San Francisco Seamen Injury Lawyers
Most seamen know that they are eligible for maintenance, cure and damages under the Jones Act when they suffer injuries or illness in the course of working on a ship in navigable waters. What they may not know is that obtaining these benefits can be much easier with the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced San Francisco seamen injury lawyer.
At the San Francisco law firm, Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C., our attorneys assist clients with Jones Act claims for personal injuries and wrongful death. Our clients are working seamen who were injured in the course of their employment because of the negligence of the owner or operator of the vessel as well as co-workers. Many of our clients are crewmembers on container ships that travel the world.
While the Jones Act allows employees to sue their employers (unlike workers’ compensation, which prohibits lawsuits against employers), there are still numerous legal questions that arise in the process of filing a claim under the Jones Act. These can include whether a claimant is really a “seaman” according to the definition in the Act; who actually owns the ship; and where the claim should be filed. We can help.
Our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience handling personal injury claims, including maritime claims. This gives us the ability to evaluate the evidence that supports our client’s claim of negligence or lack of seaworthiness. Such claims can involve issues of hiring and training; providing adequate safety equipment; poor maintenance; inadequate staffing of the ship; dangerous work processes; defects in the ship’s components, such as railings and bulkheads; and not enough lifeboats or unusable lifeboats.
Causes of Maritime Injuries
We handle cases that involve:
- Slip and falls
- Lifting injuries, including back, shoulder and neck injuries
- Problems with lines
- Open hatches
- Falling overboard
- Falling debris or cargo
Fatal Accidents on the Sea
We also undertake wrongful death cases on behalf of survivors of seamen who were killed while working. These cases can be filed under the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) or under general maritime law. Our attorneys have the skills and knowledge required to evaluate each situation and determine the approach that will best meet our client’s needs and goals.
Contact our San Francisco Maritime Lawyers Today!
If you were involved in a maritime accident that may be covered under the Jones Act, contact our experienced San Francisco seamen injury lawyers. Learn about your rights and options. Call 415.433.4440 or email us.