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Injuries on Commercial Fishing Vessels

Kraft Davies Olsson PLLC attorneys represent fishermen and processors injured on the high seas while working for Seattle or Alaska based companies in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, Puget Sound, off the coast of the Western United States, or elsewhere.

Representing Clients Injured on Commercial Fishing Vessels

Crab boat Fishing is one of the more dangerous jobs in the world and the risk to workers is increased when fishing companies fail to follow established safeguards and safety regulations. When investigating injury cases, our maritime injury lawyers consult with some of the best expert witnesses in the field to find the cause of your injury and identify violations of safety regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) and other industry standards that may apply to your injury. Under the Jones Act, a violation of a safety regulation will result in a finding of negligence and will help establish your liability case.

We handle a variety of complex commercial fishing injury cases involving:

  • Factory Trawlers
  • Longliners
  • Crabber
  • Purse Seiners
  • Gillnetters
  • Trawlers
  • Jig Fishers

Over the years, our lawyers have prosecuted hundreds of commercial fishing cases for injured seamen, fishermen, and processors. Through these cases, we have gained special insight in maritime operations and fishing operations that are critical to understanding how to prosecute a claim. Because we know our way around a fishing boat, and understand the procedures, we have an advantage in prosecuting your case.

Like fishing itself, our practice representing commercial fishermen and processors is diverse. We accept commercial fishing injury cases involving the following fisheries in Alaska, the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, Bristol Bay, Aleutian Islands, Kodiak, Chignik, Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound, Copper River, Kotzebue Sound, Norton Sound, Alaska Peninsula, Washington, Puget Sound, and off the Western Coast of the United States:

  • Salmon, including Chinook, coho, pink/chum, sockeye
  • Herring, including sac row and food/bait
  • Shellfish, including razor clam, hard-shell clam, and scallop
  • Pacific cod
  • Rockfish
  • Lingcod
  • Sablefish
  • Red/blue king crab
  • Golden king crab
  • Tanner cab
  • Shrimp
  • Pollock
  • Yellowfin sole

While your case is pending, we will consult with your doctors and providers to examine the medical issues in your case, determine the long-term consequences of your injury, determine whether future medical treatment is required, and whether you will be able to return to your commercial fishing employment. You may have suffered a brain injury, back or neck injury, spinal cord injury, amputation or other serious or catastrophic injury in the course of your employment on a commercial fishing boat. You may be unable to work for a long time, and you need the best available medical care.

A successful injury claim may help you obtain the compensation you need for losses including damages for lost wages, impairment of your ability to earning a living, pain and suffering, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. Kraft Davies Olsson PLLC, is known for aggressive, effective legal representation of injured seamen, including fishermen and processors. Our lawyers explore all options in pursuit of maximum compensation from all sources available to our clients.

If one of our Seattle commercial fishing injury lawyers represents you, you can be assured that your best interests will be well-guarded in all negotiations — and in court. Contact us at 206.624.8844 or e-mail the law firm to schedule a free initial consultation after an accident injury on a commercial fishing vessel.

At Kraft Davies Olsson PLLC, we carefully screen potential cases to ensure that we devote our resources to those clients who need our help. Likewise, we hope that you take time to become well-informed about a lawyer's background and experience before deciding who will represent you after an accidental injury or fatality on a commercial fishing vessel.

Contact Our Washington Commercial Fisherman Injury Lawyers

For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced attorney regarding a case that involves an injury on a fishing boat, maritime law, admiralty law or other personal injury, please contact us.