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San Diego Maritime Accident Lawyer

San Diego Maritime Accident Lawyer

Top Rated San Diego Maritime Accident Lawyer Representing Clients In San Diego County and Throughout California 

Maritime workers are presented with many dangers while on the job. From heavy machinery to dangerous sea conditions, there is great potential for being involved in an accident when you’re a maritime worker. When maritime workers are injured on the job they can seek compensation for their injuries. However, the type of compensation you are entitled to will depend on what type of maritime worker you are. It is therefore important to seek the counsel and representation of an experienced San Diego maritime accident lawyer to guide and defend your rights. 

Attorney Preston Easley is highly experienced at defending the rights of injured passengers, vessel crew members, maritime construction workers, longshoremen, dockyard workers, and various other types of maritime workers. He has been at the forefront of fighting for the rights of injured maritime workers for over three decades. You can rely on his experience and skills to help you get the best outcome in your case. 

Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation and learn about your rights and the best way to approach your case. 

Types of San Diego Maritime Accidents the Law Offices of Preston Easley Can Help With 

Recovering compensation for injuries that occur to maritime workers is often complex. Maritime workers vary in the nature of their jobs as well as their locations. Different laws apply to different maritime workers. Attorney Preston Easley has represented different types of injured San Diego maritime workers in a wide variety of injury claims involving: 

  • San Diego Boating Accidents
  • San Diego Barge Accidents 
  • San Diego Tour Boat Accidents 
  • San Diego Catamaran Accidents 
  • San Diego Longshore Accidents
  • San Diego Ferry Accidents 
  • San Diego Scuba Diving Accidents
  • San Diego Tour Boat Accidents 
  • San Diego Ship Accidents 
  • San Diego Tugboat Accidents 
  • San Diego Seamen Accidents
  • San Diego Exposure to Toxic Chemical Accidents 
  • San Diego Defective Maritime Product Accidents
  • And many more 

If you’re searching for an experienced and skilled San Diego maritime accident lawyer to help you with your case, you can rely on Attorney Preston Easley for the best legal services. 

About San Diego, California 

The Port of San Diego is located on San Diego Bay in San Diego County. Established in 1962, the Port has played a central role in the growth of the city’s economy and continues to do so today. This port is amongst the top 30 busiest containership ports in the country. More than 3 million metric tons of cargo pass through this port every year. The port is also California’s third busiest cruise port. In 2008, this port hosted 252 ship calls and over 800,000 passengers

The port and the vessels that call in at the port present workers with a hazardous environment in which to work. If you are a maritime worker and have been injured while at work, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley for a free consultation and to learn what an experienced San Diego maritime law attorney can do for you. 

Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley to Consult for Free with an Experienced San Diego Maritime Accident Lawyer 

Seeking compensation for injuries that occurred while working aboard a vessel in navigation can be complicated. Not only is it complex to navigate maritime laws, but it can also be difficult dealing with insurance companies while recovering from your injuries. You don’t have to struggle alone. Contact the Law Offices of Preston Easley and schedule an appointment for a free consultation with our attorney. Attorney Preston Easley is a skilled and experienced San Diego maritime accident lawyer. He has successfully represented many maritime workers and recovered compensation on their behalf.  He will provide you with free case evaluation and invaluable insight into your case. 

Take the first step to protecting your right to compensation for your injuries by getting in touch with us to schedule your consultation. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Maritime Accidents

What is a ‘vessel in navigation’ under maritime law?

In order to qualify as a seaman, you must spend a significant amount of your time working aboard a vessel in navigation. Vessels are considered to be in navigation if they are: 
— Afloat 
— Can move on or within the water 
— In operation 
— Located on navigable waters 
If you are a captain or a crew member aboard a vessel that meets the above criteria, you qualify as a seaman and can seek compensation for your injuries as a seaman. Seek the guidance of an experienced San Diego maritime accident lawyer to determine whether you are eligible to recover compensation for your injuries and the best way to do so. Lawyer Preston Easley is committed to fighting on behalf of injured seamen. Our law firm will fight to protect your right to compensation for your injuries.

I was injured while working on board a vessel. Am I entitled to compensation?

Yes. You can seek compensation for your injuries under the Jones Act. Under this federal law, seamen can seek compensation for injuries they have suffered while aboard a vessel in navigation. They can: 

Sue their employers for negligence 
Employers are required to provide a reasonably safe work environment for their employees. They are also required to ensure that the vessel on which the seamen work is in a reasonably safe condition. If employers fail to do so, they can be held liable for the injuries that the seamen may suffer while working onboard the vessel. 

Claim cure and maintenance from their employer 
An injured seaman has the right to claim medical expenses as well as maintenance from their employer. Their employer is required by law to cover the cost of medical treatment. They must also provide for the upkeep of the seaman during the period of recovery. 

Sue the owner of an unseaworthy vessel 
A sea vessel is considered seaworthy if it is equipped and designed for its functions. It is also considered seaworthy if reasonably safe working conditions are maintained for those working on board the vessel. A vessel owner can be held liable for injuries to seamen working on board their vessel if their vessel does not meet the conditions for being seaworthy.

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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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    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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    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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    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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