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What Can an Experienced Maritime Attorney Do for You?

Here are a few reasons why you should hire an experienced maritime lawyer.

Maritime injury law is an incredibly unique area of legal practice. Having a legal representative with deep experience representing claimants in maritime injury cases can provide a number of distinct advantages to an injured mariner. With decades of combined experience in maritime injury law, the attorneys at Injury At Sea are highly knowledgeable of the claims adjustment practices of various insurance companies, the best strategies for  handling claims agents, common approaches taken by employers boat owners, and preferred tactics for navigating the courts in which claims may be brought.

An experienced maritime injury attorney can often promptly assess the value of a case based upon their experience in similar settlements, judgments, and verdicts. Claims agents, insurance companies, and particular courts have track records that may be relevant to your case, and it is important that you hire an attorney with the institutional knowledge required to properly handle these entities in a way that will work to your benefit.

By hiring an experienced maritime attorney to represent you, you can reasonably expect that the the benefits you ultimately receive (including after payment of any contingency fee to your attorney) will exceed what you would otherwise be able to obtain on your own. Of course, hiring an attorney does not guarantee that this will be so in every case and situation, but retaining an experienced attorney should, in most circumstances, give you the results that fully justify retaining legal counsel.

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As maritime injury attorneys, we are often asked to provide an informal estimate, the “value” of a case, and a rough timeline of when a settlement might be reached. Though we cannot (unless and until we are retained) advise any specific individual with respect to a specific case, we are often able to provide an informal preliminary assessment of a potential case.

If you retain an experienced maritime injury attorney, whether from our firm or elsewhere, there are certain expectations you should have of your lawyer:

  1. You should expect to be kept thoroughly informed throughout the progression of your case.
  2. You should expect to be fully aware of what the strengths and weaknesses of your particular injury case are.
  3. You should expect to know what will be necessary to prepare your case – and what must be done before a reasonable evaluation of the value of your case can be made.
  4. Most importantly, you should expect that your legal representative will stay in touch with you, promptly returning phone calls and copying you on any correspondence that is important to your case.

Over the nearly 50 years since Injury At Sea was founded, our firm has represented injured mariners in over 5,000 cases. We have pursued justice for our clients in State court, Federal court, and even the United States Supreme Court. Our clients have included fishermen, factory trawler workers, crabbers, merchant mariners, ferry workers, passengers injured on cruise ships, cruise ship employees, recreational boaters, and individuals in longshore situations. We have represented individuals around the world, from the United States and the greater North American continent to South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia.

Disclaimer: What you can expect from an experienced maritime attorney as listed above applies only in situations where we have been retained, in writing, to represent an individual. Results in cases can differ dramatically, and the fact that a particular result was received in a specific case by a specific individual does not, in any way, guarantee that you will receive the same result in your case. The state of Washington does not recognize maritime law as a specialty area in the practice of law and does not require special certification to represent individuals in maritime matters.

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