Fishermen, crabbers, longliners, fish processors, factory trawlers, gill netters, seiners, draggers, deckhands and other commercial maritime workers, often called seamen, take on a high risk for injury on the job including loss of limbs or drownings due to sinking accidents. If you are struggling with an injury from a maritime accident, it can be difficult to obtain the right medical treatment and fight for the benefits you deserve. You should not be left suffering because of injuries caused by your employer; we are dedicated to seeking justice on your behalf through tough negotiations and a maritime injury lawsuit if necessary.
The dedicated maritime injury attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. are here to make maritime laws work for you in Washington State, Alaska, California and Oregon. We provide FREE case evaluations, home and hospital visits and no attorney fees unless you recover damages. Do not delay; contact us today! There is a statute of limitations on filing your injury claim.
The Jones Act is federal legislation that protects seamen, crew members and other workers injured at sea. If you or a loved was injured while working at or by the sea, you may be entitled to recover damages under the Jones Act. Damages may include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life and medical expenses.
In the tragic event of a wrongful death, there are protections provided under the Jones Act. The person considered the personal representative of a seaman / crew member who died on shore or within three nautical miles from shore, may bring a wrongful death claim under the Jones Act. This representative is typically representing the surviving widow or husband and children. In the absence of these relationships then the employee’s parents, siblings or others dependent on the seaman may be represented.
An employer has a duty to provide a seaworthy and reasonably fit vessel for their employees. If a vessel is deemed unseaworthy then the employer could be held liable for damages from an injury that occurred on board.
Maintenance and cure
In most cases, injured seamen are entitled to maintenance and cure benefits. This means that seamen have the right to choose a doctor and receive compensation for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses associated with their injury. Seamen are also entitled to collect wages through the end of their employment contract and then a basic living allowance until they have reached maximum medical improvement. An employer who refuses to provide maintenance and cure benefits may risk a punitive damages lawsuit.
Michael Tario opened the prominent Bellingham law firm Tario & Associates, P.S. in 1979, followed by the Mount Vernon office in 1988. Over the years the personal injury attorneys at the firm have helped thousands of injured seamen in Mount Vernon and throughout Skagit County to receive fair compensation and just treatment for their injuries. We advocate for victims who were seriously injured or died as a result of maritime accidents that occurred on commercial fishing vessels, crab boats, off-shore barges, docks and other maritime locations.
We believe your well being and the well being of your family is more important than money or legal action. However, if you or a loved one has suffered an injury at sea, you may be entitled to damages to help compensate for your losses. Maritime injury laws are specific and can be quite complicated; we will help you identify whether you have a case and fight for the compensation you deserve.
A maritime injury attorney will help you determine whether or not you have a viable maritime injury claim. Tario & Associates, P.S. has vast experience fighting for injured maritime workers by working with highly qualified marine safety investigators, naval experts, board-certified medical personnel and health care providers, injury experts, physical capacities experts and job experts. We are often able to settle injury cases for five to twenty times the amount a person would receive by fighting on their own.
There are no upfront costs or fees paid by our clients to pursue a maritime accident claim. We provide representation on a contingency fee basis for all personal injury cases. While you will not incur any attorney fees if you do not win your case, Washington law requires clients to reimburse the law firm for out-of-pocket expenses. Our firm advances out-of-pocket costs for our injury clients and does not require payment of any of these costs up front. When cases are concluded with a monetary recovery, our firm is repaid out of the recovery for the out-of-pocket costs we have advanced.
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If you or loved one was injured, you have enough to worry about. Let us give you peace of mind. Call the experienced Mount Vernon personal injury lawyers at Tario & Associates, P.S. today at 360-336-6666.