Commercial Fishing, Crabbing, Processing Injuries
Working in the commercial fishing industry as a fish processor, deckhand, marine engineer, mate or other technician is difficult work with long hours. Because conditions can be dangerous, it’s important that a responsible fishing vessel owner takes measures to reduce injuries and not promote an environment of production over worker safety. When safety is ignored in favor of meeting production quotas, hard-working people get hurt and lives can be changed forever. Common causes of injuries on fishing vessels include: unreasonably slippery decks or stairs, falling cargo, unsafe lifting practices, unguarded machines, unsecured equipment that shifts in wave conditions, unreasonably long work hours, and failure to provide safe access to shore.Over 65 Years of Combined Experience Working for Injured Fishermen.
With over 65 years of combined experience representing injured commercial fishermen and fish processors, our Seattle based lawyers have taken on some of the largest fishing companies in the world for injured workers. We know how the fishing industry works, the equipment that you use to perform your work, and have the knowledge and resources to effectively pursue maximum compensation for you under the Jones Act.
Following an injury, you need peace of mind and competent representation. Your case should not be the training ground for a lawyer without the experience, know-how, or resources to handle your case effectively. When selecting a law firm, you should look at the experience of the maritime injury lawyers handling your case and whether they are known for taking cases to trial when a company offers an inadequate settlement. You should consider whether the firm has the financial resources to go the distance with the fishing company in court.
Our award-winning maritime injury lawyers are well-known for their expertise in maritime personal injury cases. We have the skill and resources necessary to obtain the best outcome on your case. We offer a free evaluation of your claim to help you determine whether you have a case and what it may be worth.Experienced Advocates for Commercial Fishermen and Fish Processors
Our Seattle maritime injury lawyers work hard to protect the rights and livelihoods of injured fishermen, fish processors, and deckhands working on fishing boats. Contact us at 206-624-8844 or toll free at 800-448-8008, if you have been injured in any of the following:
- Crab Boat Accidents
- Long-Liner Accidents
- Factory Trawler Accidents
- Commercial Fishing Vessel Accidents
- Fish Processors on Factory Trawlers
At Kraft Davies, PLLC, we encourage all commercial fishermen and fish processors to ensure that they have filled out a report to document the injury incident promptly, and, if possible, have the master log the injury. After the injury is reported, you should get proper evaluation by a medical doctor as soon as possible.Your Rights in a Commercial Fishing Injury Claim
If you have been injured working in the commercial fishing industry, you may be entitled to the following:
- Unearned Wages
- Maintenance and Cure
- Damages for Lost Wages
- Damages for Lost Earning Capacity
- Damages Future Lost Wages
- Damages for Pain, Suffering and Permanent Disability
- Damages for Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Our attorneys bring not only experience in this specific area of our personal injury practice, but a thorough knowledge of the Jones Act and other maritime laws. That level of service ensures that your commercial fishing injury claim will get the attention it deserves from a seasoned maritime attorney.Contact a Seattle Fishing Injury Attorney
Don't be coerced into taking a quick settlement from your employer or their insurance company. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer regarding a crabbing injury or processing accident, please contact us or call 206-624-8844 for a free initial consultation.