"By filing your Jones Act case against Trident or other Alaska fishing employers in California State Court - - you take away their home town advantage. You make them come to you - and that is the last thing they want to deal with. Usually, filing your Jones Act case in California State court gives you a HUGE advantage." Bill Turley - Jones Act Super Lawyer.
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Injured Working in Alaska? We are Maritime Attorneys In California. We may be able to file your Alaska Maritime Injury in California State Court. Call us. (619) 234-2833
Trident Seafoods and Jones Act Seaman
Each year, thousands of workers from the lower 48 States goto Alaska to work in Alaska's fishing industry. Many of these people work for Trident Seafoods. Trident Seafoods is one of the largest employers in Alaska's fishing industry. Workers aboard Trident's vast fleet are usually Jones Act Seamen.
Dangerous and Deadly
Each season, crew members working on Alaska Seafoods vessels are injured and killed through negligence or unseaworthiness. These workers are Seaman and are eligible for Seaman's benefits and/or Jones Act benefits. If you have been injured while working on a Trident vessel, or on a another vessel in Alaska, you are entitled to Seaman's benefits. This may include, pain and suffering, lost past wages, lost future wages and medical treatment.
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 Alaska 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.
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.
We are California Lawyers
We are licensed to practice law in California. We are not licensed to practice law in Alaska. We can bring your Alaska Maritime Case in California in many instances. However, if you have to file your case in Alaska or Washington we will bring in Alaska or Washington lawyers to help.
If you are a seriously injured crew member aboard a Trident vessel then you need to contact a Jones Act Attorney in order to protect your legal rights.
Do not give a recorded statement - If the company tells you they need a recorded statement - Call us!
Trident Fishing and Processing Fleet
The following is a list of the vessels in the Trident Seafoods Fleet.
Trident Factory Crawler Vessels
The Trident trawl catcher processor fleet has 3 vessels ranging in size from 270 to 300 ft. These Trident Seafoods vessels operate in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Washington and Oregon with the majority of the harvesting operations taking place in the Bering Sea.
The Aleutian Falcon and Pribilof are processing vessels in the 210' to 230' range. The primary products for these vessels is herring and salmon, both in Bristol Bay and SE Alaska. Most of their season is April through August.
Trawl Catcher Vessels
The Trident trawl catcher vessel fleet is comprised of 11 vessels ranging in size from 100 to 165 ft. These vessels operate in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska with the majority of the harvesting operations taking place in the Bering Sea. They fish in the late winter and in the summer months.
Crab Catcher Vessels
The Trident crab catcher vessel fleet has 5 vessels ranging in size from 108 to 144 ft. These vessels spend the majority of their fishing time in the Bering Sea. They fish from late fall through the winter months.
Cape St. John
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Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley