Unearned Wages

Unearned Wages

Seamen are not eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, while seamen are not eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits, they are entitled to limited wage loss compensation in addition to other benefits under general maritime law and the Jones Act. To ensure you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve, it is extremely important to work with an experienced maritime lawyer if you have been injured at sea.

Experienced Washington Maritime Lawyers

At Seattle Maritime Attorneys, we work hard to protect the rights of injured seamen and make sure they get the help that they deserve. With more than 50 years of combined maritime law experience, our lawyers understand the ins and outs of the system and what it takes to resolve maritime cases in favor of our clients.

We are advocates for seamen and have the experience necessary to resolve your maritime claim. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Seattle unearned wages lawyers, call our Seattle office at 206-729-5252, or our Bellevue office at 425-454-3800, or visit our contact our maritime injury law firm online.

What Are You Entitled to as Unearned Wages?

Under general maritime law, seamen are entitled to unearned wages. Unearned wages are the wages the seaman would have earned to the end of the contemplated period of employment, usually to the end of the voyage or fishing trip. In some cases it may be possible to get unearned wages for a period longer than set forth in the contract of employment.

Unearned wages include all compensation you would have received for the duration of the contemplated period of employment had you not been injured. This includes performance bonuses, contract completion bonuses, overtime, tips and other forms of earnings you would have normally received before injury.

In addition to helping you receive unearned wages, our attorneys can also help determine if you are entitled to maintenance and cure for living expenses and medical bills incurred after your injury.

Are You Getting the Benefits You Deserve?

To learn more about the benefits you are entitled to receive and how to make sure you get them, contact our maritime injury law firm today for a free initial consultation with a seaman injury lawyer.

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