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Sieracki Seaman

“I always use plain easy to understand English, with no sugarcoating, no lawyer talk, no double talk. Just old fashioned, unsweetened truth.” Maritime Lawyer - Bill Turley

Sieracki Seaman Attorney Maritime Lawyer

The Truth Matters

If you are an injured seaman, you have rights to be protected under the Longshore Jones Act. The first thing after you are injured is that you should always tell the truth. Nothing is more important than your credibility with the judge and your lawyer. No matter what type of injury or how you were injured, you should never sugarcoat or exaggerate anything.

Do Your Research

The best thing you can do before you go to court, is research as much information as you can about your Jones Act Case. I have handled these types of cases since the 1980's. I have gained valuable and helpful knowledge these cases. Order my Free book, Win Your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [ Even before you hire a lawyer]. It is full of useful and helpful information on how to handle your Jones Act Case from beginning to end.

Are you a Sieracki Seaman?

What is a "Sieracki Seaman."? In a nutshell, if you work aboard a vessel and don't qualify for Jones Act Seaman Status and don't fall under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act; then you may qualify as a Sieracki Seaman if you performed traditional seaman's activities.

It seems only true maritime lawyers know about this type of Seaman. You may still sue you employer under unseaworthiness and general maritime law negligence. Traditionally "Sieracki Seaman" were Longshoreman injured aboard vessels. However, the 1972 Amendments to the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) excluded Longshoreman from being found "Sieracki Seaman." When I first started practicing maritime law in 1986, most maritime lawyers believed "Sieracki Seaman" to be dead.

Not so fast. The rumors of the "Sieracki Seaman" demise were a tad premature. California, Alaska and few other State Courts expressly approve of "Sieracki Seaman" claims. We have successfully brought "Sieracki Seaman" cases. There is a whole class of Seamen that are regularly advised by non-maritime lawyers that since they didn't work on a vessel for over 30% of their work time that they do not qualify for Seaman's right to sue their employer. Which, of course, may not be the case.

You may qualify as a Sieracki Seaman even if you don't work on a vessel 30% of your time. That is, if you don't quailify for benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, then you may be a Sieracki Seaman.

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At The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC we understand Jones Act cases. To learn more about how we can protect your rights; contact us:


Research Your Jones Act Case

This website provides information for persons involved in Jones Act accidents and mishaps. We provide vital information so you can make informed decisions regarding your Seaman accident.

We have the most comprehensive Jones Act  and Maritime Law website in California.

We Can Help - Today

The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC and our staff are ready to help you immediately.  You deserve help from a lawyer who understands your situation and how to help you in this difficult time. We fight hard to get you the best medical care.  We  fight hard to get you all the compensation which you are entitled under the law.  Our goal is help you get your life back together.

Client-Oriented, Results-Driven

Our law firm is respected for the thoroughness of our work and for the results we achieve for Jones Act Seaman. Please contact us to learn whether we may be able to assist you with your Jones Act case.

California’s Leading Maritime Lawyers

San Diego Office

7428 Trade St.
San Diego, California 92121

Oakland Office

1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612

San Francisco Office

275 Battery St. Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111

Los Angeles Office

3255 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1801
Los Angeles, California  90010

Bill Turley's Awards

Awarded Super Lawyer 2011 - 2017
Highest Avvo.com Rating -- San Diego  San Francisco
New York Times Top Attorney
Chosen Top 10 Lawyer San Diego
Elected President of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
Invited Speaker – Maritime Law Seminar
Chosen Trial Master by Consumer Attorneys
Awarded Best Lawyers in San Diego – 2012

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

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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