Bellingham Maritime Injuries Attorneys
If you were injured while serving your employer’s vessel as a seaman or while working on a shore or harbor as a longshoreman, harbor worker, fisherman, crabber, longliner, fish processor, factory trawler, gill netter, seiner, dragger, deckhand or in another commercial maritime position; you have rights under maritime and admiralty laws – and a maritime injury attorney can help. Understanding maritime injuries and how the law works can be confusing, but Tario & Associates P.S. can bridge that gap. Commercial maritime workers, often called seamen, take on a high risk for injury on the job; serious maritime accidents may involve loss of limbs, burns from ship fires, drowning due to ship sinkings, and wrongful death.
If you are struggling with an injury or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death caused by a maritime accident, it can be difficult to get medical treatment or to grieve while fighting to recover damages. You should not be left suffering because of injuries caused by your employer. As dedicated maritime injury lawyers, we seek justice on your behalf through tough negotiations and a maritime injury lawsuit, if necessary. The experienced maritime accident lawyers at Tario & Associates, P.S. are here to make Washington State, Alaska, California and Oregon maritime laws work for you so you can recover a full and fair accident settlement and get back to work (if possible)!
Our expert maritime accident attorneys and offshore wrongful death attorneys handle each step of the plaintiff’s personal injury claim from filing the complaint, interviewing witnesses and gathering documents to negotiation, pre-litigation and court trial, if necessary. Our firm offers FREE case evaluations, home and hospital visits, and no attorney fees unless you recover damages. Do not delay, contact the best vessel sinkings lawyer Bellingham has today! There is a statute of limitations on filing your injury claim.
Common maritime accidents involve:
- Unseaworthy vessels
- Vessel sinkings
- Ship fires
- Boating accidents
- Offshore explosions
The Jones Act is federal legislation that protects seamen, crew members, and other workers injured at sea. If you or a loved one was injured while working at or by the sea, you may be entitled to recover damages under the Jones Act. Damages may include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, and medical expenses.
Can a Wrongful Death Action be filed under the Jones Act?
In the tragic event of a wrongful death, there are protections provided under the Jones Act. The person considered the personal representative of a seaman / crew member who died on shore or within three nautical miles from shore, may bring a wrongful death claim under the Jones Act. This representative is typically representing the surviving widow and/or the children. In the absence of these relationships then the employee’s parents, siblings, or others dependent on the seaman may be represented
An employer has a duty to provide a seaworthy and reasonably fit vessel for their employees. If you are looking for the best unseaworthiness lawyer Bellingham has to offer, you have come to the right place.
Maintenance and Cure
In most cases, injured seamen are entitled to maintenance and cure benefits. This means that seamen have the right to choose a doctor and receive compensation for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses associated with their injury. Seamen are also entitled to collect wages through the end of their employment contract and then a basic living allowance until they have reached maximum medical improvement. An employer who refuses to provide maintenance and cure benefits may risk a punitive damages lawsuit in certain states.
Since 1979, the Bellingham maritime accident lawyers at Tario & Associates, P.S. have been advocating for victims in Alaska and down the West Coast who were seriously injured or died as a result of maritime accidents that occurred on commercial fishing vessels, crab boats, off-shore barges, docks, cruise ships and other maritime locations. Maritime injury laws are specific and can be quite complicated; we will help you identify whether you have a case and fight for the compensation you deserve.
How do I know whether I should pursue a maritime injury claim?
We believe your well being and the well being of your family is more important than money or legal action. However, if you or a loved one has suffered an injury at sea, you may be entitled to damages to help compensate for your losses.
Do I really need to hire an attorney or should I handle my own maritime injury claim?
A maritime injury attorney will help you determine whether or not you have a viable maritime injury claim. Tario & Associates, P.S. has vast experience fighting for injured maritime workers by working with highly qualified marine safety investigators, naval experts, board-certified medical personnel and health care providers, injury experts, physical capacities experts, and job experts. We are often able to settle injury cases for five to twenty times the amount a person would receive by fighting on their own.
How much do I have to pay to pursue a claim?
There are no upfront costs or fees paid by our clients to pursue a maritime accident claim. We provide representation on a contingency fee basis for all personal injury cases. While you will not incur any attorney fees if you do not win your case, Washington State law requires clients to reimburse the law firm for out-of-pocket expenses. Our firm advances out-of-pocket costs for our injury clients and does not require payment of any of these costs up front. When cases are concluded with a monetary recovery, our firm is repaid for the out-of-pocket costs we have advanced with a percentage of the settlement.
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If you or a loved one was injured, you have enough to worry about. Let us give you Peace of Mind. Call the most experienced practicing deckhands lawyer Bellingham has to offer at Tario & Associates, P.S. today.