The maritime injury and wrongful death lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb PC are a team of experienced Alaska lawyers dedicated to protecting the legal rights of families who have lost a family member in work related maritime accidents aboard ships and fishing vessels. Our lawyers have a combined 75 years of experience litigating death claims under the Jones Act, the Death on The High Seas Act and Federal Maritime law. The lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb PC have compassion and understanding for the losses surviving family members suffer. Telephone us for a free consultation 907 -277-0161 to learn about your legal rights to claim compensation for wrongful death under maritime law.
Working aboard ships, tugs, barges and fishing vessels is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Maritime workers are constantly at risk for injury or death. Under Federal Maritime Law every maritime employer owes the crew of their vessel a safe place to work. All vessel must be properly designed, equipped and maintained in a seaworthy condition. Far too often the profits of a vessel are put ahead of crew safety. Working in heavy weather increases the potential for injury and death of a crewman. Inadequate training and lack of safety procedures constitute negligence.
Our lawyers work with the complex maritime laws that that govern maritime death claims. In almost all cases the death of a crewman working at sea could have been avoided if proper equipment and safety precautions had been provided. Under the Jones Act the employer of a seaman may be held liable for the wrongful death of a crewman if the employer negligence played any part no matter how small in causing the crewman’s injury and death. The lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb PC are experienced in investigating the causes of the death of crewmen. We work to hold those persons whose negligence caused the death responsible.
Calculating damages in maritime death cases is complex and each case is factually different. Generally speaking he spouse, children and dependent relatives of a deceased crewman are entitled to make claims for damages. Damages claims may include claims for loss of financial support, loss of care nurture and guidance, loss of inheritance, and predeath pain and suffering. Children of a deceased crewman may make claims whether or not their parents were married.
When a death occurs aboard an Alaska fishing vessels the vessel’s insurance company immediately begins an investigation to gather evidence that may limit your claim for damages. The vessel’s insurance company attempts to develop facts to avoid responsibility for paying surviving family members claims. The insurance companies frequently argue that the death was the result of the seaman’s own negligence and they should not have to pay full compensation. Having an experienced maritime lawyer on your s of side is important to the success of your claim. When the lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb PC are hired to represent and protect the interest of the deceased crewman’s family they immediately begin to gather and preserve evidence important to the success of your case. Our goal is to get you the fair and full compensation you are entitled to under the law. Our past success is evidence of the experienced we will bring to helping your family recover what is legally due.
Legal experience matters when it comes to maritime death claims. Ask the maritime lawyers at Johnson Beard & Trueb PC about their experience litigating wrongful death claims under the Jones Act and the Death On the High Seas Act. Our lawyers have represented the families of crewman lost in many fishing vessel sinking cases, including the sinking of the Lin J, Amber Dawn, Pace setter, Oceanic , Aleutian Enterprise, Artic Rose, Katmai, Alaska Ranger.
Call us toll free at 888.277.0661 to learn about your legal rights to make a wrongful death claim under the Federal Maritime Law.