My Best Advice
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 dishonest, your case will be thrown out and you will be left with nothing. I have seen it happen to many people.
My Second Best Advice
Take the proper steps now, and do your research. 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].
This book is loaded with TONS of information on winning your Jones Act Case.
Trident Seafoods is the largest fishing company in Alaska. Trident Seafoods has over 4,000 workers aboard Trident vessels each year. Trident's fishing fleet includes factory trawlers, crab boats, tenders, and fish processors. If you or a family member were seriously injured on a Trident vessel or injured on an Alaska fishing vessel, then you should read this article. It may mean the difference in your case.
Alaska Fishing - - Injuries and Deaths
Each season, crew members working on Alaska fishing vessels are seriously injured and killed. Many of these deaths and/or injuries are caused by negligence or unseaworthiness. These workers are Seaman and are eligible for Seaman's benefits and/or Jones Act benefits.
If your Alaska fishing accident was caused by negligence or unseaworthiness, you are probably entitled to damages for lost wages, lost earning capacity, past and future pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, and medical treatment. A crew member is entitled to receive maintenance, cure, and unearned wages.
You can also choose your own doctor for treatment, and should receive a daily maintenance allowance until you have reached maximum medical improvement.
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We have been Representing Alaska Seaman For Years
The Turley Law Firm has been representing seaman working on Alaska fishing vessels for years. Many workers come from all over the world to work at Trident Seafoods and other Alaska employers. Many of the workers are from California and other States. We are experienced Jones Act Lawyers. We have been taking on and beating large insurance companies, shipping companies and fishing companies for years.
Don't get hometowned by filing your Jones Act case in Alaska.
RESEARCH YOUR JONES ACT CASE
This website provides information to injured Jones Act Seaman and their families. Our goal is to level the playing field between seriously injured workers and Jones Act insurance companies. We expose the tricks, traps, and stunts they use to cheat injured people out of their legal rights. We provide vital information so you can make informed decisions regarding your Jones Act Injury Case.
Our Fishing Injury Attorneys have packed this website with hundreds of pages of free information, which we constantly update. Use our website to research your Jones Act Case, Seaman Injury Case, or Maritime Injury Case. You will see that we have an assortment of informative and relevant articles.
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.
Alaska Seafood Employees 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 Alsaka 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.
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. That is why the big Alaska Fish Processing companies want to keep you out of court in California.
California is Fair
The reason why verdicts are bigger in California is because you can get a fair jury and a fair trial in California. California has good Judges and good juries.
Do yourself a favor - call us first.
We are California Lawyers
We are California lawyers. We are not Alaska lawyers. Under the Jones Act, you can oftentimes file your Alaska Jones Act case in California State Court. If your case must be filed in Alaska or Seattle, we can and do work with lawyers from Alaska and Washington. However, you need to know you have options. And sometimes, your best option is taking your case out of Alaska, where you can get "hometowned."
Forum Selection Clauses
At times, lawsuits and claims must be filed where the incident occurred or, for example, pursuant to a forum selection clause, in cities far removed from where the claimant resides. Thus, we accept cases with clients that live all over America and the world. The Turley Law Firm has a world-wide practice.
Somtimes seaman may get injured in another State and there is a forum selction clause which states the lawsuit must be filed in California. In these instances, we may represent Seaman and crewmembers that come from states and/or ports very distant from California.
Our Reputation is Success
Since 1987, the insurance companies have respected us for how we fight for our clients. This respect is a benefit clients receive when they choose The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC. The recognition the legal industry has given us helps us succeed for our clients.
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