Jones Act Maritime Injury Claims Against Iquique U.S.
Iquique U.S. is one of Alaska’s largest commercial fishing companies. Iquique U.S. owns four large factory trawlers: F/T Arica; F/T Unimak, F/T Cape Horn, and F/T Rebecca Irene. The four vessels operate in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska catching and processing ground fish and cod. The vessels head and gut the fish and freeze the fish at sea.
Working aboard factory trawlers can be dangerous work if proper safety procedures are not followed. When an injury occurs the injured fisherman is entitled to make claims under Federal Maritime law. Where the crewman is injured through negligence or unseaworthiness, compensation may include payment of damages for medical expenses, lost past and future wages, lost wage earning capacity, pain and suffering damages and other general and special damages.
In almost all instances where a crewman is hurt or injured working aboard an Alaskan fishing boat, the crewman has the right to claim benefits under the “maintenance and cure “ doctrine. Comparative fault does not bar maintenance and cure claims. An injured crewman has the right to seek compensation for aggravation of preexisting medical conditions. The negligence of a fellow crewman is grounds to make claim for compensation under the Jones Act.
Every vessel owner owes each crewman aboard their vessel a safe place to work. Crewman must be properly trained and supervised. Equipment must be maintained in a condition which allows its safe use.
The lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb are recognized as one the nations leading maritime injury law firms. Our lawyers have been trusted for over 30 years to protect the rights of Alaska fish processors, deckhands, and crewman. The lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for crewman injured working for Alaska fishing companies. The lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb only represent injured crewmen and do not represent marine insurance companies.
Contact Johnson Beard & Trueb to discuss your potential maritime injury claim. Call us today toll free at 1-888-277-0661 or 907-277-0161.