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San Diego Jones Act Seaman Accident Attorney

San Diego Jones Act Seaman Accident Attorney

Experienced San Diego Jones Act Seaman Accident Attorney Defending the Rights of Seamen Injured In San Diego County and Throughout California 

Working on a sea vessel can present various risks. Under the Jones Act, seamen have the right to seek compensation for serious injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of their employer, the boat owner, co-workers, or other third parties. If you work on a sea vessel or a shipyard and have been injured while performing your duties, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. However, the process can be quite complex. It is vital to seek the representation of an experienced San Diego Jones Act Seaman accident attorney. 

Navigating maritime laws when seeking compensation can be complex. The Law Offices of Preston Easley is experienced and skilled in handling maritime worker injury cases in San Diego and throughout California. We have been at the forefront of fighting on behalf of injured employees and have successfully recovered compensation and favorable verdicts on behalf of many of our clients. We’ve obtained many landmark decisions from courts under the Jones Act. We will fight vigorously to defend your rights and recover maximum compensation in your case. 

Contact our law firm today and take the first step to protect your rights and recover the compensation you rightly deserve. 

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.

Seeking Compensation under The Jones Act 

Working on a sea vessel presents various risks. Under the Jones Act, seamen have the right to sue their employers for damages when they are injured while working on a sea vessel. They can sue their employers for negligence as well as for the unseaworthiness of the sea vessel. In order to do this, the seaman must prove fault on the part of their employer. Their employer can be held liable for the seaman’s injury no matter how small their mistake and how little it contributed to the accident. The presence of any dangerous conditions on the vessel is enough to make the employer liable on the basis of the vessel being unseaworthy. Seamen can also sue the vessel owner and other third parties such as defective product manufacturers or co-workers in cases of negligence including truck accidents, crane and forklift accidents, and more. 

About San Diego, California

San Diego is the second-most populous city in California and the eighth-most populous city in the country. The city has grown largely as a result of its natural deep-water harbor which has attracted local and international trade and operations in the area. San Diego is home to a Naval Base and hosts the world’s largest fleet of naval ships. The Port of San Diego is ranked among the busiest containership ports in the country with more than 3 million metric tons of cargo passing through the port every year. The port also attracts a large number of cruise ships. The port hosted 252 ship calls in 2008 with more than 800,000 passengers in total. 

If you are a seaman and have been injured while at work due to unsafe conditions or negligence it is your right to seek compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley to consult an experienced San Diego Jones Act seaman accident attorney. 

Contact the Law Office of Preston Easley to Consult with an Experienced San Diego Jones Act Seaman Accident Attorney 

Seeking compensation for an injury that occurred while working as a Seaman can be complicated. The law is not only subject to change but can also to different interpretations. It is vital that you seek the services of an experienced and knowledgeable San Diego Jones Act seaman accident attorney when pursuing compensation for your injuries. 

Preston Easley is experienced and knowledgeable in San Diego maritime law cases. Our firm will work to protect your rights and build a strong case on your behalf. We will work to maximize your compensation and secure your future. 

Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley to schedule a free consultation with a San Diego maritime accident attorney from our law firm and take the first and most important step in protecting your rights. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Jones Act Seamen Accidents in San Diego

Do I qualify to file a lawsuit as a seaman?

Defining who a seaman is has been a contentious issue for years. There is currently no definition of a seaman under the law. However, courts in San Diego define seamen as those workers that are permanently assigned to a vessel or a group of vessels owned by the same entity. These workers’ tasks are primarily on board the vessel. Their work is to aid in the function or mission of the vessel. Under this definition, seamen include crewmen on fishing boats, tugboats, merchant vessels, passenger boats, and other sea-faring vessels. 

There are also seamen that work on special purpose vessels such as punts, barges, dredges, floating cranes, or moveable oil rigs. Shipyards also employ workers who work on their barges and tugs. These workers and those that work in shipyards may also qualify as seamen. 

If you’ve been injured and are not sure whether you qualify as a seaman contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley to consult with an experienced San Diego Jones Act Seaman Accident attorney for free and get all the answers to your questions.

What is the time limit on filing a lawsuit for a seaman accident in San Diego?

If you are a seaman and have been injured while at work, you may be eligible to file a claim and recover compensation for your injuries. However, you will need to act fast as the statute of limitations for filing a claim for injuries is 3 years in San Diego, California. It is important to consult with an experienced San Diego Jones Act Seaman Accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. This will ensure that you don’t miss out on any deadlines. It will also give your attorney adequate time to build a strong case on your behalf. Your attorney can gather the evidence before the trail goes cold. They can interview witnesses before they forget what happened, visit the vessel before the unsafe conditions are corrected or before it is sold, and much more. 

Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley to consult with an experienced attorney and get started with your claim right away.

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Cases We Handle

  • maritime worker working on ship

    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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