If you or a family member are injured on the river, Steven Schletker will work to get the compensation you deserve. Finding an attorney who understands the nuances of maritime law is essential in obtaining compensation for your injuries. Steven Schletker is licensed in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Depending on the nature of your job duties, injured Ironton river workers may be covered by Ohio Workers’ Compensation, the Longshore Act or the Jones Act/General Maritime Law. Steven Schletker will perform an initial evaluation of your claim free of charge. An attorney fee will be charged only if he is retained and the case is successfully prosecuted.
An injured Longshore dock worker or Jones Act crewmember needs someone who understands the industry and is on the worker’s side. For more than twenty years Steven Schletker has represented Ohio River workers in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Steven Schletker does not accept cases from river companies or insurance companies. He limits his practice to the representation of working men and women. Steven Schletker understands that once a valued employee in the river industry is injured on the job, he/she can be overwhelmed by nurse case managers or insurance adjustors trying to direct medical treatment. The insurance company goes to work immediately after the accident to minimize its losses. At the same time the river company is reassuring its injured workers that there is no need for a lawyer, their own safety personnel, insurance adjustors and defense lawyers are preparing their case. Help even the odds by calling Steven Schletker for a free initial consultation. It helps to have an experienced lawyer working on your side to fight for what is fair and reasonable.
Founded in 1849 by John Campbell, Ironton, Ohio was once the largest producer of pig iron in the world. Iron produced in Ironton and the surrounding areas was used for warships sold to England, France and Russia as well as the USS Monitor which was the first ironclad ship made in the United States. The booming iron market brought new industry to the Ironton area including soap and nail productions. Ironton became a major terminal on the Iron Railroad and a shipping port on the Ohio River. This great city became the county seat of Lawrence County, Ohio in 1851.
Even though the market for iron changed as the nation made the transition from iron to steel, life in Ironton continued to revolve around the Ohio River. This holds true today as Ironton is an important part of the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area, also referred to as the Tri-State region. As a part of the River Cities, the three largest cities in the Tri-State region (along with Huntington, West Virginia and Ashland, Kentucky), Ironton’s population is approximately 11,129. Many Ironton residents find work as Longshoremen, deck hands, tow boat captains, crew members and dock workers for river companies located in the area including: Keystone Industries, Action Terminals, Inc., McGinnis, Inc., and Allied Signal, Inc. A career on or near the river is difficult and dangerous. Whether working as a Longshoreman loading, unloading or cleaning a barge, as a deckhand building tow or as an engineer working on power packs, you are exposed to great hazards. Injuries occur.
Protect yourself by calling Steven Schletker for a free initial consultation. Call (859) 491-3999 or call toll free at (800) 254-7487.