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$ 4,000,000 Fishing Boat Fire and Explosion
Circulating compressor explodes leading to burns to deckhand engineer

$ 3,350,000 Fish Processor Injury
Confidential settlement for fish processor injured through negligence aboard ship

$ 3,250,000 Brain Injury
Tug Boat deckhand injured on barge by unseaworthy crane

$ 2,900,000 Wrongful Death for Seaman
Oil response Worker died when winch failed

$ 2,600,000 Arm Injury
Improperly trained fish processor injured cleaning Surimi auger

$ 2,500,000 Amputated hand
Fish processor injured by unguarded fish header

$ 2,500,000 Class Action Wage Dispute for crewman maintenance and cure

$ 2,240,000 Tug Boat Deckhand hand Injury
Tug boat deck hand injured through faulty equipment

$ 2,350,000 Deckhand Injury
Deckhand's foot crushed by moving deck hatch - Boston jury verdict

$ 2,300,000 Brain Injury and Seizure disorder
Negligent failure to provide ship pilot's safe transfer between ships

$ 2,300,000 Wrongful death claims for crewmen in factory trawler sinking


$ 4,000,000 Fishing Boat Fire and Explosion
Circulating compressor explodes leading to burns to deckhand engineer

$ 3,350,000 Fish Processor Injury
Confidential settlement for fish processor injured through negligence aboard ship

$ 3,250,000 Brain Injury
Tug Boat deckhand injured on barge by unseaworthy crane

$ 2,900,000 Wrongful Death for Seaman
Oil response Worker died when winch failed

$ 2,600,000 Arm Injury
Improperly trained fish processor injured cleaning Surimi auger

$ 2,500,000 Amputated hand
Fish processor injured by unguarded fish header

$ 2,500,000 Class Action Wage Dispute for crewman maintenance and cure

$ 2,240,000 Tug Boat Deckhand hand Injury
Tug boat deck hand injured through faulty equipment

$ 2,350,000 Deckhand Injury
Deckhand's foot crushed by moving deck hatch - Boston jury verdict

$ 2,300,000 Brain Injury and Seizure disorder
Negligent failure to provide ship pilot's safe transfer between ships

$ 2,300,000 Wrongful death claims for crewmen in factory trawler sinking


$ 4,000,000 Fishing Boat Fire and Explosion
Circulating compressor explodes leading to burns to deckhand engineer

$ 3,350,000 Fish Processor Injury
Confidential settlement for fish processor injured through negligence aboard ship

$ 3,250,000 Brain Injury
Tug Boat deckhand injured on barge by unseaworthy crane

$ 2,900,000 Wrongful Death for Seaman
Oil response Worker died when winch failed

$ 2,600,000 Arm Injury
Improperly trained fish processor injured cleaning Surimi auger

$ 2,500,000 Amputated hand
Fish processor injured by unguarded fish header

$ 2,500,000 Class Action Wage Dispute for crewman maintenance and cure

$ 2,240,000 Tug Boat Deckhand hand Injury
Tug boat deck hand injured through faulty equipment

$ 2,350,000 Deckhand Injury
Deckhand's foot crushed by moving deck hatch - Boston jury verdict

$ 2,300,000 Brain Injury and Seizure disorder
Negligent failure to provide ship pilot's safe transfer between ships

$ 2,300,000 Wrongful death claims for crewmen in factory trawler sinking


$ 4,000,000 Fishing Boat Fire and Explosion
Circulating compressor explodes leading to burns to deckhand engineer

$ 3,350,000 Fish Processor Injury
Confidential settlement for fish processor injured through negligence aboard ship

$ 3,250,000 Brain Injury
Tug Boat deckhand injured on barge by unseaworthy crane

$ 2,900,000 Wrongful Death for Seaman
Oil response Worker died when winch failed

$ 2,600,000 Arm Injury
Improperly trained fish processor injured cleaning Surimi auger

$ 2,500,000 Amputated hand
Fish processor injured by unguarded fish header

$ 2,500,000 Class Action Wage Dispute for crewman maintenance and cure

$ 2,240,000 Tug Boat Deckhand hand Injury
Tug boat deck hand injured through faulty equipment

$ 2,350,000 Deckhand Injury
Deckhand's foot crushed by moving deck hatch - Boston jury verdict

$ 2,300,000 Brain Injury and Seizure disorder
Negligent failure to provide ship pilot's safe transfer between ships

$ 2,300,000 Wrongful death claims for crewmen in factory trawler sinking


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James M. Beard
Seattle, Washington
Attorney
phone 206-452-1282
866-974-9633 (Toll Free)
fax 206-282-1149
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James M. Beard has been representing injury victims in negligence and wrongful death claims for 23 years. He is one of the founding partners of the law firm of Beard Stacey Trueb and Jacobsen, LLP. Beard's extensive experience involving the handling of fishing vessel sinkings is widely regarded. He has represented deceased crewmen's families in widely publicized cases such as the ALEUTIAN ENTERPRISE, ARCTIC ROSE, GALAXY, LIN J, PACE SETTER, AMBER DAWN, NESIKA, ALASKA RANGER, and KATMAI. Beard is believed to have handled more maritime death claims than any other attorney in the country.

Over the course of his career, Beard has been involved with over a thousand maritime injury and Jones Act negligence claims. His experience allows him to quickly understand the facts of most vessel accidents, allowing him to cost effectively focus on proving negligence and unseaworthiness. There simply are not many types of shipboard accidents and injuries that Beard and his partners do not have experience in handling. Experience is the key to success, whether your claim is small or large. Beard has successfully handled many catastrophic injury claims, recovering compensation for claims including:

Fish Processor Jones Act Injuries - 3.35 million

Fish Processor Wrongful Death - 1.5 Million

Tug boat Deckhand Brain Injury - 3.5 million

Medical Negligence - 2.1 million

Fish Processor Hand Injury- 2.5 million

Crab Boat Sinking - 3.0 million

Factory Trawler Sinking - 2.5 million

Deckhand Injury - 1.7 million

Fishing Vessel  Sinking - 4.8 million

Beard's practice is limited to litigating claims against employers, vessel owners, and their insurance companies. He prides himself on being an advocate for injured seamen, fishermen, and fish processors. If you are looking for a fair and honest appraisal of your injury claim, Beard has the experience and confidence to evaluate and honestly discuss your claim with you.

Beard is no stranger to hard work. He grew up in Ilwaco, Washington, where he worked on the docks and in canneries unloading fishing vessels. He commercially fished for salmon in the summers, and worked as an oysterman on Willapa Bay. Following graduating from the University of Washington, he returned home to work as a deckhand on an oyster dredge, earning money that would eventually allow him to go to law school. Beard remembers his days fishing and working on boats as some of his most favorite memories.

Beard is licensed to practice law in Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1983.

Beard Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP, associates with local attorneys in other states in cases involving seamen with disabling injuries.

Jones Act and Maritime Injury Claims
Wrongful Death
Commercial Fishing Accidents
Deck Hand Injury Claims

 

Areas of Practice:
Maritime Injury
Wrongful Death Claims
Bar Admissions:
Washington, 1983
Alaska, 2004
Education:
University of Puget Sound School of Law, Tacoma, Washington


University of Washington