Long Line Vessels
Maritime injury lawyer and Jones Act lawyer James Beard represents crewmen injured working aboard Alaska longline fishing vessels. For 30 years Beard has been trusted by Alaska commercial fishermen and fish processors. He has a reputation for holding employers responsible for negligence and unseaworthiness which injure crewmen. Beard has successfully handled injury claims for crewmen injured working for longline vessels owned by Alaska leader Fisheries, Blue North Fisheries, Deep Sea Fisheries, and Aleutian Spray Fisheries.
Beard understands your job aboard Alaska longline vessels. He understands how accidents happen at the roller, pole gaffing, auto baiters and netting, plate freezer, or loading and offloading cargo. He knows how those injury accidents can be prevented if proper safety procedures are followed. A moment’s negligence can result in an injury that lasts a lifetime.
Beard has represented hundreds of crewmen injured working aboard all types of Alaska fishing vessels including crab boats, gillnetters, seiners, factory trawlers, and longliners. Crewmen aboard even the best fishing vessels sometimes suffer wrongful deaths or serious permanent injuries. Crewmen and fish processors injured working aboard hook and line vessels are protected by Federal maritime laws. Your employer owes you a duty to provide you with a safe place to work, a competently trained and supervised crew, adequate tools and properly maintained machinery. You have the right to a seaworthy vessel. Working in heavy weather increases the chance that you will be injured. Fishing production should never be placed ahead of crewmen safety.
If you are injured working aboard a longline vessel in Alaska, you are entitled with few exceptions to reasonable and necessary medical care. An injured crewman has the right to select his own treating physicians. A maritime employer is charged with the duty of providing his injured crewman with a reasonable living allowance while the crewman is recovering from his injury. If you are injured as the result of negligence or unseaworthiness, you may claim money damages to compensate you for lost wages, future medical expenses, lost wage earning capacity and pain and suffering.
If you have been seriously injured working as a crewman in Alaska, it is recommended you contact an experienced maritime lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and help you get the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. Never sign a release of your injury claim without consulting with an experienced Jones Act and maritime injury lawyer. Don’t trust the insurance company to be fair with you Your future and your family’s future depends upon you getting compensated fairly for your future lost wages.
If you have questions about the benefits you are entitled to under Federal maritime law, contact Beard to discuss your claim at 1-800-621-1091.