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Long Beach Maritime Lawyer 

Long Beach Maritime Lawyer 

Top Rated Maritime Accident Attorney in Long Beach Fights to Recover Compensation on Behalf of Injured Maritime Workers in Los Angeles County and Throughout California 

Accidents can occur at any time and affect anyone. Maritime work environments are especially dangerous work environments. Employers are therefore required to take extra precautions to ensure a reasonably safe work environment for maritime workers. When accidents do occur, maritime workers can seek compensation for their injuries with the help of an experienced and knowledgeable Long Beach maritime lawyer. 

Attorney Preston Easley is highly experienced and knowledgeable in maritime law. He is committed to representing injured maritime workers and will fight aggressively to maximize your compensation. He has successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of injured maritime workers and will work to recover full compensation on your behalf. 

Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley to schedule a consultation with an experienced maritime accident attorney in Long Beach, CA. Learn more about the options available to you and take the necessary steps to protect your right to compensation. 

Maritime Accident Lawyer Preston Easley is a Graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. You Can Rely on His Expertise in Maritime Law to Protect Your Rights. Contact Him Today For a Free Consultation About Your Case.

The Jones Act 

If you are a maritime worker and were injured while working on a sea vessel, you may be eligible to seek compensation under the Jones Act. This Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act, is designed to ensure injured maritime workers can recover compensation for injuries suffered while on the job. Under this federal law, maritime workers are defined as those workers that spend at least 30 percent of their employment aboard a seafaring vessel. This includes captains and crewmen of any type of sea vessel. 

Maintenance and Cure Benefits 

Under the Jones Act, injured workers are entitled to maintenance and cure benefits. Maintenance benefits cover the daily living expenses of the injured worker during the recovery period. This includes utility expenses, groceries, and mortgage payments. Cure Benefits cover medical expenses including hospital expenses, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, treatment procedures, transportation costs, medical prescriptions, and medical equipment. 

In order to qualify for these benefits, maritime workers must show that the injuries they suffered occurred while on the job. An experienced Long Beach maritime lawyer can help you gather the evidence required to build a strong claim. 

Other Compensation Available under the Jones Act 

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, maritime workers may be entitled to additional benefits under the Jones Act. If you can show that your accident was at least partially caused by a coworker’s or your employer’s negligence or wrongful act, you may be eligible to recover the following damages: 

  • Lost income 
  • Medical expenses 
  • Future medical expenses 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life 
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Lost potential to earn 
  • Wrongful death 

The requirement to prove negligence under the Jones Act is different from other types of personal injury cases. Maritime workers can still recover compensation even if the at-fault party’s negligence was not the sole or main cause of their injuries. 

Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley to discuss your case with an experienced Long Beach maritime lawyer and gain insight into the best way to approach your case. 

About Maritime Worker Injuries in Long Beach, CA 

Long Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. It is the seventh most populous city in California. It is also home to the second busiest container port in the country, The Port of Long Beach. The port employs over 300,000 people and processes over 600,000 passengers annually.

If you were injured while working on a sea vessel, contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley for aggressive representation by an experienced Long Beach maritime lawyer. 

Reach Out to the Law Offices of Preston Easley to Consult with an Experienced Long Beach Maritime Lawyer 

Suffering an injury at work can be particularly distressing for maritime workers and their loved ones. While financial compensation will not take the pain away, it will help to deal with many of the economic pressures that result from being injured. However, the laws that apply to maritime workers are different from those that apply to other types of workers. It helps to have the guidance and representation of an experienced and knowledgeable Long Beach maritime lawyer. 

Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley to schedule an appointment for a free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation with an experienced maritime accident attorney in Long Beach, CA. Gain insight from an attorney with over 30 years of experience in maritime law. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Maritime Accidents in Long Beach

What is an unseaworthiness claim?

This is a claim that is brought by a person that claims to have been injured as a result of an unsafe condition on a sea vessel. Unsafe conditions may include:

1. Defective equipment
2. Equipment considered unsafe for use
3. Worn-out equipment
4. The vessel not being appropriate for its use
5. The unsafe operation of a vessel
6. Poorly supplied vessel
7. A vessel with inadequately or improperly trained crew
8. A vessel with insufficient crew
9. Other unsafe conditions that may lead to injury

Consult with an experienced Long Beach maritime lawyer to determine whether you are eligible to file a claim for unseaworthiness and recover compensation for your injuries.

How much can I receive as maintenance and cure?

Under the Jones Act, injured maritime workers have the right to recover compensation for the economic damages incurred as a result of their injuries. Maintenance is compensation provided to cover the cost of basic shelter and food that the maritime worker received aboard the vessel. The amount given for maintenance will vary depending on various factors. However, the rates for maintenance are often quite low.

Cure is compensation given for medical treatment that the maritime worker received as a result of their injuries. It may include the cost of doctor’s appointments, medical procedures, hospital expenses, prescription medication, physical therapy, and medical devices. This is paid until the maritime worker reaches maximum medical improvement. The amount given will depend on the cost of your medical expenses.

Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley to consult an experienced and knowledgeable maritime accident attorney in Long Beach, CA. Have your questions answered by an experienced attorney.

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Cases We Handle

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    Longshoremen & Shipyard Workers

    Longshoring and shipyard work are very dangerous occupations. Workers in these fields, along with marine construction workers, are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, a very generous no-fault workers’ compensation system. It covers medical expenses, temporary disability, permanent disability and vocational rehabilitation.

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  • sea vessel docked at US shore

    Jones Act Seamen

    A seaman is a member of the crew of a vessel or group of vessels under common ownership or control. The vessel can be anything from a raft to a cargo ship. We represent seamen who work aboard recreational vessels, tugboats, dredges, barges, skiffs, workboats and cargo ships. We also represent seamen who are marine construction workers

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  • Diving

    We represent people who have been injured in SCUBA diving accidents and Commercial diving accidents. We also handle diving boat accidents. Diving can be very dangerous. We successfully represented a commercial diver who was seriously injured while cleaning the propeller of a U.S. Navy ship at Pearl Harbor

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  • accident at construction site and hard hat on floor

    Construction & Industrial Accidents

    Construction and industrial sites can be very dangerous. Although you generally cannot sue your own employer for a construction site or industrial accident (generally workers’ compensation is your exclusive remedy against your employer) there are many circumstances in which you can file a third party lawsuit against an entity other than your employer for an unsafe condition at a work site which causes you to be injured

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  • Forklift and Crane Injuries Lawyer

    Crane & Forklift Accidents

    The Easley firm has extensive experience with crane and forklift accidents and workplace accidents involving dangerous equipment and machinery. These accidents can be caused by operator error and they can be caused by the unsafe and defective condition of the equipment

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  • auto accident involving two cars on a city street

    Motor Vehicle & Truck Accidents

    Motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injury and death. These kinds of accidents can involve automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians and unsafe road design and unsafe road conditions

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  • Catamaran Injuries Attorney

    Passenger Vessel Accidents

    Passenger accidents are common on recreational vessels, catamarans, tour boats and cruise ships.  They are frequently caused by rough sea conditions and unsafe conditions aboard the vessels.  The Easley firm has extensive experience in the field of maritime law.  We have made new law in the field of maritime law with numerous precedent setting decisions in the State Appellate Courts, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court

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  • Defense Base Act

    The Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act which covers civilian employees of U.S. defense contractors injured overseas, including war zones. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensations Act as extended by the Defense Base Act is a very generous no fault workers’ compensation system

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Areas Where We Practice

Preston Easley is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He served five years of active duty as a Naval officer — three years as a deck officer on a fast frigate and two years as a patrol boat skipper. Mr. Easley also served aboard a tank landing ship in the reserves.




Let Us Get You The Compensation You Deserve

Preston Easley is an experienced lawyer with considerable expertise in handling federal and state personal injury cases. He will aggressively seek the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to receive. Attorney Easley represents victims of serious and fatal accidents involving cars, trucks, construction projects and maritime work.

Construction Workers We Help

  • Crane and Forklift Operators
  • Pile Drivers
  • Scaffold Workers
  • Iron Workers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Operating Engineers
  • Electricians

Maritime Workers We Help

  • National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) Shipyard Workers
  • Manson Construction Company Workers
  • Manson Dredging Workers
  • Dutra Dredging Workers
  • Commercial Divers
  • Scuba Divers
  • Commercial Fisherman
  • Government Maritime Claims Against the Navy, Army Corps of Engineers, or the US Coast Guard, etc.
  • Marine Construction Workers
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Workers
  • Seamen
  • Shipyard Workers
  • YYK Enterprises, Inc.
  • Pacific Tugboat Service
  • Long Beach Container Terminal
  • Tugboat, Dredge, Longshoremen, and Ferry Workers
  • Barge Crews and Barge Workers
  • Marisco Limited
  • HL Welding
  • SSA Marine
  • Catalina Express
  • R.E. State Engineering
  • Shimmick Construction
  • Nova Group
  • American Scaffolding
  • Safway Scaffolding
  • Kirby Tugs
  • Crowley Tugboats
  • P&R Water Taxi
  • Continental Maritime
  • Pacific Ship Repair
  • Seaward Marine
  • Healy Tibbitts
  • General Construction
  • BAE Shipyards
  • South Coast Welding
  • Matson
  • Pasha
  • Hawaii Stevedores, Inc.
  • McCabe, Hamilton & Renny
  • Young Brothers
  • Sause Bros.
  • Foss Maritime
  • Fenix Marine Services
  • ITS
  • Total Terminals
  • TraPac
  • PCMC
  • Maersk
  • Yang Ming
  • China Overseas Shipping
  • Evergreen

Boating Accidents

  • Catamaran Accidents
  • Charter and Tour Boats
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Passenger Accidents
  • Jet Ski and Personal Watercraft
  • Motorboat Accidents
  • Recreational Accidents
  • Scuba Diving Accidents
  • Speed Boat Accidents
  • Yachts and Sail Boat Accidents
  • Repair Accidents
  • Crew Accidents
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