Dutch Harbor is located in Unalaska on Amaknak Island, the largest city on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. It is the location of the World War II Battle of Dutch Harbor, famous for being the only confrontation to take place in North America.
While the legacy of strength lives on in the harbor from its participation in the battle, it is a durable and robust force in the maritime industry today. Dutch Harbor is the number one commercial fishing port in the United States, and operates as the control center for the commercial fishing industry as a whole. With a continental shelf that is one of the world’s largest, the area supports a vast ecosystem with a great deal of bounty. The majority of seafood product from the area is Alaska pollock and cod. In 2019, Dutch Harbor produced 763 million pounds of seafood, which was $190 million in value.
From harbor and port workers to longshoremen, maritime jobs are extremely important in Dutch Harbor. The folks who work at Dutch Harbor and surrounding areas 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 crucial work, and there are several federal laws that can be protective in the event of injury or illness. An experienced Dutch Harbor maritime lawyer from Mariner Law, PLLC can be of help.
Any crewmen and shoreside workers of Dutch Harbor, Alaska who are injured as a result of employer negligence or unseaworthiness may be entitled to compensation under general maritime law and the Jones Act. There is specialized offshore injury attorney counsel available from Mariner Law, PLLC which can represent clients from the area on a wide array of maritime personal injury cases. If you have been injured or rendered unable to work, you may be entitled to compensation:
Falling into the sea
Trip and fall accidents
Slip and fall accidents
Enclosed space accidents
Repetitive use injuries
Wharf, pier, and dock injuries
Broken extremities injuries
Negligence and maritime accidents
Exposure to dangerous chemicals
Seamen and crewmen can seek a claim for money damages for an injury that is the fault of the vessel’s owners, operators, officers, or other crewmembers under the Jones Act and federal maritime law. The age-old doctrine of Maintenance and Cure entitles injured and ill seamen to funds to help with medical expenses and overhead expenses while recovering from an injury caused by the status or service of the vessel they work on.
Accidents at sea can often be avoided, and when they aren’t, the voices of victims should be heard. Maritime Attorney Adam Deitz at Mariner Law, PLLC understands the procedures and laws in place and has expertise on how to leverage the Jones Act, Maintenance and Cure, and Unseaworthiness to his clients' advantage.
If you were injured on the job, there are some authoritative and strong common law and federal statutes passed to ensure you receive fair compensation and medical benefits. To find out what a Mariner Law, PLLC Alaska Jones Act lawyer can do to help you or a loved one, call (253) 600-2531 and ask to schedule a free initial consultation.