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Maritime Accident Lawyer in Kent

  1. Your case deserves serious support from experienced attorneys
  2. When seamen get hurt, they deserve a lawyer who will fight for them
  3. What laws apply to my maritime accident claim? 
  4. Hurt at sea? A maritime accident lawyer can help 
  5. Herschensohn Law is ready to fight for you

Your case deserves serious support from experienced attorneys

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Washington state depends on the brave people who go to work on the water every day. Whether seamen are on the water fishing salmon or repairing an oil rig, they deserve the highest level of legal representation after getting injured in an accident at sea. 

At Herschensohn Law, we understand what you’re going through. No matter how you were injured, we’re ready to listen to you, understand your needs, and help you figure out the best course of action to take to get you the compensation you’re entitled to.

No two injury victims ever have the same exact circumstances, and that’s why attorney Zach Herschensohn’s versatility and experience often proves to be valuable. 

Discover what a versatile and experienced Kent personal injury lawyer can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.

When seamen get hurt, they deserve a lawyer who will fight for them

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Washington state runs the largest ferry system in the U.S. and is home to a lot of maritime workers. When these workers sustain offshore injuries, they may need the help of an experienced lawyer who can help them navigate their Jones Act claim 

No matter how careful we expect our crew and employers to be, accidents can happen on any kind of ship, boat or vessel. This includes: 

  • Fishing vessels 
  • Fish processors 
  • Tugboats 
  • Ships 
  • Ferry boats 
  • Crab boats 
  • Dredges 
  • Other vessels 

Because maritime accidents are so varied, they can include all kinds of life-changing, serious injuries, such as: 

  • Slip and falls 
  • Getting hit by falling objects 
  • Burns 
  • Broken bones 
  • Cuts 
  • Hypothermia 
  • Diving accidents 
  • Wrongful death 

Unfortunately, these accidents are often due to someone else’s mistakes, oversight, or reckless choices. In many cases, these injuries can be traced back to broken or defective equipment, failure to repair or maintain equipment, lack of safety equipment, lack of safety training, or by simply overworking tired seamen. 

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What laws apply to my maritime accident claim?

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For many, getting hurt at sea is a devastating experience. Suddenly your livelihood is taken away from you and replaced by unbearable memories and physical pain. Medical bills are piling up and you’re unable to work. You don’t have the time or energy to investigate your own injury claim, sort through the nuances of maritime law, and go head-to-head with insurance companies and employers who only want to delay and deny your claim.  

This is where Herschensohn Law enters the picture. Attorney Zach Herschensohn and his team have the knowledge and experience to handle complex cases involving maritime injuries, including those that involve some of the most complicated applicable laws. 

The Jones Act  

This federal law, also known as section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, defines the rights of seamen and gives them the power to hold a ship owner, captain, or crew members legally responsible for damages suffered by the seaman due to negligence. Negligence can include hiring inexperienced or unqualified crewmen, failure to avoid dangerous weather, unseaworthy vessels, failure to maintain safe equipment and more. The Jones Act covers seamen who were injured in work accidents, while living on the vessel, and while leaving or arriving on the boat. 

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act 

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law that compensates people injured at work in navigable waters for medical care and rehabilitation services. The LHWCA also covers injuries that happen while a longshoreman or other worker is loading, unloading, or repairing a ship or vessel, as well as survivor benefits. Benefits are typically paid by a self-insured employer or private insurance.  

Death on the High Seas Act 

Also known as DOHSA, the Death on the High Seas Act compensates families of shipmen who lost their lives working at sea. Surviving family members can claim mental anguish and pain and suffering, in addition to lost wages, but they must be able to prove that the shipping company’s negligence or unlawful actions caused their loved one’s death. 

Maintenance and Cure 

Maritime workers who get injured or become sick while on the job are entitled to maintenance and cure benefits. These are also known as “Seaman’s Benefits.” Regardless of who’s responsible for the injury or illness, the seaman is entitled to receive maintenance and cure benefits from their employer while they recover. Maintenance refers to the room and board of the injured seaman and can cover expenses such as the maritime worker’s rent and food. Cure refers to the seaman’s medical expenses, including the cost of traveling to and from doctor appointments. Injured maritime workers can receive maintenance and cure benefits until they are cleared and discharged by a doctor. 

Marine Construction 

The Seattle metro area is a hub of marine construction as ports, marinas and bridges that are continuously being built, maintained and expanded. Working near the water poses a serious risk to contractors, as tides, currents, waves and swells can cause an accident that results in severe injury or death. Marine construction workers are constantly around dangerous apparatus and are also at risk of getting hurt in a transportation accident or a slip and fall incident.

Hurt at sea? A maritime accident lawyer can help

If you’ve suffered a maritime injury or illness, it’s important to understand your rights. Depending on what happened to you, you could have multiple options for recovery, but no one is going to outline those options for you. To receive all the compensation you’re eligible for, you need to work with an experienced, aggressive maritime accident attorney who can fight for you.  

Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn has successfully represented injured seamen and routinely gets maritime workers the compensation they deserve.  

If you’re the family member of a maritime worker who was fatally injured, Herschensohn Law can also help you with a wrongful death claim. 

“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”

- P.R., Katy, WA

Herschensohn Law is ready to fight for you

After you’ve been injured in a boating accident or you’ve lost a loved one at sea, it’s important to understand your legal rights. Depending on how you were injured, trying to navigate Washington’s unique laws or dealing with the insurance company often proves to be a tall task. You’re injured, you’re in pain, and you need help.  Let our law firm guide you. Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a powerful advocate who will listen to you, answer your questions, explain your legal options, and give you honest advice on whether he thinks your injury case is worth pursuing.   Importantly, we help clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay anything for our legal services unless we win an insurance claim or jury verdict on your behalf. It’s that simple.   Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with our law firm. These meetings are always free, and we are happy to meet in our office, via video call, or phone to provide legal advice—whatever is most convenient for you.  Contact our law office today for your free consultation by calling (206) 588-4344  or by filling out our simple contact form. 

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