"Did you know that you can oftentimes file your Alaska Jones Act case in California State court? By filing your Alaska Jones act case in California, you take away the fishing company's big hometown advantage. The last thing they want to do is face a California jury. They know California juries are fair. They know California juries will usually award much fairer damage awards than in Alaska. It is a fact of life." - Jones Act Super Lawyer - Bill Turley
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When handling your Jones Act Case, you must always tell the truth. Nothing is more important then your credibility. If a judge assumes you are being unhonest, your case will be thrown out and you will be left with nothing. I have seen it happen to many people.
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Alaska Fish Processor Injuries
Workers that are employed aboard Alaska Fish processing vessels are crewman entitled to compensation under Federal Maritime Law. The Jones Act and General Maritime Law applies to injury claims of crewmen working aboard fish processing vessels.
If you have been injured because of negligence or unseaworthiness, you have rights to compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost wage earning capacity, medical expenses, and costs of retraining. You are entitled to maintenance and cure.
Maintenance refers to daily living allowance - maintenance, until you have reached maximum medical improvement.
Cure means your employer must pay all reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to your shipboard injury or illness. You have the right to be treated by the doctor of your choice.
The lawyers at The Turley Law Firm understand your jobs, your injuries, and how those injuries will impact you the rest of your life. They understand the toll that injuries can take not only on the injured seaman, but their entire family.
The understand how accidents occur aboard fish processing vessels. There are few accidents aboard these vessels which could not be prevented. Your employer and the vessel owner have a duty to provide you a safe place to work and a seaworthy vessel.
Alaska Fish Processors From California
Many of the big Alaska Fish Processing Companies regularly recruit workers from California to work on Alaska Fish Processing Vessels. When they get seriously hurt, they get shipped home. When the injury is serious, what should they do?
We recommend they call us. Many times we can bring claims for Alaska fish processors in California State Court. Flying back and forth to Alsaka can really add up the costs of a lawsuit. When you bring your case in California State Court, you in effect, level the playing field between you and the insurance company.
The last thing the insurance company wants you to do is file your claim in California State Court. By doing so, you are taking away the fish processing companies big advantage - - making you file a claim in Alaska. Thus, if you are from California and you were injured on an Alaska fish processor vessel - - you should call us. If you call an Alaska attorney they are most likely going to file your claim in Alaska. If you hire a Washington lawyer, they most likely are going to try and file your claim in Washington.
If you call us, we are going to try to keep your case here in California. In your homecourt - not the insurance companies home court. Call us first.
What Law Firm Should You Hire For Your Alaska Fish Processing Injury Case?
You see their websites. "Hire Us For Your Alaska Jones Act Case. - We Are Alaska Lawyers."
What they may not tell you is that in many instances, California law allows California residents that are injured on Alaska fish processing vessels to file their injury case from Alaska in California State Court. What they may not tell you is that you can and should file in California State Court.
You Might Want To Ask the Alaska Lawyers If They Are Eligible To File Your Alaska Jones Act Lawsuit In California
You should ask the Alaska lawyers you are considering hiring if they can file your case in California State Court. We did. You know what they said? Under California law they can only file 2 cases in California every 5 years! That's right. They really can't file your case in California based upon California law not allowing they to do so on a regular basis. In other words, they may not be able to file your case where it should be filed! *
* Generally we agree that the Alaska lawyers can associate in California lawyers if your case were to be filed in California. Problem is first getting the Alaska lawyer to even consider filing your case in California and then they will have to call a firm like ours (meaning a California law firm) to help with your case. You can skip all of that by calling us first.
Generally - You Can Get A Much Bigger Vedict In California State Court
That is why you should call us first. Your first choice should almost always be filing your Alaska Fish Processing Injury Claim in California State Court. Alaska is a very conservative jurisdiction. By far, much bigger verdicts come out of California than Alaska. Even the Alaska lawyers will admit that. This is because juries and judges are fair in California.
You Can Ask Us A Legal Question For Free
Many attorneys charge hundreds of dollars for an hour of their time. We don't. We know you can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars to have an attorney answer your questions. This is especially true if you are injured and can't work. Or if you lost a family member in a work accident aboard a vessel.
So this is what we offer here: If you have a legal question about the Jones Act, Seaman Injuries or maritime law, and you want our advice - - we will answer the question for free. With no obligation.
Just fill out the contact form and tell us about the problem and we will provide a no cost response.*
* First, although no attorney client relationship is being created by us answering your question; we still consider our communications to be confidential. Meaning, we will not reveal them to any other person or entity. We will not provide your name and/or information to any other person and/or entity. We treat your privacy very seriously.
Second, this Free Legal Advice option does not apply to persons whom already have a lawyer. If you have the right lawyer, then they should be able to answer these questions.
Another Thought on Venue Selection Clauses
We are not Alaska Lawyers. Although we have tried cases with Alaska lawyers, we are not licensed to practice law in Alaska or Washington. Sometimes the fish processor companies have venue selection clauses. Some companies may try and make you file your claim in Alaska or Washington. Sometimes you can still bring your case in California State Court. If it is determined that you must file your case in Alaska or Washington - we will bring in lawyers from those states to help with your case.
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This website provides information for Seaman that are concerned about the Jones Act and Maritime Injury Laws. Our goal is to level the playing field between injured crew members and fishing companies. We provide vital information so you can make informed decisions regarding your Injured Seaman Case.
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