compensation.

General Maritime Law – Some claims, such as for injured passengers, have no particular law governing civil justice for injuries. General maritime law could provide the means for a claim depending on the case.

Anderson Carey & Williams | Attorneys for Federal Maritime and Admiralty Law 

If you are a maritime worker injured in your job anywhere in the United States, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, and California, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey & Williams. They will determine the best legal avenues available to your case and fight for favorable compensation. Your first consultation is free, so call 1-800-262-8529 today and schedule yours.