Commercial Fishing Can Cause Injuries to Maritime Workers

Maritime Injuries Nov 16, 2020

Commercial Fishing Vessel Accident Near Florence, Oregon Claims Lives

An example of a dangerous commercial fishing accident occurred in June 2020 when a fishing boat called the Acquarius struck the south jetty in the Siuslaw River Bar near Florence, Oregon, and started taking on water, causing crew members to jump overboard. This particular area has a very narrow channel, and the Oregon State Marine Board warns boaters to use extreme caution when operating near this bar. The U.S Coast Guard responded to the vessel’s distress call to help the crew who had abandoned the ship. Unfortunately, two individuals were lost as a result of this commercial fishing boat accident.  

Maritime workers, such as these individuals, are severely injured each year because of vessel accidents such as this one.  If you or a loved one sustained a serious maritime injury while engaging in commercial fishing, the experienced maritime accident lawyers at Willis Law Firm are here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.  Call our office today for a free case evaluation. Our firm is different from other maritime law firms because we always put our clients first and fight for injured maritime workers. 

How Can a Jones Act Accident Lawyer Help?

Accidents sustained by commercial fishermen can be severe.  Fortunately, there are laws that protect maritime workers, such as the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).  These federal laws apply to various maritime workers, depending on their job responsibilities, and help them receive compensation for damages they sustain while working aboard a vessel.  Some examples of damages that maritime workers may recover include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical bills 
  • Lost wages 
  • Costs from rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering

For more information on maritime injury laws, contact the maritime accident lawyers at Willis Law Firm.  Also, reference our article called Maritime Legislation that Protects You for more details.

Next Steps: Contact the Maritime Accident Lawyers at Willis Law Firm Today. We Can Help!

Are you a commercial fisherman injured while working aboard a vessel? If so, contact the maritime accident lawyers at Willis Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.  Our experienced team can answer your questions about maritime law and the compensation to which you may be entitled. You can contact Willis Law Firm by phone at 1-800-468-4878 or email us through our online webform to find out more about your legal rights and options.

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