For professionals that make their living by spending the majority of their working days in or around the ocean, that there is a separate and distinct body of law that governs their commercial activities. This body of law is called maritime law (it is also called admiralty law) and it is important that professional fishermen, crabbers or lobstermen have access to an attorney to call upon when they experience any labor disputes or discrepancies while on the job.
Being on the frontlines of the American commercial fishing industry can be deadly. According to The Oregonian, the Center for Public Integrity released a report that confirmed that commercial fishermen are more likely to die while working than individuals working in any other profession in the United States. The risk of death or serious injuries is just is a constant hazard for crabbers, lobstermen and commercial fishermen. At the law firm Zimmerman & Frachtman, commercial fishermen will find a team of highly experienced maritime attorneys who are willing to be relentless advocates for commercial fishermen and their families who are grappling with injuries or death.
Zimmerman & Frachtman is committed to ensuring that commercial fishermen and their families know their rights and have access to medical care or financial compensation in the event of a catastrophic injury or accident. Laborers who are injured while working on a commercial fishing vessel may have the opportunity to seek compensation for medical care and a stipend to cover their living expenses as they recover from their injury.
The laws that govern worker’s compensation for individuals who work on the ocean are very different from the laws that govern laborers who spend the majority of their time performing their work on the land. It is important that commercial fishing men procure a qualified maritime or admiralty attorney when the issue of worker’s compensation arises.
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Zimmerman & Frachtman is able to represent a wide variety of commercial fishing professionals including crabbers, lobstermen, trollers, seiners, individuals who work on processing vessels, snapper and grouper boats, shrimpers, individuals who work on clam and scallop vessels, and gillnetters.
There are many hazards associated with the rigorous labor of working aboard a commercial fishing vessel. As they perform their duties, commercial fishermen are often risking death and dismemberment on a daily basis. Some frequent injuries that have entitled commercial fisherman to worker’s compensation in past litigation include injuries resulting from damaged safety guards, negligent operation of a ship’s machinery and falls caused by wet ladders and gangways. Our boating accident attorneys represent many individuals that face accidents and injuries while at sea.
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