Blue North Fisheries Maritime Claims
Blue North Fisheries is a Seattle-based fishing company. It currently has a fleet of five vessels operating in the Alaska hook and line cod fishery, including F/V Blue North, F/V Blue Pacific, F/V Blue Gadus, F/V Blue Ballard, and F/V Blue Attu. Their newest vessel, Blue North, completed in the Fall of 2016, is an environmentally friendly vessel designed with advanced safety measures. The crew works safely under the deck to haul in the vessel’s longlines. As a result of this design change, seamen working on the Blue North are no longer exposed to extreme temperatures for extended periods and are no longer at risk of falling overboard while hauling.
Even with additional safety measures, working as a commercial fisherman is a dangerous job, and accidents resulting in injuries to crewmembers do occur. For example, in November of 2016, a Blue North crewmember injured his neck, and the Coast Guard had to conduct a long-range medevac to Anchorage so that he could receive necessary medical care. If you or a loved one were injured working for Blue North Fisheries, the lawyers at Kraft Davies are available to help you recover the damages and compensation you may be entitled to under the law. For over 65 years, our lawyers have successfully represented injured seamen in maritime claims against some of the largest fishing companies.
Seamen injured while working on Blue North Fisheries vessels are protected under general maritime law and the Jones Act. In almost every case, injured seamen are entitled to maintenance and cure benefits. Maintenance covers daily living expenses, like rent and food. Cure refers to all reasonable and necessary medical costs relating to the injury. You can receive maintenance and cure no matter who was at fault for the injury, and you are entitled to these payments until you have reached the point of maximum medical improvement. You have reached maximum medical improvement when a medical professional determines that no additional treatment will improve your condition.
If Blue North Fisheries’ or a fellow crewmember’s negligence caused your injury, you might be entitled to additional compensation under the Jones Act. The Jones Act obligates your employer to provide a safe workplace to its workers. For example, there must be safety procedures in place, crew members must be trained, and all equipment must be properly maintained. The damages available under the Jones Act are much more extensive than typical workers’ compensation. Injured seamen may be entitled to receive damages for pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, lost past and future wages, and medical expenses, among others.
Kraft Davies, PLLC is a nationally recognized leader in maritime personal injury law. Kraft Davies has significant experience representing injured seamen against Blue North 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.