Huntington, West Virginia
Huntington provides a skilled workforce to the inland river industry. These workers put in long hours performing dangerous labor. For more than 20 years Steven Schletker has been working with individuals from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia after they have been injured on the job. If a river worker is injured on the job, retaining experienced legal representation is often the first step to putting their lives and career back together. Steven Schletker is an experienced attorney who focuses on representation of deckhands, Jones Act seamen, engineers, mates, and Longshoremen injured while working on the Ohio River, Kanawha River and other inland waterways.
As the result of difficult conditions, river workers have an increased risk of harm from their job. Severe injuries occur in an instant. A work injury can leave river workers with an uncertain future. If you have been in an accident you may be covered under the Jones Act, Longshore Act, or Admiralty and General Maritime law.
Tow boat workers are frequently required to work with sub-standard equipment. This can be in the form of a ratchet with a dog that slips or a barge that is a leaker. If the captain accepts a leaking barge into the tow, the deckhand has to make due. In the event of an injury, the river company will put its safety personnel, insurance adjustors and defense lawyers to work immediately to develop their defense. Steven Schletker will work with you to develop your case and even out the odds.
When an injury occurs it can be difficult to determine what steps to take and how to request compensation. Many people are confused and unsure of how to proceed. Steven Schletker is an experienced river injury attorney who can guide you through the legal process. There is no charge for the initial consultation. A retainer fee is not required. Steven Schletker receives payment only when he successfully prosecutes your case.
Located in Cabell County, Huntington rests along the Ohio River at the point where Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia meet. Named after its founder, Collis P. Huntington, the city centers on work with rail and waterways. Collis P. Huntington was known as “The Great Persuader” because of his skills in sales. After the establishment of Huntington the town began to flourish because of the railway system and location along the Ohio River.
Many people who live in Huntington work on or near the Ohio River. When work injuries occur on the docks, they are often very serious in nature. River companies frequently require injured workers to be 100% recovered after suffering a work injury, before allowing a return to work. Serious back and knee injuries often result in permanent partial impairment. Steven Schletker will work with you to get you back on the job, or reasonable compensation if you cannot return to work. Vocational retraining is available for dock workers through the United States Department of Labor.
If you or a family member have been injured on the Ohio River it is essential to protect your rights. Steven Schletker is a passionate attorney who works with each client to ensure reasonable compensation is recovered. If you have been injured protect your rights. Call Steven Schletker at (800)254-7487 for