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Boston Commercial Seaman Lawyer

As a Commercial Seaman, You Have Rights

The laws governing seamen's rights are unlike any body of law relating to litigation on land. Under bodies of law such as the Merchant Mariners Act (Jones Act) of 1920 and the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988, you are protected by the federal government as wards of the Court. In the event you or your family has a claim for damages because of an injury, wrongful death or unfair wage practices, you are entitled to appeal to these laws and their specific terms and conditions.

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THE KAPLAN/BOND GROUP is one of the nation's premier law firms representing clients in all areas of litigation, contract law and transactions relating to commercial seamen and merchant marine law. Our trial attorneys are experienced at every level of state and federal court, including successful appeals before the First Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the landmark 2005 case, Stewart v. Dutra Const. Co., 543 U.S. 481 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of our client and expanded the rights of injured seamen and fishermen nationwide. The Stewart decision is only one example of an important verdict or settlement that shows our ability to challenge admiralty and maritime law and, when necessary, change it.

Wherever you are in the United States, call us toll free at (617) 261-0080 or contact our office in Boston, Massachusetts by e-mail to arrange a consultation with one of our trial attorneys.

We represent commercial seamen in the following areas of admiralty and maritime law :

Our lawyers have a successful record representing our clients in cases such as:

  • Shipboard injuries
  • Operator negligence resulting in wrongful death
  • Wages and lay contracts
  • Cargo and loading claims
  • Waivers from indemnity, injury releases

We believe that rights don't begin or end with a U.S. passport. ALL injured workers, including visitors, U.S. citizens and "undocumented" workers or residents, may be eligible for accident benefits under both state and federal law.

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$2.2 million dollars: Construction worker falls while standing on blades of fork lift in order to be lifted to the next level.

$1.55 Million Dollars: Seamen’s leg crushed between barge and tug.

$1.85 Million Dollars: Construction worker sustained herniated disc when hose became detached from vacuum truck, striking him in hard hat.

$1 Million Dollars: Five year old falls to his death after falling through screen of apartment building window.

$1.1 Million Dollars: Fisherman loses eye after stabbing himself with fish pick.

$2.02 Million Dollars: Maritime construction worker caught leg in dredge auger.

$1.68 Million Dollars: Defective roadway case where car hydroplaned into path of oncoming vehicle, causing serious personal injury and death.

Stewart v. Dutra Landmark Case Our most recent landmark victory was achieved before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Stewart v. Dutra Const. Co. The ruling we achieved changed the law and expanded the rights of injured seamen nationwide.

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We’re not merely on the cutting edge of multimedia trial advocacy – we forge it. Our multimedia approach to trial advocacy goes far beyond a picture being worth a thousand words. Our presentation techniques incorporate the use of 3D animation, “60-minute” style witness interviews, and meticulous legal writing to hit hard and severely diminish the insurance companies’ ability to defend against the truth. We have been complimented by judges, adversaries, and even the insurance adjusters that run the defense leading to favorable results and courtroom victories.

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21 Merchants Row - Suite 3A
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 261-0080
Fax: (617) 261-1558