Arctic Storm Fisheries Maritime Injury Claims
Arctic Storm Fisheries is a Seattle based commercial fishing company that primarily harvests Alaskan Pollack and Pacific Whiting in the North Pacific Ocean. The fishing company owns and operates a fleet of three vessels.
- The Arctic Storm is a 334-foot-long catcher/processor that operates with a maximum crew of 134.
- The Artic Fjord is a 272-foot-long catcher/processor with a maximum crew of 127.
- The Sea Storm is a 123-foot-long fishing vessel with a maximum crew of 11.
Working on an Arctic Storm Fisheries vessel is a dangerous job. The long hours, dangerous equipment, and harsh conditions can lead to accidents and injuries. For example,
in 2019, a crew member of the Arctic Storm suffered a severe head injury after being hit in the head by a loose crane. He had to be airlifted by the Coast Guard to receive emergency medical treatment in Newport, Oregon.
Suffering an injury as a commercial fisherman can be devastating. However, injured commercial fishermen are entitled to compensation and damages under maritime law. Instead of workers’ compensation, injured seamen may be entitled to compensation and damages under the Jones Act or general maritime law. You should not enter into any agreements with your employer or insurance company before speaking to a qualified maritime attorney. At Kraft Davies, we help our clients navigate this complicated process and ensure that their rights are protected.
Maintenance and cure are benefits available under general maritime law to almost all seamen injured while working on an Arctic Storm Fisheries vessel. You are entitled to these benefits throughout the course of your recovery, no matter who was at fault for the injury. Maintenance is compensation for daily living expenses, and cure covers all reasonable and necessary medical expenses. Reasonable and necessary medical costs could include hospital bills, diagnosis testing, therapy expenses, medical devices, and transportation to and from appointments. If you were injured on an Arctic Storm Fisheries vessel, you have the right to be treated by an independent doctor of your choosing.
The Jones Act is a statutory remedy that provides compensation to seamen that were injured as a result of their employer’s negligence. Examples of negligence under the Jones Act include insufficient training, improperly maintained equipment, and a failure to provide the proper equipment. Most injuries can be prevented if proper safety procedures are in place. Arctic Storm Fisheries can be liable under the Jones Act if it played any part—no matter how small—in causing your injury. Additionally, seamen who have preexisting injuries are not barred from bringing Jones Act claims against their employer.
Kraft Davies Olsson PLLC is a nationally recognized leader in maritime personal injury law. Kraft Davies has significant experience representing injured seamen against Arctic Storm Fisheries. We understand the fishing industry and know how to get you the compensation that you deserve. If you or a loved one were injured in a commercial fishing or shipping accident, contact the attorneys at Kraft Davies today at 206-624-8844 or through this website.