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Joseph S. Stacey

Joseph S. Stacey

Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC
  • Maritime Law, Personal Injury, Insurance Claims
  • Alaska, Oregon, Washington
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Joe is a founding member of Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC. His practice concentrates on the representation of injured maritime workers, fishermen, blue water seamen, tug and barge seamen, tankermen, longshoremen, repairmen, maritime construction workers and pilebucks.

Joe was born and raised on the Maine coast. He attended the University of Maine in Orono, then traveled west to attend law school at Seattle University.

Joe has been married to Elizabeth since 1986. They have four children, three boys (in a row) and a girl. Joe has always been involved in his kids’ education, sports, and other activities. Joe has coached Little League baseball, basketball, and soccer. He has also enjoyed coaching speech and mock trial at several local schools. Joe enjoys spending time with his family - from family vacations to family dinners.

In My Own Words

"I feel honored to represent hard-working men and women and their families. I also come from “working” family roots. All too often, I see a client who has a serious injury, one that takes that worker out of the labor force. Injured workers need good representation so that they have access to what the law allows: damages for lost income, pain and suffering, retraining costs, and all other damages. I feel that a good result is when financial security is established for the injured client and his family. That goal and my great clients gets me out of bed every morning."

Practice Areas
  • Maritime Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Claims
Additional Practice Area
  • Admiralty
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English
Professional Experience
Seattle University School of Law
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University of Maine - Orono
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Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar # 030406
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Washington State Bar
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Alaska State Bar
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Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. How long do I have to file a claim if I get injured while working on a fishing boat?
A: If you are a seaman (sailed with and worked on the fishing vessel), you would have 3 years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit.
Q. I tried to file my maritime injury suit 14 months after i was injured but the other party claims I'm beyond the statute
A: Are you a "passenger" on a cruise ship? Most often, a passenger's personal injury case is governed by a one year statute of limitation. A "seaman" has a three year statute of limitation.
Q. If I am injured at sea, what type of medical benefits am I entitled to?
A: If you are a seaman and you are injured or become ill “while in the service of the vessel,” you are entitled to receive paid medical care, maintenance (a daily rate which is supposed to cover room and board), unearned wages (wages through your contract period of employment), and repatriation costs to the point of hire. There are only a few exceptions to payment of these entitlements. Also, a union contract can dictate a maintenance rate. Maintenance and medical expenses must be paid until the point that a seaman reaches “maximum medical improvement,” basically when a seaman no longer is under medical care. Medical care should include all the “traditional” medical care that is reasonably needed. A seaman is entitled to choose his/her own doctors. Medical care includes physical therapy, diagnostic studies, medication. This is a general answer to your question.
Q. Do offshore workers get workers comp?
A: Thank you for your question. The answer depends upon what “category” of worker you are talking about. A “seaman” would not be eligible or qualify for worker’s comp. A seaman’s remedy after being injured on the job falls under the "Jones Act” and General Maritime Law remedies, including maintenance and cure. On the other hand, a “harbor worker” qualifies for federal worker’s comp (L&H). If you are asking about a worker on an oil rig, then most likely that worker would be considered a seaman.
Q. What can you do to get compensation if you get hurt working on a cruise ship?
A: Need more information. Were you a crew member? What company? Where(location) vessel when injured. Your nationality. The answer to these questions may determine what law applies.
Q. Is there a special workers comp law if you're injured while working at sea?
A: The answer depends upon what category of worker you fall into. If you are a seaman or fisherman, you would be covered by the "Jones Act" and general maritime law. If you are a longshoreman or harborworker, you would be covered by Longshore and Harborworkers Compensation Act (a worker's comp law).
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Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC
4039 21st Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98199
Toll-Free: (877) 332-5529
Telephone: (206) 282-3100
Fax: (206) 282-1149