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:
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.