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What you need to know about the Jones Act

Alaska has a thriving commercial shipping industry, much of it related to tourism. Consequently, many Alaska workers are employed on ships in a variety of capacities. Should they suffer an injury or contract an illness during the course of their employment, even if not actually on board at the time, the Jones Act allows them to recover their medical costs, daily living expenses and lost wages from their employer.

Various levels of severity in maritime accidents

There are few things as essential to the character of Alaska as the water. It has the most extensive coastline of any state, a fact leading to a bustling maritime industry composed of tourism, fishing and freight. More activity on the water inevitably leads to a higher incidence of mistakes, some of which result in a significant enough loss to necessitate legal action.

How can you prevent accidents at sea?

The cruise manual for the National Science Foundation's Sikuliaq boldly states that "virtually all accidents" are preventable. If anyone can make a statement that bold, certainly the NSF can. They, along with the University of Alaska Fairbanks' College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, operate Sikuliaq, "one of the most advanced research vessels in the world." In the manual for operating the sophisticated ship, mariners establish safety guidelines to protect Alaskans from avoidable injuries. Even if your boat is much smaller and less technologically driven, and you use it mostly for fishing runs with family and friends, following these recommendations can help you keep both passengers and crew safer when navigating ocean waters.

Injuries sustained on cruise ships

When you go on a cruise in Alaska, you usually expect to have a good time, not sustain injuries. Some people are injured on cruise ships, though. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we know that receiving compensation for these wounds can be more complicated than you may think.

A look at the 2016 maritime accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board has published it’s Safer Seas Digest for 2016, which details several maritime accidents that occurred in various locations throughout the world. Two of these occurred in Alaska. The NTSB provides a list of “lessons learned” in order to assist mariners in the prevention of accidents in the future and the reduction of risk.

What sort of accidents and injuries occur on boats?

Anyone who enters Alaska's waters opens themselves up to the possibility of being injured at sea. Some situations are certainly far more dangerous than others. For example, deep sea fishing vessels are much more likely to report back injuries or even fatalities than a cruise ship. However, due to the potential of injury in any situation, it's good to have Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider on your side.

What are common accidents on commercial fishing boats?

Alaskan fishers like you risk life and limb in order to make a living. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we take a detailed look at the most common types of accidents you might face on any commercial fishing vessel so you can prepare yourself to combat these dangers in the future.

Common causes for boating accidents

Due to Alaska's location and some of its largest industries, boating is not an uncommon way to get around and many residents own boats. However, some people mistakenly think that it's less dangerous than driving, or forget that boats are vehicles with the potential to crash like anything else on land or in the air.

Report: Number of boating accidents around Alaska doubles

Alaskans are no strangers to boating, whether it is for a person's occupation or hobby. And for the most part, people understand the importance of being safe and observing boating regulations to avoid accidents.

Surfers blame Rip Curl for dangerous boat, incompetent crew

It was a two-week outing on a charter boat with broken bilge pumps, no working emergency equipment and an incompetent captain. According to eight top surfers, a $30,000 trip with Rip Curl surf clothing went dangerously wrong. When the ship went down, they were left drifting for hours in the Indian Ocean while the captain abandoned them.

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