Ballard, Seattle

Ballard and the Lake Washington Shipping Canal's commercial fishing history began three years before the 1917opening of Hiram Chittenden locks that separate the salt waters of the Puget Sound from the fresh inland waterways of Lake Washington and Lake Union. The locks make Ballard a unique off-season hideaway for a fleet that takes most of its harvest in the great fishing grounds of Alaska. Many of Ballard's crab boats, trawlers, seiners, salmon trollers and gillnetters also fish the waters of the Pacific Ocean just off the west coast of the lower 48 states. It is hard to know exactly how many of the 169,000,000 salmon landed in Alaska in 2010 were pulled in by Ballard vessels, but they certainly hauled in their share of the catch. Ballard boats surely brought in some of the 69 million pounds of Alaska crab caught over the winter of 2010-2011. Ballard fishermen travel difficult seas on their way to and from Alaska. Braving storms and rough seas waters every year in the Bristol Bay fishery is a normal part of their scary work. Commercial fishing is risky business and the seamen and women sailing from Ballard are frequently injured at sea. Injured fishermen and women are protected by the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 a federal law that is popularly known as the Jones Act. It compensates people who are injured through the negligence of their employers providing medical care and past and future wage losses.

If you have been hurt aboard a fishing vessel that may winter in Ballard, you need to know your rights and benefits under federal maritime law and the Jones Act. Injured fishermen have a right to maintenance and cure. Employers must pay all reasonable and necessary medical bills, and they may be obliged to pay you all the wages due through the end of your employment contract or the end of the season. If your injuries are caused by your employer's fault, the Jones Act also entitles you to pain and suffering damages, past and future lost income, the cost of training for a new career and medical care for as long as it takes to get better. Herschensohn Law PLLC can help you receive the compensation to which the law entitles you. Contact us for a free initial conversation and case evaluation with an experienced maritime law attorney.

On 15 October 2010, President Obama signed into law new safety statutes for the nation's commercial fishing fleet. The new laws build on the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988. The new laws are anticipated to be enforced as of 15 October 2012. When implemented, these changes are expected to help make commercial fishing safer. The Fishing Vessel Safety Act governs Ballard's fishing boats. The owners of boats that don't meet the standards set out by the Fishing Vessel Safety Act are legally negligent and the their vessels, by definition, are unseaworthy.

Herschensohn Law PLLC maritime injury attorneys have handled maritime wrongful death claims and have recovered compensation for injured fishermen throughout the country. Let us put our experience representing injured fishermen in Washington and Alaska to work to get you the money you may be guaranteed by federal law. We focus on Jones Act injury claims.

Our law firm is available to represent injured fishermen working out of Seattle and Ballard. Zachary Herschensohn is admitted to the Washington bar. He has successfully ligitated verdicts and settlements for injured Washington and Alaska seamen. Our free initial consultation won't cost you a dime. In fact, you won't pay anything until your case settles, so give us a call before you choose someone to represent you in a maritime injury claim. We can meet you at our Seattle offices or any other Washington locations. Contact a Jones Act attorney at Herschensohn Law, PLLC today to arrange your free initial consultation.