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WASHINGTON MARITIME INJURY LAWYERS

Our Washington maritime injury lawyers know working out on the water is tough. When choosing a maritime personal injury law firm to represent you, select a law firm that works as hard as you do. Kraft Davies, PLLC is a nationally recognized leader in maritime personal injury law based in the maritime hub of Seattle, Washington. Our maritime injury law firm has the experience and resources you can depend on following a serious injury at sea. We are dedicated to representing injured seamen, fishermen, fish processors, deckhands, ferry workers, tug workers, merchant mariners, cruise ship passengers, people injured in recreational boating accidents, workers injured at ports, and other injured maritime workers from around the country following serious personal injuries while working at sea or near the water.

Maritime Injury Lawyers That Get Results

Our lawyers have obtained multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million for injured fishermen, seamen, and other maritime workers. Our track record speaks for itself. The firm’s lawyers have decades of experience in handling complex Jones Act maritime injury and wrongful death cases, know the equipment used on ships and fishing vessels, and can help you obtain the financial resources necessary to begin putting your life back together after a devastating injury or the death of a loved one at sea.

Tug Boat & Barge Crews

Tug and barge workers often have to coordinate with other vessels and unfamiliar crews. No matter how careful you are, you cannot ensure that those around you will exercise the same degree of care. The attorneys at Kraft Davies have many years of experience bringing claims on behalf of injured tug and barge workers. We are not afraid to pursue claims against the biggest players in the industry, including Foss Maritime, Crowley, Dunlap, and others. Tug and barge crewmembers have the right to bring claims against their employer under the Jones Act just like other seamen. However, tug and barge injuries frequently involve third-party claims as well. Third-party claims arise when an entity other than the injured crewmember’s employer caused the injury in whole or in part. Circumstances giving rise to a third-party claim could be anything from negligent line handling by the other vessel’s crew to an unsafe ladder aboard the other vessel. Our lawyers have extensive experience pursuing tug and barge injury claims. If you have been injured on a tug or barge, call our office today to speak to an attorney and learn more about your rights.

Factory Trawler Injuries

Our firm has a long history of representing crewmembers of factory trawlers bringing injury claims against their employers. We know the industry, and have extensive experience pursuing claims against some of the largest fishing and fish processing companies in the world, including American Seafoods, Icicle Seafoods, Fishing Company of Alaska, Trident Seafoods, O’Hara, Golden Alaska Seafoods, Coastal Villages, Arctic Storm, and others. Maritime law provides certain remedies to crewmembers regardless of whether their employer was at fault for the injury. If your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, or of a dangerous condition aboard the vessel, you may be entitled to additional recovery. We often see fishing companies take advantage of injured crewmembers’ lack of knowledge regarding their rights. This is particularly common among fish processors, many of whom are immigrants with limited English proficiency. Companies frequently pressure injured employees to sign releases giving up their right to bring an injury claim against the company. Before you sign anything, speak to a knowledgeable maritime attorney so that you can be sure that you fully understand your rights. If you have been injured working aboard a factory trawler, call our office today for a free consultation with an experienced maritime attorney.

Commercial Fishing, Crabbing, Processing Injuries

Work in the fishing industry can be extremely dangerous. Long hours, unpredictable weather, and working with heavy equipment bring unavoidable hazards to the job. When combined with vessel management or crewmembers who fail to take safety seriously, the results can be catastrophic. The attorneys at Kraft Davies PLLC have decades of experience pursuing fishing and fish processing injury claims against a wide variety of companies operating up and down the West Coast, and in Alaska. If you have been injured aboard a fishing vessel or fish processing vessel, it is important to consult with an experienced maritime attorney who has the knowledge and resources to fully investigate your injury claim. Our firm has a long history of working with industry experts to uncover company negligence and dangerous conditions that result in crewmember injuries. Fishing and fish processing injury cases make up a substantial portion of our practice, and we know what to look for to prove liability. Maritime injury claims are unique because there are many protections available to injured seamen that are not available in other personal injury cases. Whether or not you are ready to pursue a claim, our lawyers are available for a free, no-obligation consultation to help you understand your rights.

Longliner Injuries

The lawyers at Kraft Davies have spent decades successfully representing commercial fishermen working on longline fishing vessels. We represent crewmembers injured while working for Alaska Leader Fisheries, LLC, Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc., Fishermen’s Finest, Inc., Beauty Bay of Washington, LLC, Tatoosh Seafood, LLC, Clipper Seafoods, Ltd., Blue North Fisheries, Cape Romanzof Fisheries, Deep Sea Fisheries, Inc., Coastal Villages, and many other fishing companies. We know that your job aboard a longliner is hard, and often involves heavy seas, long hours, and fast-paced work. Companies operating longliners have a duty to exercise reasonable care to protect crewmembers from harm. If you are injured due to the negligence of your employer (including the negligence of another crewmember), or due to an unsafe condition aboard the vessel, you are likely entitled to compensation for your injury. If you have been injured while working aboard a longliner, call our office today to speak to a lawyer and receive a free case evaluation.

