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So many people love getting out on the water for fun, whether for some watersports or some leisurely riding. Other people make their living on the water as fishermen, oil workers, charter boat operators and more. Regardless of why you are on a water vessel, you should be safe from other people’s negligence. If someone else causes you harm, you need to know where to turn.

At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our qualified and experienced team will work to recover the compensation you deserve when you need a Bellevue maritime accident attorney.

How Do These Accidents Happen?

When we hear about people getting injured on the water, we think to major events we see on the news. Maybe an oil rig explosion or a recreational outing that goes tragically wrong. Often, though, people get hurt in ways that do not make the news, though this does not make them any less devastating to the victims and their families. Today, we want to talk about recreational injuries and work-related injuries.

Recreational Water Use

In and around our area, there are plenty of recreational water opportunities. We have bodies of water all around. Maybe you are heading out fishing. Maybe watersports are your thing. Regardless of why you head out on the water, you should expect to be safe, especially if you are going out in a commercial water vessel. Boat owners, captains, and other workers have certain responsibilities:

  • They need to ensure that the craft and all equipment is well-maintained.
  • All maritime laws and regulations must be followed.
  • The weather conditions should be monitored at all times to avoid incidents.
  • There must be enough life vests for everyone on the water and everyone must be trained to use them.

Those Who Work On The Water

There are plenty of people who make their living primarily on the water. When injuries happen, they should be covered under workers’ compensation laws, but there are also other laws in place that protect anyone who works and lives on a water vessel.

  • The Jones Act works to protect those who work on water vessels by ensuring they are compensated for injuries they incur while performing their duties.
  • The Longshore Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the payment of compensation, medical care, and services for those disabled in the course of their duties while working on a water vessel.

When You Get Hurt

We know that you were not expecting to get injured when you set out on the water, but we also know that other people do things that can cause us harm. No, maybe it was not intentional, but their negligence should not mean you have to suffer financially. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we want to help you secure the compensation you need. We understand the laws that go into these types of injuries and will work diligently on your behalf.

When you need a Bellevue maritime accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.

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