Offshore InjuryBlog

Most Common Dangers Facing Commercial Fishermen

Commercial fishing is not only one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, it also carries a high risk of injury in other countries. A recent Transportation Safety Board of Canada report on the commercial fishing industry listed the 10 greatest hazards to people who fish for a living.

The main three topics were:

  1. Lifesaving appliances – The improper design, fit, use, or maintenance of life saving appliances such as lifejackets can put fishermen's lives at risk.
  2. Fatigue – Commercial fishermen work long hours of hard, manual labor. They are often overworked and fatigued, which can contribute to an offshore injury.
  3. Safety – The principles of stability must be well understood and appropriately applied. Safety information must be presented in the best way possible through clear training and consistent implementation to create a safe workplace. Fishing companies view some safety measures as superfluous and sometimes unnecessary costs.

Injuries to commercial fishermen are often serious, and can have a lasting impact on their ability to earn a living. During 2000-2010, 545 commercial fishermen died while fishing in the United States. Whether you've been injured on a crab boat, dredger, purse seiner, factory ship, trawler, longliner, dragger, line vessel, research vessel, or other fishing boat, you need the most experienced legal assistance you can get.

Hiring A Maritime Lawyer

Arnold & Itkin has represented thousands of injured offshore workers and the families of those killed at sea. We have experience working on maritime matters involving commercial fishing boats. We understand how dangerous working offshore can be, and how many incidents could have been prevented by appropriate safety techniques. We have handled maritime matters in almost every state in the country.

If you have been injured as the result of negligence while working on a fishing boat at sea, you may be entitled to money damages under the Jones Act, the general maritime law doctrine of unseaworthiness, and maintenance and cure. Damages can include compensation for pain and suffering, loss of past and future wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and medical expenses. After your commercial fishing injury and during the pendency of your maritime case, you will likely be entitled to maintenance and cure benefits, payments for medical treatment and daily living expenses.

If you have been injured working on a fishing vessel, you should contact one of the most experienced maritime injury law firms in the country. Serious commercial fishing injuries will impact you for the rest of your life, and you shouldn't settle for less than what you deserve. Contact our maritime lawyers for a free consultation about your claim.

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