As the epicenter of activity in Alaska and the state’s most populous and largest city, Anchorage is a highly important locale for maritime activity. It is positioned well to garner great success in the industry, sharing a border with the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and the Pacific Ocean in the south-central portion of the state.
The Port of Alaska, formerly known as the Port of Anchorage, is a deepwater port. The location receives eighty-five percent of all of Alaska’s imported goods, generating enough revenue to support its operations without funds from taxpaying citizens. In 2020, the port handled 4.7 million tons of fuel and freight, including containers, liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk, and cruise ships. As Alaska’s central inbound freight and fuel distribution center, it supports more than $14 billion in commercial activity in the state.
From harbor and dock workers, longshoremen, and cruise ship crew, maritime jobs are highly important in Anchorage. The folks who work at the Port of Alaska keep the state’s economy afloat and support the welfare of all of its residents. Maritime workers need full support and safety as they do this vital work, and there are several federal laws that can be protective in the event of injury or illness. An experienced Anchorage maritime lawyer from Mariner Law, PLLC can help.
Crewmen and shoreside workers injured or killed as a result of negligence or unseaworthiness on behalf of their employers are entitled to compensation under the Jones Act and general maritime law. Mariner Law, PLLC represents clients from Anchorage and surrounding areas on a wide array of maritime personal injury law cases. If you have been harmed by any of the following, you may be entitled to compensation:
Slip and fall accidents
Injuries in enclosed spaces
Repetitive motion injuries
Docks and pier injuries
Broken bones and extremities injuries
Negligence and maritime accidents
Exposure to dangerous toxins
Under the Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. § 30104, seamen can obtain a claim for an injury if the worker proves some negligence or fault on the part of the vessel’s owners, operators, officers, or fellow employees. Additionally, Maintenance and Cure entitles any injured seamen to medical expenses, certain wages, and room and board expenses while the employee is recovering from an injury due to the condition or service of the vessel. There are very few accidents at sea that are not preventable by reasonable safety precautions. Maritime lawyer Adam Deitz at Mariner Law, PLLC understands the maritime claims systems in place and has knowledge on how to invoke maritime law in support of you claim.
If you are facing a serious injury because of a work-related accident, there are powerful state and federal laws arranged to ensure you receive adequate recompense. To find out what a Mariner Law, PLLC Alaska Jones Act attorney can do to help you or a loved one, call (253) 600-2531 today and schedule a consultation with an offshore lawyer.