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  • Your Complete Guide to the Jones Act

    July 15, 2022

    In the United States, transportation of goods between two parts of the U.S. is regulated by federal law. Provisions of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known as the Jones Act, codified seamen’s rights and also required the development of a domestic maritime industry for shipping of goods between U.S. ports. As a result, the […]

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  • What Is the Law of the Sea? 

    July 13, 2022

    While private activities on the ocean or navigable waters are governed by national and international maritime law, the relationships between countries when it comes to the use of the oceans is governed by a separate area of law called the Law of the Sea. Although the Law of the Sea is a body of public […]

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  • How Is Maritime Law Different from Personal Injury Law?

    July 11, 2022

    If you are injured in an accident on the water or on a vessel, you may decide to pursue a personal injury claim against the party or parties whose negligence caused the accident. However, most injury cases that arise on a vessel or on the water are governed by maritime law rather than a state’s […]

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  • Does Maritime Law Apply to Lakes and Rivers?

    July 09, 2022

    When you are involved in an accident or an incident on a lake or a river, you may not even consider that a special body of federal law will govern any claims you have arising from that accident or incident. Although lakes and rivers seem like the domain of state law, under certain circumstances these […]

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  • Does Maritime Law Apply on Land?

    July 07, 2022

    When an accident or other incident that leads to injuries or property damage occurs on the open water, you may know that maritime law likely applies to claims that an injured party may have. But you may be surprised to learn that maritime law may also apply to certain accidents and incidents on land. The […]

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  • Can I File Suit Against a Sea Vessel?

    July 05, 2022

    If you were hurt in an accident involving a sea vessel that was caused by the negligence of the vessel’s owner or operator, you normally might file a lawsuit against the owner/operator to recover compensation. However, various circumstances might make it infeasible to file suit against the person or entity that owns or operates the […]

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  • A History of Maritime Law in the United States

    July 03, 2022

    Maritime law in the United States stretches throughout the entire history of the country, all the way to the founding of the first colonies. As the North American colonies were established to trade resources back to England, France, and Spain, shipping and the maritime industry were a critical part of the development of the U.S. […]

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  • A Guide to the Suits in Admiralty Act

    July 01, 2022

    For many years, someone who was injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent operation of a federal government vessel could not file a lawsuit against the government due to sovereign immunity. However, the Congress realized that the federal government should not be immune from suit for negligently injuring people. As a result, […]

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  • A Guide to the Public Vessels Act

    June 30, 2022

    Negligence in the operation of a government-owned vessel may lead to an accident that causes injury and damage for other innocent parties. Historically, parties who were harmed by the negligence of the government could not pursue compensation due to the government’s sovereign immunity, which is an absolute prohibition on filing a civil lawsuit for monetary […]

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  • A Guide to the Defense Base Act

    June 28, 2022

    If you work for a federal contractor at a military or overseas government installation, you are entitled to certain statutory protections that ensure you can receive compensation in the event you are injured on the job. These protections are codified under federal law in the Defense Base Act. As an employee of a contractor working […]

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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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    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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    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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