Fishermen Have Legal Rights to Injury Compensation
The Jones Act entitles injured commercial fishermen to compensation for injuries at work, including maintenance and cure. In cases where injuries are so severe that you cannot return to your job or there is a death, you may be entitled to even more compensation. A fishing vessel accident requires an experienced Jones Act maritime attorney who understands the law, and the impact of serious maritime injuries and the wrongful death of a fisherman will have on the surviving family.
Commercial fishermen hurt on the job may be able to gain damages for fishing injury, including compensation for the following:
- Lost wages
- Earning capacity
- Past and future pain, suffering and mental anguish
- Physical disfigurement
- Past and future medical bills
Our work on behalf of commercial fishermen and maritime workers hurt on fishing vessels has resulted in several verdicts and settlements totaling more than a million dollars. This includes a $1.5 million settlement we gained for our client, a crew member on a fishing vessel, who suffered a line strike injury because of alleged negligence on the part of his fellow crew members who did not follow the haul back process correctly among other issues.
Are You a Commercial Fisherman? Injured On the Job? We Help Nationwide Fishermen Financially Recover
When employers or boat owners fail to install, repair and maintain the vessels or and follow proper procedures and operations on vessels, the workplace for a fisherman can be unsafe and dangerous. Whether the negligence by a fisherman’s employer is gross or minor, it can result in injury or wrongful death of the worker.
Workers’ compensation does not apply to maritime workers who work on the water. Fortunately, there are other legal protections in place for commercial fishermen. Maritime law contains ways to help those who have been the victim of a fishing boat accident caused by someone else’s negligence or the unseaworthiness of the vessel, which can help fishermen recover compensation for their injuries.
Jones Act Lawyers Who Represent New Jersey Fishermen
While our home state of Massachusetts also boasts a fishing industry, New Jersey also has a number of well-established fishing ports that bring in more than 100 different species of fish and shellfish. Even though our attorneys are Bostonians, we are proud to represent New Jersey fishermen involved in maritime accidents from these ports:
- Cape May/Wildwood
- Atlantic City
- Point Pleasant
- Long Beach-Barnegat
- Perth Amboy
However, our more than 50 years of service to maritime workers means we have the legal resources needed to represent commercial fishermen or those working in fisherman jobs hurt while working at sea from across the United States and internationally.
Rely On Our Jones Act Maritime Attorney After a Commercial Fishing Accident
If you or a member of your family suffers a serious injury or dies in a commercial fishing accident, you must act quickly. Maritime law, including the Jones Act, imposes time limits on when you can obtain compensation for your injuries and loss.
At the maritime law firm Latti & Anderson LLP, we have the experience to ensure that you receive the full maintenance and cure to which you are entitled under the law, plus any lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering damages you deserve. We understand the complexities of maritime law and have won cases for a wide range of claims involving the Death of the High Seas Act, crab fisheries, boat crashes and more on behalf of commercial fishermen.
Contact a maritime attorney today to tell us about your case – we serve clients nationwide and are ready to guide you in the right direction.