Injured Harbor Workers, Passengers & Business Invitees
Compensation for Injured Alaska Harbor Workers, Passengers and Business Invitees
Maritime injuries aren't limited to fisherman and deck hands. There are at least three other categories of people who get injured on ships or on shore, and who can seek compensation for those injuries under general maritime law or personal injury law:
Beard Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP helps injured people in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and across the nation get the money they need and deserve after maritime accidents.
We've been handling serious maritime injury cases for more than 20 years. We know the specialized laws that apply to accidents and injuries in the harbor and at sea. We also know how these accidents can happen. That experience means something when we stand before an insurance company, judge or jury to argue your case.
If you suffered a serious injury while working in the harbor, on a pleasure vessel, or an Alaskan charter boat, contact a maritime attorney at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP, or call us at 1-866-974-9633.
Anchorage Harbor Longshoremen and Harbor Workers
A longshoreman works on or near the water, loading, unloading and tying up the vessel. A harbor worker works on or near the water and repairs, converts, builds, or breaks apart fishing vessels or ships. Longshoremen and harbor workers are not part of the ship’s crew, instead handling matters related to the vessel from the shore.
If you are a longshoreman or harbor worker injured on the job, your injuries are covered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), a form of federal workers' compensation. Similar to the state work comp benefits system, the longshoreman and harbor workers’ comp system is "no-fault." You do not have to prove that anyone was negligent in causing your injuries; if you were injured on the job, you are covered under the Act.
However, if your injuries were caused by some negligence on the part of a ship’s owner, you may be able to sue the ship owner for damages in addition to receiving federal workers' comp benefits under the LHWCA. There are some limitations to the ship owner's liability, however. These 905(b) cases are extremely complex and should only be handled by an experienced maritime lawyer.
Paying passengers on a boat or cruise ship can bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit against a ship owner if the vessel owner's negligence caused or contributed to an injury. Your passenger ticket is your contract. Most tickets (contracts) specify a time limit, notification requirements and the location where a lawsuit can be brought. Some might also specify that your case must be heard before an arbitrator, not a judge.
A business invitee is someone who is onboard a vessel in order to conduct business. An example would be a surveyor or an inspector aboard to inspect the vessels. If a business person is injured on a ship because of the negligence of the vessel owner, then he or she may be able to bring a lawsuit under general maritime law.
Do you have an injury claim?
If you were injured as a harbor worker, passenger or business invitee and want to know more about whether you can get compensation for your injuries, contact the Alaska maritime attorneys at Beard Stacey Jacobsen, LLP for your free consultation.