Suzanne has represented a number of shipyard workers, primarily from Maine’s largest Shipyard employer, Bath Iron Works, in cases arising under the Longshore Act. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a Federal law administered by the United States Department of Labor. The Longshore Act covers individuals who build, disassemble, load and unload boats on or near the water.
Legal action can help injured longshoreman acquire compensation for their injuries, as well as recover both past and future medical expenses. Suzanne handles all types of longshore claims, and has extensive experience representing injured shipyard workers who suffer from hearing loss or illness due to exposure to toxic substances. She has represented current and retired shipyard workers, as well surviving spouses with the claims process for illness due to shipyard asbestos exposure.
In longshore claims, an injured worker is not required to pay an attorney for legal representation on an hourly basis. In most circumstances, the federal Longshore Act requires an employer or its insurance company to pay the injured worker’s attorney for legal representation of your interests.
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Claims are complicated and can last for a very long time, very often for several years. Suzanne and Julie have collectively worked on dozens of harbor workers’ claims and obtained substantial benefits for their clients and surviving spouses of clients. Suzanne has been recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers for her work in representing injured longshoreman by the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG). WILG is a national organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions or workers and their families who, each year, suffer the consequences of work-related injuries or occupational illnesses and who need expert legal assistance to obtain medical care and other relief under workers’ compensation programs.