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Bellevue Shipping and Boating Accident Lawyer

  1. Shipping and Boating Accident Compensation in Bellevue, WA
  2. Our Shipping and Boating Accident Lawyers Stand Up for the Injured
  3. Shipping and Boating Accident Causes
  4. Contact Herschensohn Law About Your Bellevue Shipping and Boating Accident

Proximity to the water and Seattle’s nearby ports make shipping a vital part of the economy in Bellevue, WA. However, barges and cargo ships can be dangerous workplaces, and employees are vulnerable to on-the-job injuries. 

If you or your loved one suffered an injury in a maritime accident, a Bellevue shipping and boating accident lawyer with Herschensohn Law can help you explore every available option for recovering your damages. We will then serve, guide, and protect you as we work to secure the awards you need to get back on your feet. 

To learn more about how we can advocate for you, call us at (206) 588-4344 for a free consultation today. 

Shipping and Boating Accident Compensation in Bellevue, WA

Maritime workers and seamen may have several options for recovering compensation in a shipping and boating accident. However, understanding the damages available and proving you qualify for awards can be challenging, especially while dealing with an injury. 

Our Bellevue attorneys can explore your options for financial recovery and pursue your benefits and personal injury damages. We may be able to help you seek the following:

Benefits Under the Jones Act

“Seamen” do not usually qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. However, they can seek injury-related benefits or sue their employers for damages under the Jones Act. To be eligible for a Jones Act claim, you must:

  • Spend at least 30 percent of your work time on a vessel
  • Work aboard an operational vessel on navigable waters
  • Contribute to the vessel’s work or operations

Most seamen who suffer job-related injuries will qualify for benefits via a “maintenance and cure” claim, which provides compensation for daily living expenses and medical treatment. To recover other damages, including awards for pain and suffering, you must pursue a negligence-based claim against your employer.

Our Bellevue shipping and boating accident lawyers can review your case and determine if you can seek compensation under the Jones Act. If necessary, we can prove your employer or another at-fault party is liable for your injuries. You have three years from the time of your accident to pursue a Jones Act claim. 

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Coverage

The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) compensates injured maritime workers that the Jones Act doesn’t cover. Those protected under the LHWCA include employees whose jobs relate to water or marine transport, including but not limited to the following occupations:

  • Longshoremen, harbor, and dock workers 
  • Shipbuilders and repairers
  • Shipbreakers
  • Mechanics, delivery drivers, and other employees engaged in maritime work “near or adjacent” to navigable waters

You do not need to prove your employer or anyone else behaved negligently to secure LHWCA benefits. You need only establish that your injuries occurred on the job. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, LHWCA coverage includes:

  • Medical treatment
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Disability benefits (two-thirds of your average weekly wages (subject to maximum and minimum amounts) for a period dictated by the severity of your injury and ability to work)
  • Survivor benefits if your loved one suffered a fatal injury

You have one year from your maritime accident to pursue a claim under the LHWCA. Our team can help you recover benefits the LHWCA doesn’t offer.

Injury Damages

If your employer or another party’s careless, reckless, or wrongful actions caused your injuries, we could seek compensation with a negligence-based Jones Act claim or personal injury lawsuit. These actions allow victims to pursue awards for all their injury-related damages, including non-economic losses. 

Recoverable compensation may include the following:

  • Medical expenses. Our attorneys can seek compensation for emergency transportation, emergency department services, surgeries, medications, hospital and doctor’s fees, physical therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, medical devices and mobility aids, long-term nursing, life care, and other reasonable and necessary medical treatment. 
  • Lost income. We can seek the total value of your lost income, not just a portion. We can also recover compensation for lost employment benefits. If you suffered a permanent or disabling injury that interferes with your ability to work, we can pursue awards for your lost earning capacity. 
  • Household services. You may need help with cooking, cleaning, transportation, and other household tasks while you recover. We can help you seek these costs and other miscellaneous losses, including medical travel expenses and medically necessary home and vehicle modifications. 
  • Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages, also called pain and suffering damages, compensate for intangible physical, mental, and emotional losses. Our lawyers can pursue monetary awards for severe and chronic pain, mobility loss, scarring, disfigurement, depression, anxiety, mental anguish, and impaired quality of life. 
  • Wrongful death damages. If your loved one died from a shipping and boating accident injury, our wrongful death lawyers can assist the deceased’s personal representative with pursuing compensation on behalf of eligible survivors. Awards may include medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, the deceased’s conscious pain and suffering, and the loss of your loved one’s income, support, services, care, companionship, and guidance. 

According to RCW § 4.16.080, the statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death in Washington State is three years. Under the Jones Act/Federal Employer’s Liability Act, (“FELA”) the statute of limitations is also three years. 45 U.S. Code § 51.

 The clock starts at the time of your accident or loved one’s death. The court will likely dismiss your case if you do not file your lawsuit within the deadline. Our attorneys can help you get started before it is too late. 

Our Shipping and Boating Accident Lawyers Stand Up for the Injured

Recovering financial awards after a shipping and boating accident can be daunting. When you work with Herschensohn Law, you won’t handle your case alone. Our dedicated personal injury and maritime accident lawyers will stand up for you and use their legal knowledge and case experience to prove your right to compensation. 

When you become our client, our team will:

  • Explore your options for financial recovery. Determining if your case falls under the Jones Act or if you qualify for LHWCA can be confusing. We can review your case and ensure you exhaust all possible avenues for securing awards.
  • Investigate your maritime accident. Our Bellevue shipping and boating accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case. We will prove you suffered an on-the-job injury and establish your right to compensation. 
  • Identify liable parties and hold them accountable. If we must prove negligence caused your injury, we will build a solid case demonstrating that another party is liable. Those at fault may include your employer, a subcontractor, a shipping company, a manufacturer, or anyone else whose careless or wrongful actions led to your accident. 
  • Pursue the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys will seek fair compensation for your current and future damages. We will handle all case-related communications and negotiations. We will also stand up for your rights, oppose lowball settlement offers or bad-faith tactics, and work to recover full and fair financial awards for you and your family. If necessary, we are ready to represent you at trial. 
  • Ease your stress and legal burden. We take the time to truly listen to our clients, answer their questions, and address their concerns. We want you to feel assured knowing our team is your advocate and ally. We will do everything in our power to take the burden of your case off your shoulders, leaving you free to focus on healing. 

We Take Cases on Contingency

We do not want to place financial obstacles in the way of seeking justice. Therefore, we serve injured clients on contingency, meaning we can take your case for no upfront or out-of-pocket cost. Instead, our fees come from a part of your settlement or verdict. If we do not win compensation, you owe us nothing. 

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Shipping and Boating Accident Causes

Cargo barges and cargo ships can be dangerous work environments. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), some of the most common maritime work hazards include the following:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Falls from height
  • Accidents involving machinery and equipment (including motor vehicle accidents)
  • Exposure to toxic materials
  • Confined or enclosed spaces
  • Fires 

Whatever caused your injuries, our Bellevue shipping and boating accident lawyers want to help you get the monetary resources you need to get your life back on track. We have experience with cases involving severe and catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Drowning
  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Back and spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
  • Broken or amputated limbs
  • Loss of hearing, speech, or vision
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage

Contact Herschensohn Law About Your Bellevue Shipping and Boating Accident

Herschensohn Law can help you get started on your shipping and boating accident claim today with a free case review. Contact us for a risk-free, no-cost consultation, or call (206) 588-4344 to learn how we can help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Connect with a Bellevue, WA, lawyer near you.

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- P.R., Katy, WA

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