Merchant Mariners

For decades, our Seattle based maritime personal injury lawyers have represented injured merchant mariners, blue-water seamen, captains, mates, engineers, able-bodied seamen, and stewards in injuries that occur on tankers, container ships, reefer ships, bulk carriers, log carriers, LNG carriers, chemical tankers, and other carrier ships throughout the world. The Jones Act and general maritime law provide injured seaman a claim for compensation for injuries sustained on the water. When you suffer an injury on a tanker ship, you need a law firm that understands your industry, the equipment used on the ships, understands the chain-of-command on vessels, and that will be able to hit the ground running in your claim with a focused understanding of the important maritime legal issues.

We know that you depend on your work on ships to support your family and how an injury can interrupt or even permanently prevent you from earning a living working on the ship. Our lawyers can help you recover lost wages, lost benefits, and damages for pain and disability caused by an unsafe condition on the ship. Want a free case evaluation? What is your claim worth? Contact our experienced maritime personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.

Washington State Ferry Crews

The lawyers of Kraft Davies PLLC have represented injured Washington State ferry crews for decades. Whether you work in the engine room or out on deck, our maritime injury lawyers can help bring your claim to a successful and efficient resolution. We have represented captains, mates, quartermasters, able-bodied seamen, ordinary seamen, chief engineers, and oilers in all types of claims with the Washington State Ferries. Common types of injuries on the ferries include slips-and-falls, injuries from heavy lifting, falls down stairways or ladders, falls on the car ramp apron, and injuries from being struck by cars on the car deck. Because we have handled many claims against the Washington State Ferries over the years, we understand the safety rules and safety management practices of the ferry system. Through this experience in other cases, we know when the ferry system violates its own rules and how to effective bring a claim.

Need to know the value of your claim? What compensation are you entitled to if you get injured working for Washington State Ferries? Contact us today for a free consultation to learn important information about your rights and your claim.

Cruise Ship Injuries

Have you been injured on a Holland America Line cruise ship? How are you going to pay for your medical bills? Our Seattle-based cruise ship injury lawyers are ready to help. We’ve helped hundreds of injured cruise ship passengers bring successful claims against Holland America Line and other cruise lines for injuries sustained on a cruise ship. The cruise contract with Holland America Line requires that all claims be brought against the company in federal or state court in Seattle, Washington within one-year of the injury. Cruise ship passengers are required to give written notice to Holland America Line of their claim within six-months from the date of the injury. Do not delay. Only a lawyer licensed to practice law in the state of Washington can bring a lawsuit against Holland America Line in Seattle. Because of our experience in bringing claims against Holland America Line, we are familiar with their safety rules and when the rules are violated.

What is your cruise ship injury case worth? How will you pay for your medical bills? How do you get compensated if you have a permanent injury? Contact us today for a free case evaluation and answers to these important questions. We offer a free consultation to injured Holland America Line passengers.

Port & Pier Injuries

Have you been injured at a Port or Pier in Washington State? Would you like to know if you have a valid claim? What is the value of your port injury claim? Our Seattle-based maritime personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in helping people injured on docks, piers, and ports. Whether you were injured at Port of Tacoma, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, or Port of Everett while at work or injured at another dock or pier in Washington State, we are ready to help. Unique legal rules apply to injuries that occur on docks, piers, and ports. For that reason, it is important that you retain a law firm with substantial experience in port, dock, and pier injuries and the resources to successfully bring a claim. We can help. For decades, our lawyers have represented people injured at ports, piers, and docks. When you suffer a serious injury, you need a law firm that can get you the compensation needed to support your family and the resources make a recovery. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your injury at a port, pier, or dock.

Maritime Injury Law Experience Matters

Maritime injury cases are different than land-based personal injury cases and demand maritime lawyers that have a background in the maritime industry and the complexities of maritime law. With over 65 years of experience in maritime personal injury cases, our Washington maritime injury lawyers are well known for their experience in the courtroom and their knowledge of the maritime and fishing industries. Our lawyers have successfully handled major personal injury and maritime wrongful death cases in state and federal courts against many of the largest maritime, tug, and fishing companies working out on the water in Alaska, the Bering Sea, the North Pacific, Puget Sound, the Columbia River, and elsewhere. We know the maritime industry and how to get results for injured workers and passengers.

Benefits Available to Injured Seamen - Millions Collected

In the wake of a serious injury at sea, injured maritime workers need financial resources to begin rebuilding their lives. Our lawyers have collected millions in damages for injured maritime workers to reimburse lost past and future wages, retraining costs when workers cannot return to work at sea, maintenance and cure payments, and damages for pain, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life caused by needless injuries due to unsafe working conditions. The benefits available to an injured worker will depend on the specific facts of his or her case and we offer a free consultation to help injured maritime workers determine what benefits are available.

No Fees Unless We Make a Recovery for You

We accept cases on contingent fee, which means that our firm only gets paid for our work if we are able to make a financial recovery for you. The firm offers a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and help you determine how you wish to proceed. If you cannot meet us at our offices, we can meet you outside the office to discuss your important claim. Contact us today to speak with an experienced Washington maritime injury attorney for a free case evaluation at 206-207-6824.

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