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Maritime Injury Claims Against O’Hara Corporation

O’Hara Corporation owns a fleet of commercial vessels that fish and process fish in the Bering Sea. The maritime injury lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb represent seriously injured fish processors in claims under the Jones Act and maintenance and cure claims. Even the best fishing companies sometimes have serious injury accidents aboard their vessels. A moment’s negligence can result in an injury that ends a crewman’s fishing season and sometimes fishing career. Benefits for injured fish processors and commercial fisherman are governed by Federal Maritime law. A vessel owner like O’Hara Corporation, is required under maritime law to provide its crewmen with a safe place to work and a seaworthy vessel.

Vessels owned by O’Hara Corporation include the newly built ARAHO, which can carry over 50 crewmen. O’Hara also owns the Alaska fishing boats DEFENDER, ENTERPRISE, and CONSTELLATION. O’Hara also recently purchased the ALASKA SPIRIT from Fishing Company of Alaska (FCA). O’Hara’s fleet is based in Seattle, Washington, and its fleet of five vessels is one of the largest fleet of vessels working in the Bering Sea.

In almost all cases an injured crewman is entitled to the maritime benefits of maintenance and cure. Fault of a crewman does not reduce your benefits available for maintenance and cure. You have the right to choose your own doctor to treat your injuries. Your maintenance payments continue until you have reached a point of maximum medical improvement.

Under the Jones Act a crewman is entitled to receive fair compensation caused by his employer’s negligence. Under maritime law any negligent act or omission in the slightest that causes your injury may be the basis for a Jones Act claim. Pre-existing conditions aggravated by a shipboard injury are not barred by the Jones Act. Under the Jones Act the employer assumes the responsibility for the negligence of a crewman that causes injury to another crewman. Under the Jones Act when a crewman is injured as a result of negligence, the injured crewman may claim damages under the Jones Act for pain and suffering, disability, lost past and future wages, and future medical bills.

Don’t admit fault for an injury that was caused by the negligence or unseaworthiness of the vessel. Before making any statements, you should consult with an experienced maritime lawyer to learn about the responsibilities of your maritime employer to protect you from injury. Some of the duties an employer has includes the duty to: properly train and supervise you and your fellow crewmen; institute and enforce safety rules; provide proper equipment and tools to do the job; avoid dangerous and unsafe practices and procedures. Few accidents at sea cannot be prevented if proper safety procedures are followed. If your employer claims the accident is your fault – its time to consult an experienced Jones Act lawyer. Call Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC to discuss your rights to compensation under Federal Maritime Law. For a free initial consultation today call 907-277-0161 or toll free at 1-888-277-0661.