Alaska Longshore Harbor Workers Claims
Alaska Longshore Harbor Workers Injured While Working Aboard Ships, Barges, and Fishing Vessels
Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP is one of the most experienced maritime personal injury law firms in the Country. The firm focuses their practice on representing injured seamen and maritime workers, including longshore harbor workers, in negligent actions against vessel owners under 33 USC Sec. 905(b). The firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for their clients throughout Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and across the Country. They know how accidents happen aboard ship, and how those accidents can be prevented. They understand your injuries, your jobs, and know how injuries can impact your ability to earn a living in the future.
Claims under sec 905(b) of the Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act are highly complex. A vessel owner has a duty to warn a stevedore at turnover of any hazards on the ship with respect to its equipment, that are known to the vessel or should be known, that would not be known by the stevedore, and would not be obvious to or anticipated by the stevedore. A ship owner who remains involved in the operations of the vessel at the time of the employees injury may have liability for their negligent acts and omissions. If you have been injured while working aboard ship, and there is an issue of negligence involving the vessel owner, you should contact an expe.rienced maritime injury lawyer for advice. Section 905(b) allows certain limited negligence actions for damages, in addition to the compensation payable by your employer under the Act. In all cases involving catastrophic injury or death of a longshoreman or harbor worker, a possible action under 905(b) against the vessel owner should be considered and evaluated.
Crew members of any vessel are excluded from coverage under the Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Crew members of a vessel are covered by the Jones Act. The Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act and the Jones Act are mutually exclusive. If there is any question about whether you are a Jones Act seaman or a Longshore Harbor Worker, you should contact an experienced maritime lawyer to have your claim reviewed.