Unlike seamen, commercial fishermen may not know that they are covered under the Jones Act in the event of injury, illness or death. Fishing boat captains, deckhands, crewmembers and fish processors are eligible for benefits such as lost wages, future wages, past and future medical costs, and past and future pain and suffering. Because being on a fishing boat can be very dangerous, it is important that those involved in this work know their rights and options.
San Francisco Commercial Fishing Accident Attorneys
At Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C., our San Francisco commercial fishing accident lawyers represent commercial fishermen who are seeking Jones Act benefits. Call 877.454.9315 or contact us online.
One of the most common questions asked by clients is, "What benefits are available after a fishing boat injury?" Although each case is different, injured fishermen can expect to receive lost wages, pain and suffering and payments for disability. Fishermen may also be eligible for maintenance and cure to cover daily living costs while recovering and pay medical expenses. These can include bills from physicians, hospitals, therapists and durable medical equipment providers. Both maintenance and cure should continue until the injured person reaches maximum medical improvement.
Jones Act Issues
One of the most contentious issues in the Jones Act is the maintenance and cure portion. Fishermen and seamen often find that their employers prematurely determine that they have reached maximum medical improvement and try to stop maintenance and cure payments. This can be a very confusing situation. Having an experienced maritime attorney can help.
Commercial fishermen suffer the same types of injuries as other seamen. In addition, the added pressure to turn a profit makes fishing not just dangerous, but highly competitive. Vessel owners may skimp on crew size. They may delay needed boat maintenance, fail to provide adequate safety equipment and neglect to train crewmembers adequately. This approach to operating a commercial fishing boat is almost certainly negligent. Our attorneys can help you prove this and strengthen your case.
Contact a San Francisco Maritime Lawyer Today!
We urge commercial fishermen to speak with a knowledgeable maritime lawyer before accepting a settlement offer from an employer or employer's insurance carrier. It is difficult to anticipate how long the recovery period will be, and a settlement now can be damaging later when the money is gone. With more than 25 years of experience with these cases, our lawyers can help.
If you are a commercial fisherman who was injured or became ill while working, you are probably covered under the Jones Act. Contact our experienced San Francisco commercial fishing accident attorneys. Learn about your rights and options. Call 877.454.9315 or email us today.