We are pleased and proud to announce that our colleague and friend Attorney Katherine Gatti Rooks has been appointed to serve as an Administrative Law Judge by the Workers’ Compensation Board for the State of Maine. Judge Gatti Rooks will be presiding in formal hearings from the Workers’ Compensation Board’s Lewiston Regional Office once her transition from our offices has been completed.  The State of Maine is fortunate to have the skills and talents Kate will bring to the bench.  

INJURED LONGSHORE WORKER?

You've come to the right place.

The Injured Workers’ Legal Center is your first call after a Maine work related accident at a shipyard or harbor facility. It is our job to fight for your rights, and get you the compensation you deserve. Your situation is serious, and we understand what is on the line for you and your family.

Our team of dedicated advocates and lawyers will fight on your behalf to make things right.

REAL CLIENTS

“Thank you for your expertise, humor and genuine caring for me. We are lucky to have you.”
“I’d like to thank both of you for your sensitivity and caring in helping me.”
“Very pleased thank you. I am a shy person and felt completely comfortable through the process with my social security claim.”
“Thank you for your guidance through the process and your patience. The result was what we wanted.”
“I see you more as a friend or concerned party than a lawyer for hire. Thank you for devoting so much time and effort to the case. You are good at what you do and your services are invaluable.”
“Thank you all for your tremendous amount of help you have been to me. You all are so very professional and so very kind. Never once did I feel uncomfortable with any one of you. You are a class act!!!”
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Let us help you determine fair compensation for your injury.

Relentless and Compassionate.

Your injury and the stress of the associated financial burdens have put you and your family at risk.  Our goal is a fair financial resolution to get you back to living your life. You don’t need to go it alone.

Been There. Done That.

Our experienced team has helped thousands of Mainers navigate difficult times.  From work-related longshore injuries, asbestos claims and Social Security Disability insurance.  Once you are a member of our legal practice, we don’t make you go it alone after your case is resolved. 

We  help you win inside of a system designed to favor the other party.

We Take Your
Situation Seriously

We understand that an injury has tremendous impact on you and your family.

WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH

We'll help you navigate the processes with dignity.

WE HAVE HELPED OTHERS GET THE MONEY THEY DESERVE

It's our job to get you what is fair. We don’t get paid unless you do.

WE ARE ON YOUR TEAM

We work tirelessly to fight for your rights.

COMPASSIONATE, CONCERNED AND EXPERIENCED IN FEDERAL DISABILTY INJURY LAW.

The Longshore and Social Security systems are difficult to navigate.  The stakes are high. Being injured and out of work is stressful enough, you do not have to do this alone.  Let us put our decades of expertise to work for you. 

Longshore and Harbor Worker Injuries

We help injured longshore workers acquire compensation for their injuries, as well as recover both past and future medical expenses. We have represented workers with all types of longshore injuries.

Asbestos Related Illness

Our firm has secured millions of dollars for our clients from Asbestos manufacturers and equipment makers who required asbestos products in the installation and use of their products.

Social Security Disability Insurance

More than half of all initial stage social security disability insurance (SSDI) applications are turned down. Most people give up and never appeal the denied claim. The IWLC represents our clients to appeal these denied claims through the hearing process to secure their benefits.

Estate Planning

WILLS, POWERS OF ATTORNEY, TRUSTS, HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES

Estate Planning is the process of arranging all aspects of a person’s financial, legal and personal affairs to guide them and their families as they transition and age.

Probate Administration

We guide our clients through probate and the administration of estates so you can focus on your family and the needs of your own life. Probate is the legal process that takes place after the death of an individual.

WHEN INJURIES HAPPEN, WE GET RESULTS.

Your job is more than your livelihood.  It’s part of your identity.  Our experienced team is ready to take on your case and go to great lengths to thoroughly understand your situation so we can get you what you deserve.

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Asbestos related workers

Family members and workers exposed to asbestos.

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Stomach cancer
  • Peritoneal cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer
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Longshore Workers

  • Finger injuries due to being caught in machines / slammed
  • Arthritis/work out worker syndrome caused from repetitive injuries over time
  • Burns from welding torches; hot metal
  • Electrocution injuries
  • Neck and head injuries from construction activities
  • Hearing loss

MEET YOUR LEGAL TEAM.

Experts in workers’ injury compensation, longshore, and social security disability.

Suzanne L. Johnson

Attorney at Law
Founder and Principal

In the decades of her legal career Suzanne has blended representing injured workers to secure the benefits they are entitled to with their need for long range planning for their personal and family security.

Charlie March

Attorney at Law
Founder and Principal

Charles has been practicing longshore, workers compensation, employment disability, and injury law throughout Maine for thirty years. He now represents injured contractors from war-support employers, defense base injuries, worldwide.

Julie Colby

Longshore Paralegal and Fiduciary Dept.

Julie has over thirty years of legal experience assisting workers who have been injured on the job, specializing in filing longshore claims, helping hundreds of Maine workers to ensure they receive the disability benefits they deserve.

Kristen Start

Probate Paralegal, Fiduciary Department

Kristen works with our elderly, disabled veterans and trust clients to manage their finances, pay their bills and balance their checkbooks. She assists families after the death of a loved one by steering them through the probate process by completing the necessary court paperwork and balancing family dynamics.

Ira Sterling

Staff Attorney

Ira is a graduate of the University Maine School of Law.  During law school, he worked as a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, where he provided legal representation to low income clients in an assortment of civil and criminal matters.  He represents our clients with compassion and competency in all firm matters.

CONTACT US

The first step in getting you the financial resolution you deserve is telling us about your injury and situation.