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Commercial Fishing Injuries & Recreational Boating Accidents

Commercial fishing or recreational boating accidents can be devastating, career ending, and/or fatal. Hiring a Seattle personal injury attorney immediately to investigate your accident and to obtain corroborating statements from witnesses on the vessel and commercial boat on which you worked, will all help the process run smoothly. It is important to start out with a strong case by having proof of liability through witness statements. The underwriter of any commercial fishing vessel will be able to obtain statements of witnesses who are critical to your case. Often crew members will disappear because they've moved on to other vessels or returned to their land of origin. Time is of the essence to obtain crew members' contact information.

Get Boating Accident Lawyer Rob Kornfeld to Help You Establish Your Case

The taking of statements when your vessel is in port is critical. Please try and notify your attorney of all possible eyewitnesses who observed the condition which caused your accident so an investigator may obtain statements from all possible witnesses. Next, proof of damages must be established, typically involving the loss of past or future earnings that a seamen otherwise would have earned “but for” the accident.

This could include future anticipated contracts of employment with this or other vessels, or other work in the private sector. In the meantime, regardless of liability, the injured seaman is entitled to recover maintenance and cure regardless of fault. This shall continue until the seaman reaches maximum medical improvement or cure, according to his or her treating physician. Often vessel owners and underwriters will not pay reasonable maintenance and cure; you need a lawyer to enforce your rights to be paid for both medical and wage loss, and in reasonable amounts.

Often crews are required to work under onerous and hazardous conditions in hopes of increasing the vessel’s revenues. These conditions can lead to serious injuries if you are overworked, fatigued, or are injured because you have not had enough rest. If you were injured because of the negligence of an employer or operator, or because of an unseaworthy condition aboard the vessel, you may have a Jones Act claims which would entitle you to the recovery of wages, medical expenses, damages for pain and suffering, and other general damages, disabilities, and future damages.

The recoverable general and special damages to one who is injured in a commercial fishing or recreational boating accident are generally the same as one who is injured in a car accident.

You may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Loss of the capacity to work
  • Mental or physical pain
  • Wrongful death
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of wages or future earning
  • Medical and rehabilitation bills
  • Other damages and expenses

Important Boating Accident Deadlines

A Jones Act claim may be confused with a worker’s compensation or Labor and Industries Claims. You should consult a Seattle personal injury lawyer immediately to determine filing deadlines and other filing requirements to determine if your claim is one of workers' compensation or one under the Jones Act from which you are entitled to recover maintenance and cure.

Recreational boating accidents are governed by a myriad of laws including common law negligence, the Rules of the Road governing inland navigable waters, county and state laws, and perhaps municipal laws. Often the motor vehicle Rules of the Road are applied by analogy to recreational boating. Please consult an attorney for these nuances in the laws governing recreational boating.

Seattle maritime lawyer Robert Kornfeld handles claims involving the commercial fishing industry, including injured processors, crabbers, ferry drivers, and wrongful death. He also takes on cases of recreational boating injury claims.

Contact Kornfeld Law at (425) 657-5255 for a free consultation today and we can meet you at our office, in the hospital and/or a location near you. We can also talk over the phone or communicate by email. Just email Rob now at or pick up the phone and give us a call NOW.

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