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Longshoreman Harbor Law

Boston Stevedore Lawyer

Massachusetts Longshore and Harbor Workers Trial Injury Attorney

Anybody who has worked as a longshoreman, dock worker or stevedore knows how dangerous it is to work around cargo cranes and multi-ton containers all day. There's no question, harbor workers have a tough and often dangerous job. When they are injured, they deserve top-quality legal representation to get them the full recovery they deserve.

At THE KAPLAN/BOND GROUP, our admiralty and maritime trial law group is committed to protecting the rights of longshoremen and dock workers throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and other New England coastal communities. Our law firm is recognized as one of the premier admiralty and maritime law firms in the United States. We have a proven record of verdicts and settlements in litigation cases at every level of state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

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Our trial attorneys know how important your case is for you and your family. We are responsive, compassionate and offer personalized client services. Every client receives close personal attention throughout the case, as we work aggressively to help you get the best possible results.

We represent injured working men and women. Period. We do not represent insurance companies or large corporations. So, when it comes to the rights of longshoremen, stevedores and dock workers, our clients can trust that we are truly dedicated.

Your Rights Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), longshoremen and their families have a means of filing for full and fair compensation for injuries or wrongful death that may occur during the course of their job. The Act is similar to workers' compensation insurance. It forces employers to pay medical expenses, lost earnings and other financial damages to injured longshoremen or their families.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act generally applies to people engaged in maritime activities, not on vessels. Contact us today to learn more.

Most cases under the Act help workers injured or killed by:

  • Shipping containers
  • Falls
  • Falling cargo
  • Dangerous loading equipment, cranes, hooks and nets
  • Negligent or unsupervised co-workers

We are a national law firm representing clients in all legal matters relating to admiralty and maritime law, including:

  • Jones Act
  • Boat and ship passenger law
  • Commercial fisherman law
  • Commercial seamen and merchant mariners law
  • Recreational boating accidents

Are You An Undocumented Worker?

The Act protects all people - even if you are not working legally in the United States. At THE KAPLAN/BOND GROUP, our trial lawyers represent ALL injured workers, including visitors, U.S. citizens and undocumented workers. Whether you are a citizen or a foreign worker on a commercial boat, talk to us about your options as a longshoreman under maritime law.

You May Still Have Rights Under the Jones Act

Even if you were employed as a longshoreman or stevedore, depending upon your circumstances you may still qualify as a Jones Act seaman. The Jones Act covers people, including certain longshoremen and/or stevedores, who are employed to work aboard a vessel. At THE KAPLAN/BOND GROUP, we help our clients understand how the Jones Act may apply to them, providing comprehensive coverage for crewmen who were injured or killed as a result of their employer's negligence.

Contact us to learn more about our firm and how we can help you and your family protect your rights under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act or the Jones Act.

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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