In today's paper is a story about 5 clammers working for Pacific Seafoods who died in a tragic accident.
In most Alaska work accidents, the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act prevents the accident victim from suing their employer. Inability to sue the employer is the tradeoff for workers' compensation benefit.
However, in this case, the accident occurred on the water and maritime law applies. The families of the clammers that died have the right to bring suit for their losses against the clammers' employer.
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