Fisherman injuries can be legally complicated for a number of reasons, and it can be difficult to know how to approach making a claim. If you think that you might be entitled to do so, call our helpline for free, no obligation advice.
We’ll talk through the circumstances of your accident with you and help you decide what to do. If you wish, and if your case is legitimate, we can also put you in touch with a solicitor who can take your case forward for you.
What counts as a fisherman injury?
This could be any injury sustained in the course of your work as a fisherman, whether it happened at sea, in the harbour, or in an office or warehouse that you visit for the purposes of your work.
Is my employer responsible?
If you work for an employer, that employer has a duty to make sure that you are properly trained and equipped, that you understand the risks of the job (including any temporary ones) and that your boat and equipment are maintained in good working order. If any of these duties have not been met, you may be able to claim against your employer.
I’m self-employed. Can I claim?
If you are self-employed, your first port of call should be your own insurer. If you are injured because of a colleague’s negligent actions, you may have to make a claim against your colleague to obtain compensation, but this will also usually be covered by insurance. If you have subcontracted maintenance or bought faulty equipment, the subcontractor, retailer or manufacturer may be the best target for a claim.
Is there a time limit on claims for fisherman injuries?
Accident claims normally need to be made within three years. The sooner you make your claim, the easier it is to gather evidence and achieve a successful outcome.
Do I need a doctor’s note?
In order to have a legally valid claim, you will need to have been treated for your injuries by a qualified medical professional. This might not always be a doctor. If your teeth have been knocked out, for instance, it would make more sense to see a dentist.
What if I was fishing in international waters?
Any case that you choose to bring will normally proceed under the law of your port of origin. If you were fishing outside British waters, your legal representative may advise using another kind of law if it could improve your chances of success, but this is unlikely.
Do I need a specialist solicitor?
You can make a claim with a general solicitor if you want to – you could even choose to represent yourself – but this is highly inadvisable. Because fisherman injury cases can be complex, you should really have an expert on your side.
How do I find a solicitor?
Accident Advice Helpline can put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who is willing to take on your case on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you can get the help you need, regardless of your financial situation.
Date Published: December 5, 2013
Author: David Brown