To evaluate your maritime accident, Mark will analyze your case to determine the extent to which your employer did not live up to the legal responsibility of providing you with a secure place in which you could perform your job. Your employer is bound by law to provide for your reasonable safety. Not meeting this obligation results in a failure of duty to care and is considered legal negligence. To that end, your Portland maritime accident attorney will investigate whether any of the following may have occurred:
- Failure to employ or enforce safety guidelines and regulations
- Negligent acts or behavior from others aboard the vessel
- Inadequate training
- Lack of appropriate safety equipment
- Shifts lasting too many hours or too long in inclement weather
- Operational or navigational errors by the vessel operator
- Lack of sufficient medical supplies or care
- Crimes at sea (i.e., physical assault or sexual harassment)
- A vessel lacking seaworthiness
- … other forms of negligence
Obviously, every case is unique and merits individual scrutiny and attention. Maritime accident lawyer Mark J. Leeds has dedicated his practice solely to injury cases so that he can give you and your case the time, attention, and expertise that an injury case warrants. Because Mark is experienced in maritime and admiralty law, has depth of experience with Jones Act cases, and provides aggressive, compassionate, and expert representation, he can be relied upon to provide the best chance at a potential recovery whether that takes the form of a settlement, judgment, or verdict.
Because the relationship between federal laws (regulating ships, crews, passengers, and cargo) and state laws regarding workers compensation are intricate, complex, and often confusing, at best, if you have suffered any kind of maritime injury, it’s critical that you consult with an experienced maritime attorney in Portland, Oregon as soon as possible. Mark has the legal expertise to sort through all of the applicable federal and state laws so that you have the best chance of obtaining any remuneration for which you may be eligible. For example, if you are a seaman who was injured aboard a boat, ship, barge, cargo ship, cruise ship, or commercial fishing vessel that was on a body of water at the time of the injury, and the injury was due to the negligence of the vessel’s owner or operator, you may be able entitled to damages under the Jones Act.
ou may also be eligible for compensation under the Jones Act if you were performing work in the service of the ship even though your were no longer at sea or you were physically on land at the time of the injury. Consulting with a Portland attorney who has a solid command of admiralty law and is well-versed with the Jones Act and how it has been interpreted by the courts will better enable you to understand the extent to which it may be applied in your case. However, time can be of the essence, since some maritime cases are governed by a statute of limitations, so it’s imperative that you contact a Portland maritime attorney as soon as possible.
When you have suffered a maritime injury, you will need smart, meticulous representation from an admiralty lawyer in Portland who is committed to the highest ethical standards. Mark J. Leeds has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating from his colleagues due to his integrity and courtroom excellence as a personal injury attorney in Portland, Oregon. You can count on Mark to provide quality representation in an admiralty law case if your injury is related to your maritime work, including:
- Steam engine burns
- Engine room fires
- Oil rig or drilling platform accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Equipment failures
- Lack of adequate training
- … and many other maritime situations
Accidents that cause injury to seamen, commercial fishermen, offshore workers, and crewmembers on a vessel are covered under Federal Admiralty and Maritime Law called the Jones Act. Portland maritime attorney Mark J. Leeds is the one you can trust to help you if you have suffered an injury while working aboard a vessel or on a dock in the service of a vessel. During your initial consultation, Mark will review your case to provide you with the responsible legal counsel you need in order to make an informed decision as to whether a lawsuit regarding your injury would be in your best interests.