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Seattle Maritime Injury Attorneys

Seattle's unique geographic location has provided many of its residents with work on fishing boats, cruise ships, ferry barges and other seafaring vessels. However, these jobs can also be among the most dangerous that a person can perform. There are specific laws that apply to maritime accidents, and the Seattle injury lawyers at Olive|Bearb Law Group, PLLC have the experience and expertise to take on the most complex and difficult maritime injury cases.

Claims Under Maritime Law

There are unique laws in place in order to protect workers in these hazardous conditions. While maritime workers can recover through personal injury lawsuits, remedies are also available under The Jones Act of 1920, which can provide an injured worker with health care costs and lost wages associated with an injury on the job. The Jones Act provides remedies to "seamen" who have been injured while working on a maritime vessel, such as engineers, crew members, deckhands and fishermen. The trial lawyers at Olive|Bearb Law Group, PLLC can help you through this often difficult process, ensuring that your employer is held accountable for your payments and that they are delivered accurately and on time.

Another law, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), applies to maritime workers who are not considered "seamen" under the Jones Act. LHWCA provides benefits similar to workers' compensation benefits to loaders, workers on docks, terminals, piers, dry dock facilities and other areas on the navigable waters of the United States.

Our attorneys are qualified to handle claims involving:

  • International maritime injuries
  • Tanker and cargo ship injuries
  • Work vessel injuries
  • Offshore drilling rigs, including jack-up drilling rigs, semi-submersible drilling rigs and drill ships
  • Tugboat and barge injuries
  • Inland marine injuries
  • Dockworker injuries
  • Cruise ship injuries

There are time limits to bringing a suit for injuries under the Jones Act. In the tragic event that a maritime worker is injured or killed aboard a vessel, the worker, or family on their behalf, may bring a Jones Act suit in which they can recover monetary damages and have a jury trial. Passengers who have been injured on vessels can also have remedies under the Doctrine of Seaworthiness or the Death on the High Seas Act in the tragic event of a fatal injury. There can be different, sometimes shorter time limits to bring a suit for injuries sustained on a cruise ship. In fact, in many cruise ship cases you must notify the cruise ship within 6 month of the injury if you intend to file suit, in order to preserve your claim.

Contact Our Seattle Maritime Law Attorneys

The Seattle maritime injury attorneys at Olive|Bearb Law Group, PLLC are experienced in handling cases that involve the Jones Act and LHWCA and will fight aggressively to enforce the legal responsibilities of maritime employers or others who cause injury through their negligence. Each maritime case has its own unique set of circumstances, and the lawyers at Olive|Bearb Law Group, PLLC provide extensive and personalized legal representation so that you and your family can start the recovery process. For more information about our legal services, contact our Seattle office at 206-629-9262.