Dungeness Crab Boat Accidents
The dangers of fishing for Dungeness crab off the Washington and Oregon Coasts are becoming more widely understood. In fact, statistics show that Dungeness crab fishing is more deadly than fishing crab in Alaska. Overloading of the vessels, negligent operation of the crab boat, lack of maintenance, operating in too heavy of weather, defective equipment, and lack of training and safety procedures, can quickly lead to serious injury on a Dungeness crab fishing boat.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in Washington or Oregon in a crab boat fishing accident, you should contact an experienced maritime lawyer to learn about your rights to compensation under Federal Maritime law.
The Jones Act provides compensation for crewmembers injured on fishing boats as a result of negligence. You may also have a claim under the General Maritime Law for unseaworthiness. Under these two laws you may receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, medical expenses, and retraining costs. Don’t guess about your rights to compensation or trust an insurance adjuster to tell you what is fair. Insurance companies make money by settling cases with injured seamen who do not understand what is fair compensation for their injury claims.
The lawyers at Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC have represented thousands of injured fishermen. They have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for their clients located throughout Oregon and Washington. Their experience includes handling wrongful death cases in high profile accidents cases s such as the Alaska Ranger, Arctic Rose, Aleutian Enterprise, Katmai, Nesika, Pace Setter, Amber Dawn, Galaxy, Vestfjord, and many others. The lawyers of the firm understand how accidents happen aboard crab fishing boats, and how those accidents could have been prevented. We understand fishermen, their lives, and how injuries can impact their careers. We are dedicated to seeking fair compensation for our clients.