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.  

Longshore and Harbor Worker Injuries

The Injured Workers’ Legal Center has a long tradition in the representation of injured 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.

We help our 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 as well as have extensive experience representing injured shipyard workers who suffer from hearing loss or illness due to exposure to asbestos. For those workers who suffer from an occupational disease we represent both current and retired shipyard workers, as well as surviving spouses and dependent family members with the claims process for illness due to shipyard asbestos exposure. We continue to represent these individuals with probate and estate planning to provide a seamless coverage to the needs of our client families.

In longshore claims, an injured worker is not required to pay an attorney for legal representation for any contested claims. In most circumstances, the federal Longshore Act requires an employer or its insurance company to pay the injured worker’s attorney for our 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. We have obtained very substantial benefits for our clients and the surviving spouses and dependent children. 

Our attorneys have been recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers for their 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.


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