Fishing Accidents

By most accounts, fishing is the most dangerous occupation in the United States. Fishermen know this already, as they witness serious injuries and death occurring far too frequently. At the law firm of Peter M. Commette, P.A., we help fisherman obtain compensation for injuries and file wrongful death claims for families whose loved ones died at sea. Working as a fisherman is a very demanding job. You need to be able to move quickly and work long hours. There is no light duty work on a commercial fishing vessel.

We have successfully represented commercial fisherman. We have filed Jones Act and unseaworthiness claims on behalf of clients in all types of fishing industry occupations, including Captains, Mates, Engineers, and Deckhands. Our clients come to us from all types of fishing vessels, including:

  • Trawlers
  • Clam boats
  • Crab boats
  • Shrimp boats
  • Lobster boats
  • Daysailors
  • Big Game Sportfish boats

Our clients have suffered injuries from winches, dredges, blocks, fishing nets, lines, and cranes, among other things. Poor maintenance or operation of equipment and a high-pressure environment contribute to a difficult work place. We have been able to recover damages for many fishermen, including payment of medical bills and expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, disability, and other losses when the employer was negligent and/or the vessel unseaworthy.