Kodiak Commercial Fishermen Injuries
Maritime Lawyers For Injured Kodiak Alaska Fishermen and Seamen
The maritime lawyers at Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC have been representing injured Alaska fishermen and seamen for nearly 25 years. If you live in Kodiak and have been seriously injured aboard a fishing vessel, they are available to meet with you, usually within 24-48 hours.
Alaska fishermen injured through negligence or unseaworthiness are entitled to compensation under Federal Maritime Law and the Jones Act. The lawyers at Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC have represented thousands of injured seamen and recovered millions of dollars in compensation for their clients. They understand fishermen. They know how difficult and dangerous work aboard a fishing vessel can be. They understand how accidents happen aboard fishing vessels, and know how those accidents could have been prevented. They understand your injuries, and know how those injuries can impact you the rest of your life. Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC is dedicated to getting their clients full and complete compensation for their injuries.
Kodiak, Alaska is a center for commercial fisherman. Kodiak is home port to crab boats, draggers, trawlers, trollers, longliners, and catcher processors. In 2008 Kodiak had commercial fish landings of 250 million pounds, making them fifth place in terms of poundage, and ranking them third in terms of the landings value. The lawyers at Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC are familiar and experienced with handling all types of Alaska fishing accident cases.
In almost all cases, injured seamen are entitled to maintenance and cure benefits. This means your employer must pay your reasonable and necessary medical expenses, including travel to and from the doctors’ offices. You have the right to choose your own doctors. In many cases, Kodiak crewmen may need to be seen by medical specialists in Anchorage or Seattle. Your employer must advance the costs of this transportation if it is reasonably necessary. Seamen are also entitled to maintenance, which is a daily living allowance that should continue until you have reached maximum medical improvement. If you are injured, you should be paid for the full length of your fishing contract or to the end of the season.
The Jones Act and General Maritime Law provides additional compensation for seamen injured through negligence or unseaworhiness. Damages may include compensation for lost past and future wages, lost earning capacity, schooling expenses, past and future pain and suffering, and medical expenses.
Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC is proud of their tradition and successful history of representing injured maritime workers in Alaska. They have taken on the tough cases and handled such high profile cases as the sinkings of the Alaska Ranger, Arctic Rose Katmai, Aleutian Enterprise, Galaxy, Amber Dawn, Pacific Apollo, Vestfjord, Lin J, and Pace Setter. Many lawyers claim to be experienced in handling Alaska fishing accidents, but Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC have the case results to prove their experience.
If you have been injured working on a fishing vessel, you should have a lawyer on your side to protect your rights to compensation. Getting you what is fair is hard work. Insurance companies count on an injured seaman not knowing what fair compensation they are entitled to under the maritime law. Insurance companies make money by paying as little as possible on injury claims. Serious injuries will impact you the rest of your life, and you shouldn’t settle for less than full compensation. Contact a maritime lawyer at Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC for a free initial consultation. Call 1-877-332-5529.