Injured On The Job As A Commercial Fisherman?
Given the unpredictable nature of the ocean — and its often treacherous weather conditions — it’s no surprise that commercial fishing is one of the deadliest industries. In fact, those who earn a living in this field are nearly 20 times more likely to get killed on the job than firefighters. Serious injuries or death can result not only from sinking or getting swept overboard, but also from falls, machinery accidents, fires and countless other hazards.
Some of these risks come with the territory of the job. Yet others are entirely preventable. An investigation into a fishing accident may shed light on inexcusable oversights that played a role in the injury or death, such as:
- Poorly maintained vessels
- Improper repairs
- Lack of sufficient safety equipment such as lifeboats, life vests, fire extinguishers, radios and bilge systems
- Navigation errors
- Insufficient safety training
- Malfunctioning equipment
If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in a commercial fishing accident, you should never assume it was simply a chance accident. You deserve to know exactly what went wrong — and whether it could have been prevented. These answers will determine the type and extent of compensation you may be able to recover.
Get The Legal Representation You Deserve
Contact the law firm of award-winning maritime attorney Larry Curtis to discuss your rights after a commercial fishing accident. You may have any number of legal claims, including:
- A Jones Act claim for negligence against your employer
- An unseaworthiness claim against the vessel’s owner
- A claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act if you don’t work aboard a vessel but rather on a dock, wharf, harbor or shipyard
- A claim for maintenance and cure (which covers medical expenses, transportation, housing and food while you’re sick or injured)
- A claim under the Death on the High Seas Act if you lost a loved one
Because we maintain a niche focus on maritime law — and have done so for nearly four decades — we know how to fight for the benefits and compensation you deserve. You can count on our lawyers to go the extra mile in protecting your interests.
Find Out What We Can Do For You
Based in Lafayette, Louisiana, we represent commercial fishermen and their families throughout the Gulf Coast. Call 337-366-8317 (or toll free 337-235-1825) to schedule your free and confidential consultation.