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Maritime Injury Claims For Fish Processors And Deckhands Injured Working For American Seafoods

Maritime injury lawyer James Beard of Trueb Berne & Beard, LLP, represents deckhands, fish processors and crewmen injured while working for American Seafoods. He has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured Alaska fish processors and has successfully litigated and settled numerous cases for crewmen injured working for American Seafoods. Beard has helped injured deckhands and fish processors get compensation for injuries aboard the company’s six state-of-the-art factory trawlers: the American Dynasty, American Triumph, Northern Eagle, Northern Jaeger, Ocean Rover and Katie Ann.

American Seafoods is one of the world’s largest seafood companies. They own approximately 25% of the Alaska Pollock fishing quota worth in excess of a billion dollars. Each of American Seafoods’ vessels is 275-350 feet long and carries a crew of over 100.

Crewmen Deserve Adequate Compensation For Their Injuries

Crewmen working for even the best fishing companies and on the best fishing vessels sometimes suffer permanent and serious personal injuries through no fault of their own. Fish processors and deckhands are constantly exposed to the risk of career-ending injuries. A momentary negligent act by a fellow crewman, a piece of broken equipment, unsafe procedures, or working in too rough weather can cause life-long injuries.

When crewmen aboard American Seafoods’ boats are injured as the result of negligence or unseaworthiness, they are entitled to make claims for damages under the Jones Act and the general maritime law. Injured crewmen can seek damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, past and future lost wages and lost wage-earning capacity, medical expenses, and vocational retraining costs.

American Seafoods owes their crewmen a duty to provide them with a safe workplace and a seaworthy vessel. American Seafoods is required to use reasonable care to train and supervise their crewmen and keep the ship in good repair. Broken equipment must be repaired, and safety guards should never be removed from operating machinery. Injured and ill crewmen are entitled to prompt and proper medical evaluation and treatment. Never accept blame for an injury accident that wasn’t your fault.

Decades Of Maritime Injury Law You Can Rely On

When Beard tells an injured crewman that he/she has a good case, that opinion is based upon 30 years of successfully handling maritime and Jones Act injury cases. Beard and his partners at Trueb Berne & Beard, LLP, have helped fish processors get fair monetary compensation for all types of injuries including amputation injuries, brain injuries, burn injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, hand injuries, eye injuries, seizures, and more. Don’t guess about your rights to compensation under the maritime law; consult with an experienced maritime lawyer to learn about your rights to compensation.

Most injury accidents aboard factory trawler vessels like those owned by American Seafoods are preventable if proper safety training and procedures are followed, and proper equipment is provided the vessel’s crew.

An injured fish processor or deckhand working for American Seafoods has the right to select their own treating doctors. With very few exceptions, a crewman’s reasonable medical care related to a shipboard accident must be paid for by American Seafoods. A preexisting injury does not bar your claim for compensation for pain and suffering and lost earnings under the Jones Act. Comparative fault is not a total defense to a negligence or unseaworthiness claim.

Don’t Make Any Decisions Without Contacting Our Experienced Attorneys

Never sign a release of your injury claims against American Seafoods without consulting with an experienced maritime injury lawyer. American Seafoods has defense lawyers and sophisticated insurance and claims managers working to minimize the amount of compensation American Seafoods must pay you for your injuries. Shouldn’t you have an experienced maritime lawyer on your side to level the playing field?

If you have been injured working as a deckhand or fish processor, you can hire a lawyer on a contingency fee basis. Under a contingency fee agreement, there are no fees owed unless there is a successful recovery. Mr. Beard and his partners at Trueb Berne & Beard, LLP, are always on the side of the injured fisherman and fish processor; Mr. Beard never represents American Seafoods or their insurance companies. To discuss your claim, contact Trueb Berne & Beard, LLP, by calling 425-403-1900 or sending a message online.