The city of Bellingham, Washington, has a long, fruitful maritime history filled with successes in shipbuilding and repair, commercial fishing, and cargo activities. Sitting on the Bellingham Bay, less than 30 miles from the border of Canada and 50 miles from Vancouver, Bellingham is positioned well to maintain an active, productive waterfront. Today, the city’s waterfront is an industrial center that supports lumber processing, vessel husbanding, salmon canning, recreational boating, and other businesses.
The men and women working on and off the shores of Bellingham Bay make huge contributions to the local economy and community. However, the work of the maritime industry can be incredibly difficult and dangerous, as Puget Sound can be subject to hazardous conditions. It is the responsibility of maritime employers and vessels to put safeguards into place for protection of mariners. Jones Act seamen are a federally protected class of workers, as are longshoremen. If you are employed in the maritime industry in Bellingham and were the victim of an accident while on the job, you can find vital support and pursue lawful compensation with the assistance of Mariner Law, PLLC.
With broad legal and industry expertise, Mariner Law, PLLC represents a wide variety of individuals employed in the maritime industry in Bellingham and the broader Washington area including commercial fishermen, vessel crew members, ferry workers, tug crew, tour boat crew, merchant mariners, barge workers, dockworkers, and more. The firm takes on personal injury cases involving incidents including, but not limited to:
Slip and fall accidents
Falling from heights
Exposure to dangerous toxins
General maritime law can provide injured passengers and recreational boaters a cause of action at law to recover compensation for lost wages, suffering, and more. The Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) are in place to hold employers accountable and provide support and justice to men and women who are hurt while working on or around our nation’s waterways. The Jones Act and maritime law also offer seamen hurt because of their employer’s negligence and vessel unseaworthiness maintenance and cure benefits as well as a claim for general damages. The maritime claims and civil litigation systems are complex, so it is incredibly important that victims get help from a maritime lawyer with experience. Admiralty law firms like Mariner Law, PLLC can assist clients understand what they are entitled to in whole.
If you are facing injury or illness because of a work incident or a recreational accident on the water, don’t wait. You may be entitled to receive rightful compensation. Mariner Law, PLLC knows the ins and outs of maritime laws and the maritime industry. Admiralty attorney Adam Deitz will work relentlessly to deliver justice for clients. To find out what a Mariner Law, PLLC Washington Jones Act lawyer can do to help you or a loved one, call (253) 600-2531 today and schedule a consultation.
An offshore attorney may also be available to meet by appointment in the firm's Mount Vernon office (314 Pine Street #206 Mount Vernon, WA 98273).