Over 80 Combined Years Of Maritime Law Experience

Maritime Wrongful Death Claims Lawyers

For over 30 years, James Beard of Trueb Berne & Beard, LLP, has been representing the families of crewmen who have died while working at sea. Attorney Beard is one of the most experienced lawyers in the nation when it comes to handling maritime wrongful death cases. He understands the complexities of federal maritime laws such as the Jones Act, Death On High Seas Act, and the Limitation of Liability Act, and protects the rights of families to receive fair and full compensation as the result of deaths caused by shipboard negligence or unseaworthiness. Mr. Beard has handled such high-profile vessel sinking cases as the Aleutian Enterprise, Alaska Ranger, Arctic Rose, Amber Dawn, Katmai, Galaxy, Pacesetter, Lady Cecelia, and many others. His past experience allows him to thoroughly investigate the facts to attempt to determine the cause of an accident or why a vessel sank.

Mr. Beard and his team at Trueb Berne & Beard, LLP, show a special compassion for their clients. They understand how a death of a crewman impacts the family for the rest of their lives emotionally and economically. We have worked our entire careers to get fair and full compensation for the children of seamen who lost their lives at sea. We understand the complex family relationships that exist between fishermen and their families.

Representing The Families Of Crewmen Who Have Died Working Aboard Ships And Fishing Vessels At Sea

From the moment a vessel owner’s insurance company learns of the death of a crewman, they begin a sophisticated campaign to limit the amount of damages they will have to pay to settle your claim. Don’t trust an insurance company to treat you fairly, without the benefit of a qualified and experienced maritime injury lawyer on your side. Making good decisions for your family after the loss of a crewman at sea is difficult when you are grieving and suffering from emotional injuries. Never sign a release or agree to a settlement of a wrongful death claim until you have consulted with an experienced maritime injury lawyer.

Are you entitled to compensation for care nurture and guidance under DOHSA?

Determining who is entitled to claim damages for the death of a seaman involves interpretation of federal statutes. Wives, children, (including children by former marriages), parents, and dependent relatives all have potential damage claims under federal maritime law. At present, a seaman’s surviving family members cannot recover for loss of the love and affection and loss of society of the deceased crewman. However, the children of the deceased crewman are entitled to claim damages for the loss of their parent’s care, nurture and guidance.

We Are The Leading Maritime Injury Law Firm In The Pacific Northwest

Mr. Beard has handled more than 30 maritime death cases. To establish liability for a crewman’s death, he utilizes some of the leading experts in the country on issues of marine accident reconstruction, marine safety, naval architecture, seamanship, engineering, navigation, and vessel stability. Mr. Beard has been on the cutting edge of maritime death damages, concentrating on expanding remedies utilizing experts in the fields of pathology, hypothermia, child psychology, and economics.

James Beard and his team at Trueb Berne & Beard, LLP, are always on the crewman’s side in wrongful death cases. We do not represent fishing companies or their insurance companies. We are available to discuss wrongful death claims for crewmen at no charge to the family. We can be reached at 425-403-1900 or by filling out our online contact form. We are lawyers who understand fishermen and the jobs they do. With over 80 years of combined experience, our attorneys have proven they can get fair results for their clients in maritime wrongful death cases.