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Follow-up: Injuries Aboard ALASKA OCEAN and ALASKA JURIS

As reported in our March 5 blog, in the space of one week, in separate incidents aboard separate factory trawlers in Alaska, one man on each ship suffered traumatic head injury, each from a snapped cable. One, on March 1, occurred on F/T ALASKA JURIS, owned by Fishing Company of Alaska, and resulted in the tragic death of Andrew Fotu, 25, of Seattle.

Franz D'Alquen, 47, of Arizona survived his March 5 head injury aboard F/T ALASKA OCEAN, which is owned by Seattle-based Glacier Fish Company. According to reports, while Mr. D'Alquen was on deck shooting the net and checking whether the cable had cleared the weight chains, he was struck by a cable in the right face and eye area. He was thrown backward and remained unconscious for around five minutes. He was medevaced by Coast Guard helicopter from ALASKA OCEAN to Cold Bay Clinic, and then commercially transported to Anchorage for further medical care.

Fishing is still considered among the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Recognizing this, the Jones Act stipulates that a seaman shall receive maintenance (basic daily living allowance during recovery) and cure (medical care until maximum improvement) from his or her employer after an illness or injury which occurred while in the service of a vessel, as well as provides that, in the case of employer negligence, an injured seaman may make a legal claim. Related to that is the duty of the employer to provide a seaworthy a vessel, vessel equipment, and crew. The attorneys at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen have decades of experience successfully protecting seamen's legal rights and benefits under Jones Act and Admiralty Law.

Verdicts & Settlements
  • Aviation Accident – 2.8 million dollar settlement
    Wrongful death claims
  • Marine Construction Accident - $ 1,000,000 Settlement
    Wrongful Death Claim
  • Fish Processor Back Injuries - One Million Dollar Settlement
    A fall down a factory trawler’s defective stairs resulted in permanent back injuries for Fish Processor.
  • Failure to Provide Maintenance and Cure - $1.6 million
    An engineer aboard an Alaska fish processor injured his back while lifting a heavy sheet of metal. The employer denied his maintenance and cure despite medical opinions recommending further treatment.
  • Brain Injury - Tugboat Deckhand $3.5 million
    Deckhand injured on barge when three-foot-long pipe fell from tip of crane, striking crewman in head. Fractured skull, balance disorder, seizures, blowout fractures of eye... Jones Act Settlement.
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