Maritime Law Overview
Injured in an Alaska Maritime Accident?
If you were injured at sea, or lost a loved one when a ship sank, know your rights under Alaska maritime law
If you are a seaman, no one has to tell you how difficult and dangerous your job is. A fellow crewman's mistake, defective equipment, or improper procedure can cause a serious injury or death. Long hours of work and heavy weather multiply your chance of injury. You depend upon your skill, knowledge, and experience, and that of your fellow crew members, to keep yourself safe.
The maritime lawyers at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen have been representing injured seamen and fishermen in Jones Act claims for over 20 years. Successful handling of fishing accident cases, tug boat injuries, and other maritime injury cases requires specialized skill and knowledge. Almost all injury accidents at sea are preventable if proper safety precautions are followed. The maritime lawyers at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen have the experience, knowledge, and skill to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
The attorneys at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen have handled thousands of Jones Act cases for clients across the country, and have a reputation for success. You wouldn't go to sea with an inexperienced captain, and you should not go to court without an experienced maritime lawyer. The lawyers at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen understand your job, your injuries, and how they impact your life. From your first meeting with a partner in the firm, they begin to prepare a strategy for winning your case. The lawyers at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen have proven over and over again that they can get full and fair compensation for their clients.
Working aboard vessels at sea exposes crewmen to the constant risk of injury. Crewmen working for even the best maritime employers sometimes suffer serious and disabling injuries. When these injury accidents happen as the result of negligence or unseaworthiness, the crewman is entitled to compensation under Federal maritime law.
If you are injured through negligence and unseaworthiness, you are entitled to compensatory money damages. You must prove fault to recover under the Jones Act or the doctrine of unseaworthiness. When Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness is established, damages may include compensation for pain and suffering, disability, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, medical expenses, and other economic damages.
The second type of damages for injured seamen, maintenance, cure, and unearned wages, which are no-fault compensation provided to injured seamen regardless of the circumstances surrounding the injury. In almost all cases, the employer must pay your reasonable and necessary medical expenses as well as maintenance in the form of a daily living allowance. You also have the right to choose your own doctors. You should continue to receive maintenance until you reach maximum medical improvement. Maintenance provisions currently allow $25-35 per day. If the employer willfully refuses to pay maintenance and cure, you may be able to claim punitive damages.
Contact the attorneys at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen for a free initial consultation. Don't guess about your rights to maritime benefits. Never sign a release without first consulting with a maritime lawyer.