When you are injured or a loved one dies on board a vessel, the land-based law does not generally apply.  You may have a claim under the Jones Act, the warranty of seaworthiness (sometimes called unseaworthiness), maintenance and cure, the Death on the High Seas Act or other laws unique to those who work, travel, or recreates at sea.  You need someone who understands these laws.  

Hiring an attorney with training and experience in maritime law can be a real advantage.  A well trained and experienced maritime attorney will often know about the practices of your claims adjuster, the vessel’s insurance company, your employer, and the boat owner, not to mention in which court(s) your claim may be brought.

The best reason to hire an experienced maritime attorney is that he or she will help you obtain all of the benefits you are entitled to receive.  It is a comfort to know that a trained and skilled attorney is working for you.  Of course, hiring a trained and experienced lawyer does not guarantee any particular outcome in your case.  No one can predict what will happen in any particular case, but hiring a trained and experienced maritime attorney, in most cases, should increase your recovery.

A trained and experienced maritime attorney should also keep you informed about your case, and be willing to answer your questions.  He or she should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case as it progresses.  The initial consultation, whether in person, on the telephone, or through email should be free to you.

Eric Dickman has a Master’s Degree in Law and Marine Affairs, and he has represented injured seaman for over twenty years.  With specialized training and years of experience, Eric Dickman is here to help you.

At eDickman Law Firm we have the training and we have fought for the rights of seamen and their families for well over twenty years.  We have settled countless cases and filed and tried cases in state and federal courts.  We are licensed to practice law in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and New York, and with the help of other attorneys have tried cases in many other coastal states.  We have tried cases and appealed cases to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court when necessary.  

We have represented Captains, Mates, Engineers, Wipers, Oilers, and Able Bodied Seamen.  We have represented all types of maritime workers, like fishermen, processors, ferry workers, merchant mariners, divers, cruise ship employees of all types, passengers, and recreational boaters.  We have represented people located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the rest of the world.  

We cannot guarantee you a result, but we are happy to talk to you.  Call us at 206-242-3742 (242-ERIC) or email Eric Dickman directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keep in mind that results in different cases can differ dramatically.  The fact a particular result was received by one person in a case does not guarantee you will have the same result. 

Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and New York do not recognize maritime law as a specialty area, and they do not require a certification to represent people with maritime claims.  Ask about any attorney’s experience before you hire them.

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