The Columbia River is the Pacific Northwest’s largest river. It runs 1,243 miles through the states of Washington and Oregon. With direct access to the Pacific Ocean, this significant waterway is an economic powerhouse in the region. The river is extensively used for sightseeing, tourism, commercial shipping and fishing. There are seventeen ports along the mighty river, including Kalama, Longview, and Arlington.
The Columbia River is known for its unique perils. In fact, it is part of an area known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific,” that has seen thousands of shipwrecks over decades. The Columbia River is an essential component in the regional and national maritime industry. That's why it is critically important for shipowners and operators to exercise caution and safeguard their maritime employees who are supporting the maritime industry on the Columbia River. Crewmembers and amphibious workers on and over the river may have claims if they were injured on the job, and Mariner Law, PLLC may be available to help.
Maritime workers harmed due to their employer’s negligence or unseaworthiness may be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act and general maritime law. Mariner Law, PLLC represents clients from areas surrounding the Columbia River on a variety of personal injury law cases. If you have been injured in any of the following ways, you may be entitled to benefits:
Slip, Trip and Falls
Fall from a height
When maritime employers and vessel owners fail to comply with safe practices and the provision of a safe workplace, there may be consequences under maritime law. When shipboard and dockside accidents occur, it is important that the victims understand their rights. There may be claims under the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) that can be filed with the help of a seasoned admiralty lawyer. Another ancient maritime remedy, Maintenance and Cure, may allow injured commercial seamen to receive compensation for medical care, wage loss, overhead, and possibly other forms of damages.
If you are facing injury or illness because of a work-related accident, there are strong federal laws designed to protect mariners and ensure that you receive adequate compensation. To find out what Mariner Law, PLLC can do to assist you or a loved one after a severe injury, call (971) 394-9900 and schedule a free chat with a Washington maritime attorney.