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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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Jones Act for Seamen

The Jones Act — Providing Injured Seaman the Right to Compensation

Alaska Jones Act negligence, maritime injury, and wrongful death lawyers

Crewmen injured while working aboard fishing vessels, ships, tugs, barges, tankers, and other types of vessels fall under the coverage of federal maritime law. The Jones Act and the General Maritime Law provide special rights to compensation for seamen when they are injured working in the services of a vessel.

When a crewman is injured through negligence of his employer, he is entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, lost wage earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, vocational retraining costs, and past and future medical expenses.

Maritime law favors the injured seaman. Your employer owes you a duty to provide you a safe place to work, proper training and adequate crew, reasonably safe equipment, and a seaworthy vessel. There are simply not many injury accidents aboard ships, tugs, barges, and fishing vessels that could not have been prevented through proper safety measures.

Benefits under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law are generally significantly better than those benefits available under the Longshore Harbor Workers Act or state Workers Compensation.

If you have been injured while working over water on a vessel or any type of floating structure that could be considered a vessel, you may be a Jones Act seaman. If there is a possibility you may qualify to be a Jones Act seaman, you should contact an experienced Alaska maritime lawyer to discuss your claim.

The Alaska maritime injury lawyers at Beard, Stacey and Jacobsen have represented thousands of Jones Act seamen injured through negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients across the nation. Our law practice concentrates on maritime injury accidents in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.

Our Jones Act attorneys have represented families of crewmen lost in the sinkings of the catcher processors Alaska Ranger, Arctic Rose, Aleutian Enterprise, Galaxy and Katmai. We have represented the families of crewmen in many crab boat sinking cases, including the wrongful deaths of fishermen in the sinkings of the Vestfjord, Pacesetter, Lin J, Pacific Apollo, Nesika, Freya, and Amber Dawn.

The Alaska Jones Act lawyers at Beard, Stacey and Jacobsen understand how accidents can happen at sea, and we know how to prove that they could have been prevented through proper safety precautions. We understand your jobs and your injuries, and how injuries impact lives. We have proven over and over again that we can get full and fair compensation for our clients.

The Jones Act

Under the Jones Act, 46 USC § 30104, an injured seaman can file a lawsuit in state or federal court against his employer if he is injured because of the negligence of his employer, master, fellow crewman, or an unsafe condition on his ship. Examples of negligence include:

  • Failing to provide safety equipment
  • Failing to maintain equipment and machinery
  • Failing to maintain the vessel in a seaworthy condition
  • Failing to properly train the crew
  • Failing to have an adequate number of crewmen
  • Working in dangerous weather conditions
  • Failing to follow safety rules
  • Unsafe methods of boarding the vessel
  • Ordering a crewman to work excessive hours
  • Not providing prompt or adequate medical treatment
  • Unsafe stairs, ladders, and unreasonably slippery/icy decks
  • Lack of safety guards on equipment and machinery
  • Lifting weights in excess of safe limits
  • Unsafe cargo handling and stowing procedures
  • Unsafe work practices or procedures
  • Lack of proper tools
  • Unstable vessels
  • Overloading of vessels
  • Unsafe navigation

Why you should hire Beard, Stacey and Jacobsen

When you are a client of Beard, Stacey and Jacobsen you haven’t just hired a single lawyer, you have retained one of the most experienced maritime injury law firms in the entire country. Let us put our years of experience handling Jones Act injury claims to work for you. Contact us for a free initial consultation.