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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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Maritime Law and Unseaworthiness

Injured Working in Alaska on an Unseaworthy Vessel?

Maritime law attorneys experienced in unseaworthiness claims

If you have been injured working aboard an unseaworthy vessel, you have a claim for compensation under principles of general maritime law.

If a ship or its equipment is not fit for service, or if the boat or her equipment is defective in some way, then the vessel is considered to be unseaworthy. A vessel is also unseaworthy if its equipment and parts are not reasonably fit for their intended purposes, or the crew is not reasonably adequate or competent for the work assigned.

It is an absolute duty of the vessel owner to provide a seaworthy vessel. If you have been injured as a result of an unseaworthy condition, you are entitled to damages for pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, lost earning capacity, vocational retraining costs, and past and future medical expenses.

For over 20 years the Alaska maritime law attorneys at Beard Stacey and Jacobsen have been representing injured seamen in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and across the nation in claims relating to the unseaworthiness of their vessels. Our maritime lawyers know how accidents happen at sea and are skilled at proving vessels are unseaworthy.

The law firm of Beard Stacey & Jacobsen has a long history of handling wrongful death claims involving unseaworthiness claims. We have handle the sinking cases of the Alaska Ranger, Arctic Rose, Aleutian Enterprise, Galaxy, Pacific Apollo, Vestfjord, Nesika, Katmai, Lin J, Pacesetter, Amber Dawn, Freya and many others.

It takes a lawyer experienced in Alaska maritime law to properly develop your claim for unseaworthiness. Many injured crewmen don’t realize they have unseaworthiness claims in addition to their Jones Act negligence claims.

A few examples of conditions that may render a vessel unseaworthy:

  • Hull and equipment failures
  • Inadequate pumps
  • Leaking valves and hydraulic hoses
  • Improperly designed stairs or ladders
  • Lack of alarms
  • Failure to properly train a crew
  • Failure to have proper safety procedures in place
  • Not having a properly licensed crew
  • Defective tools or equipment
  • Slippery decks
  • Improper storage of cargo

Contact the Alaska maritime lawyers at Beard Stacey and Jacobsen to learn more about your rights to compensation under the Jones Act and the general maritime law doctrine of unseaworthiness.