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  • Navigating Legal Claims for Shipyard Workers: Recognizing Unique Hazards and Protections

    May 08, 2024

    What Legal Protections Are Afforded to Injured Shipyard Workers? Shipyard workers may be exposed to various dangerous conditions that can lead to serious injuries and illnesses. In the event of a job-related accident or disease, shipyard workers may be entitled to benefits through the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) or, rarely, the Jones […]

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  • How to Determine Fault in Boating Accident Personal Injury Cases?

    April 16, 2024

    Why is it Vital To Accurately Determine Fault in a Boating Accident Personal Injury Case? Boating is an enjoyable outdoor activity for many Californians. But even momentary negligence by another boater can lead to catastrophic accidents. Failing to keep a proper lookout, creating dangerously large wakes, or operating a boat while intoxicated are just some […]

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  • What Steps Should You Take Immediately After Suffering an Injury on a Cruise Ship?

    March 16, 2024

    What is the Importance of the Actions You Take Following a Cruise Ship Accident? Cruise lines have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their passengers. If you suffer an injury caused by the cruise line’s negligence, such as failing to maintain safe conditions or adequately warn of potential hazards, you might be […]

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  • What Are the Key Differences Between Commercial Vessel and Recreational Boat Accidents in California?

    February 23, 2024

    What Legal Requirements Are in Place for Operators of Any Vessel? All private and commercial vessels have the same right to use public waterways, regardless of the size of their craft. However, every ship captain or operator has a responsibility to the individuals onboard and the vessels nearby. Both commercial and recreational vessels must keep […]

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  • Can California Residents File Injury Claims for Accidents Occurring on International Cruises?

    February 23, 2024

    Is it Possible to Seek Compensation if You’ve Been Hurt During an International Cruise? When someone books a vacation on a cruise ship, they generally don’t consider the possibility that they could get hurt. Unfortunately, while cruise ships are supposed to be safe for all passengers, they still present many potential hazards that could result […]

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  • What Legal Protections Do Workers Have After Offshore Accidents in California?

    January 02, 2024

    How Does the Law Protect Injured California Offshore Workers? Offshore maritime work can be extremely hazardous. Whether you are employed as an oil rigger, a crew member on a vessel, a ship-breaker, or another variety of maritime employee, you face daily risks while on the job. However, just because you have a high-risk job does […]

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  • How Do California’s Maritime Laws Intersect with Federal Regulations in Injury Claims?

    November 20, 2023

    What Role Does Federal Law Play in California Maritime Injury Claims? Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, is a complex area of law. If you have been injured while employed on a seagoing vessel, while working on docks or other areas adjacent to navigable waters, or as a passenger on a watercraft such as […]

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  • What is the Most Common Injury on a Cruise Ship?

    October 14, 2023

    What is the Most Common Way to Get Hurt on a Cruise Ship? Cruises are an enjoyable way for many people to vacation, meet new people, and see unfamiliar locations. However, the fun experience of a cruise can be marred by an unexpected injury. While there are various ways to get hurt on a cruise […]

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  • How Much Is My Pain and Suffering Worth?

    October 14, 2023

    What Are Pain and Suffering Damages? The injuries stemming from an accident can have far-reaching impacts on your life. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, whether a truck crash, a slip and fall accident, a workplace accident, or another type of incident, you may have the legal right […]

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  • What Is a Subrogation Claim?

    October 14, 2023

    Why Do Subrogation Claims Occur? Subrogation refers to the act of one party taking over the legal rights of another party to seek damages through a lawsuit. If you are involved in an accident, your car or health insurance company may pay upfront for some of your expenses relating to the crash. Through a subrogation […]

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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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    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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    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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    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.

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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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