Compensation for Injuries and Lost Wages
Maritime injury lawyer James Beard is available to represent Astoria, Warrenton and Hammond commercial fishermen in claims under the Federal maritime law and the Jones Act. Beard is one of the Northwest’s most experienced maritime injury lawyers. He has handled hundreds of Jones Act injury claims and recovered millions of dollars in compensation for Oregon commercial fishermen. Don’t accept blame for an injury accident that wasn’t your fault. Learn about your rights to compensation from a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience representing injured fishermen.
Astoria, Warrenton and Hammond based commercial fishermen work in some of the toughest sea and weather conditions in the world. Their lives depend on their vessel being seaworthy and having a competently trained crew. Your employer owes you a legal duty to provide you a safe place to work. The vessel equipment must be properly maintained and safe. Putting a few more pounds of crab, salmon, shrimp, sole or Pacific Whiting on board in rough weather or on a boat that needs repairs is not worth the risk of permanent injury or death. A moment’s negligence can lead to a crewman’s career-ending injury or death. If proper training and safety procedures are followed and sound equipment provided to the vessel’s crew, most injury accidents on commercial fishing vessels could be prevented.
Beard understands how accidents happen aboard Oregon commercial fishing vessels, and he knows how those accidents could have been prevented. Beard understands the impact injuries have on commercial fishermen and how those injuries impact their ability to work in the future.
With few exceptions, an injured commercial fisherman is entitled to maintenance and cure benefits. These medical and time loss benefits are a no fault benefit to which you are entitled to make claim for under Federal maritime law. If you have been injured as a result of the unseaworthiness of your vessel or the negligence of an owner, employer, captain or fellow crewman, you may be entitled to claim money damages to compensate you for your injuries. Don’t trust the insurance company or boat owner to treat you fairly. As soon as the vessel’s insurance company receives notice of your injury, they begin defending against your claim. Insurance companies make their money by paying as little as possible on each injury claim. Shouldn’t you have an experienced maritime injury lawyer on your side to protect your rights? Beard seeks fair and reasonable compensation for his client’s injuries.
Under Federal maritime law, preexisting medical conditions are not a bar to compensation for aggravation of that injury. Contributory negligence is not a bar to your injury claim; instead, maritime law applies comparative fault, measuring the fault of the owner or employer against any alleged fault of the injured crewman.
Astoria is one of the most productive commercial fishing ports on the west coast. In 2014, Astoria fishing boats landed 122 million pounds of fish and shellfish with an estimated value of 47 million dollars. Oregon and Washington continue to participate in a derby style crab fishery where crewmen race to see which boat can catch most of the quota. In the race for the cash, crew safety is sometimes a forgotten priority. Commercial fishermen working out of Astoria must regularly cross the treacherous Columbia River Bar and work on treacherous ocean waters. It is critical that their vessels be seaworthy and fully equipped with modern life saving equipment.
Beard is licensed to practice law in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He grew up in Ilwaco, Washington. You can hire Beard to represent you on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee means you pay no fee until there is a recovery in your case. Don’t guess about your rights to benefits under Federal maritime law. Contact an experienced maritime injury lawyer to discuss your case. Never sign a release of your injury claim without consulting with a lawyer. Call 1-800-621-1091 to discuss your injury case with Beard. If Beard says you have a good case, that opinion is based upon 30 years of experience successfully recovering money damages for commercial fishermen injured doing their jobs.