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Do you need help handling your maritime injury claim with the Polaris Group, Aasgard Summit or another marine insurance adjusting firm? We can help. Learn about your rights to benefits under Federal Maritime law, including the Jones Act, and the right to maintenance and cure.

Few seamen who have been injured working at sea know what benefits they are entitled to, or how to determine what is fair compensation for their injuries. Are you confused about what benefits you are entitled to, or what type of medical care is allowed under the maritime law?

If you have been injured working aboard a vessel, ship, barge, or fishing boat, you should contact an experienced maritime attorney to learn about your rights to compensation under Federal law. The maritime lawyers at Stacey and Jacobsen can explain to you your rights under the general maritime law to maintenance and cure, and unearned wages. They can explain to you your rights to compensation under the Jones Act for negligent injury or injury through unseaworthiness of the vessel.

What Does A Claim Entail?

Frequently, representing injured seamen involves complex issues of law and fact, including issues of: Safe vessel operation; procedures and equipment; medical issues; vocational retraining; lost earning capacity; calculating economic losses; and, determining the fair value of compensation for pain and suffering and disability

The earlier you get a maritime lawyer on your side, the earlier you will be able to get fair compensation. Call our Seattle-based law firm at 866-974-9633 to get started on your case today.

Many injured workers are disappointed after many months of waiting, to find out the insurance company will not make them a fair offer of settlement. If you have a serious accident claim that has caused you disability, lost wages, and pain and suffering, shouldn't you have an experienced maritime lawyer on your side from the beginning of your claim? An experienced maritime lawyer will investigate and help you prepare your claim so that you will receive proper medical treatment, timely payment of benefits, and obtain the fair and full compensation for your injuries that you are entitled to under the law.

If you are being told by an insurance company that your maritime accident is your fault, it's time to contact an experienced maritime lawyer. Few accidents at sea are not preventable if proper safety precautions are taken for crew safety. In many cases, it may be in your best interest to start a lawsuit as early as possible to assert your rights to compensation.

If you don't think you are being offered a fair settlement for your past and future disability, future medical bills, past and future pain and suffering, or past and future lost earnings, you need an experienced maritime lawyer to help you with your claim.

What You Should Know About Maritime Insurance Adjusting Firms

Marine Insurance adjusting companies work for the insurance company. Insurance companies make their money by paying as little on each injury claim as is possible. They are not on the injured crewman's side, and are not obligated to have your best interest in mind. Part of their job as an insurance adjuster is to gather evidence that will help the vessel owner and boat owner defeat or limit the compensation that you may receive. The insurance adjusters are taking notes on everything you say. From the very beginning of your maritime injury claim, they will likely be contacting witnesses in an effort to claim the accident was your fault and not the fault of the employer or vessel owner. If you have given the insurance adjusting firm a medical authorization, they may be asking your doctors for medical opinions that may adversely impact your claim.

If you have any doubts about who the insurance adjusting firm that is handling your claim is representing, ask them to send you the same reports about your claim that they are sending to the vessel owner, your employer, and the insurance company. They won't do it because they are not representing your interest, and they are not explaining to you everything you should know about your claim. Whose interest the insurance adjusting firm is representing is repeatedly seen when lawsuits are filed. The insurance adjusting firm will routinely, in most states, claim their file is privileged and prepared as part of the insurance company's defense against your claim.

We Can Help

The maritime lawyers at Stacey and Jacobsen have been representing injured seamen whose claims are being adjusted by insurance adjusting firms like the Polaris Group* and Aasgard Summit* for nearly 25 years. The Polaris Group and Aasgard Summit are the two largest insurance adjusting firms in the Northwest handling maritime personal injury claims. Stacey and Jacobsen does not represent the Polaris Group, Aasgard Summit, or their insurance carriers. Stacey and Jacobsen have successfully represented many injured seamen whose claims were being adjusted by the Polaris Group and Aasgard Summit.

Stacey and Jacobsen are experienced maritime lawyers that focus their practice on representing injured seamen in claims for negligence and unseaworthiness. They have handled thousands of Jones Act cases for injured fishermen, tug boat crewmen, ferry workers, and other maritime workers. You can contact us for a free initial consultation. They will give you a fair evaluation of your claim and the way it is being handled.

Our Successes
$16,000,000 - Jury Verdict for Ferry Worker Injury Gangway Collapse
$4,200,000 - Wrongful Death Judgment for longshoreman killed by unsafe cargo container stow.
$4,000,000 - Jones Act Maritime Wrongful Death
$4,000,000 - Burn Injuries Fire and explosion in engine room of fishing vessel.
$3,500,000 - Brain Injury Tug boat deckhand injured by defect in barge’s crane.
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