At Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC, our lawyers have over 65 years of experience in assisting injured maritime workers and their families after serious injuries out on the water. Maritime injury claims are different than injury claims on land and require the special expertise of a maritime personal injury lawyer who understands the equipment used on vessels and the complex jurisdictional issues presented in maritime law cases. We are based in the maritime hub of Seattle, Washington and represent injured fishermen and seamen from around the country in serious injuries while working in the North Pacific, Alaska, the Bering Sea, the Puget Sound, Columbia River, and other maritime locations around the world.
Under maritime law, an injured or ill seaman is entitled to maintenance, cure, and unearned wages if they are injured or become ill in the service of the vessel regardless of fault. A seaman is entitled to additional benefits if the seaman can show that the employer was negligent or that the vessel’s equipment was unfit for an intended purpose. See the topics below for a more complete explanation of your rights and other maritime personal injury law topics.