With over 75 years of experience in serious maritime injury and death cases, Lanning Trueb and his partners at Johnson Beard & Trueb PC, have successfully represented injured fisherman and their families in claims against vessel owners, maritime employers, and maritime insurance companies throughout the Pacific. Utilizing Federal Maritime Law and the Jones Act, our Alaska maritime injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for Alaska commercial fisherman and fish processors. Our lawyers are dedicated to seeking fair and complete compensation for their clients. We understand Federal Maritime Law, we know how injury accidents at sea can be prevented, and we know how your injuries will impact you the rest of your life.
Trueb is one of the most respected maritime injury lawyers in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. He is known for his dedication to his clients and his ability to hold employers and vessel owners accountable for the injuries and death of their crewmen. Trueb combines his past legal experience as a vessel owner and Alaska fisherman with almost 30 years of handling maritime injury and death claims. When Trueb tells you that you have a good case, its based upon years of successfully representing injured maritime workers in hundreds of claims.
Don’t let the host of shore-based injury lawyers who advertise themselves as maritime lawyers fool you. The complex body of maritime law governing seaman personal injury and death claims requires a lawyer with a wealth of actual experience handling maritime injury and death matters. Ask the lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb PC about our experience litigating major Alaska fishing vessel and crab boat sinking cases, including the Aleutian Enterprise, Alaska Ranger, Arctic Rose, Galaxy, Pacific Apollo, Advantage, Lin J, Pace Setter, Vestfjord, Katmai, Oceanic, and Amber Dawn. Our lawyers haven’t just handled a few maritime injury cases, we have handled over a thousand maritime injury claims. Let our Alaska maritime injury attorneys put our years of maritime legal experience to work for you protecting your rights and getting you the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Under Federal Maritime law and the Jones Act, an employer and vessel owner owes every crewman aboard their vessel a duty to provide them with a safe place to work. This duty includes the duty to provide a seaworthy vessel, a properly trained crew, to implement and enforce safe working procedures, to safely navigate the vessel, and provide proper equipment and assign adequate man-power to do the job. Any evidence of negligence no matter how slight that causes a crewman’s injury may be the basis of a claim for compensation. Your employer is responsible for the negligent act of a fellow crewman. If a piece of vessel equipment breaks under normal and expected use the vessel is presumed unseaworthy. Never accept blame for an accident that was the legal responsibility of your employer and the vessel owner to prevent.
If you have been injured as the result of negligence or unseaworthiness you may claim compensation for damages for lost wages, future lost wage earning capacity, pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional and psychological stress, and medical expenses. Aggravation of a preexisting medical condition is not a defense to a maritime injury claim under the Jones Act or seaworthiness doctrine.
When a crewman is injured or becomes sick while working at sea the Jones Act employer and vessel owner owe the crewman a duty to provide him proper emergency medical attention and to promptly evacuate a seriously injured crewman from the vessel. Once ashore the injured seaman is entitled to claim “maintenance and cure benefits” under the General Maritime Law with the assistance of a maritime injury attorney in Alaska or beyond. Maintenance and cure is a no fault remedy, and with few exceptions, the vessel owner must pay all your reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to your shipboard injury or illness. You may choose your own doctors. Cure benefits include all medical expenses such as physician and hospital bills; medications; diagnostic tests; and therapy and rehabilitation expenses. Maintenance is the payment of a daily living allowance while you are recovering from your injuries. The rate of maintenance varies from case to case. The maintenance rate includes daily payment for housing and a food allowance. Maintenance and cure benefits are your legal right to claim under Federal Maritime Law.
The lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb PC have extensive experience administering and litigating maintenance and cure claims. The failure to timely and properly pay maintenance and cure benefits may create a claim for punitive damages against the vessel owner.
Our lawyers work hard to get you the best medical treatment possible. Our Alaska maritime injury lawyers understand how a permanent injury can impact your ability to return to work on a vessel. If you have permanent damage that impacts your ability to work in the future we help you seek damages for your past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical needs.
Know your rights; call us for a free consultation to discuss your potential claim. 888.277.0161.