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The Law Office of Steven C. Schletker is Here to Serve You

We have decades of experience helping injured Longshoremen/dock workers navigate through the bureaucratic maze at the United States Department of Labor. Workers such as electricians, mechanics and general laborers can fall under the jurisdiction of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act without realizing it. The Longshore Act frequently offers protections and benefits state workers’ compensation programs do not. It is of great benefit to have an experienced attorney with a deep understanding of the intricacies and potential pitfalls involved in a Longshore claim. Attorney Steven C. Schletker has the skills and dedication to help you get the compensation you deserve. He is a lawyer who cares.

The law office of Steven Schletker helps injured Jones Act crewmembers get the medical treatment they need. Employers and insurance carriers frequently do not provide work injury related medical care to the extent required by law. An injured Jones Act seaman whose wages have been reduced or eliminated can hardly be expected to pay for specialist appointments, diagnostic testing, physical therapy, surgeries, and medications. The obligation to provide reasonable and necessary medical treatment falls upon the employer/shipowner. The United States Supreme Court has held that a shipowner’s liability for medical “cure” is among the most pervasive of all and is not to be defeated by restrictive distinctions nor narrowly confined. Attorney Steven C. Schletker will work with you to get the medical care you deserve.

We have a broad based network of independent medical, vocational and maritime experts, economists, investigators and accident reconstruction teams who can be retained to assist with your case. Our experts have successfully navigated around obstacles maritime employers set in the path of injured deckhands, pilots, cooks and engineers.

The law office of Steven C. Schletker has experience helping families work through maritime wrongful death cases. We offer guidance and comfort at the worse moment in a family’s life. Getting answers regarding the death of your loved one is vital to moving forward. We can help you get those important answers. We treat our clients as if they were family members.

Our office looks out over the Ohio River and the Port of Cincinnati. We see unsafe pleasure boat and watercraft operation on a daily basis. The speed at which some boat operators travel through the harbor is daunting. Some pleasure craft operators fail to appreciate the dangers associated with boating on the river. Passengers on rivers and lakes can have a leisurely cruise transform into a catastrophic accident in a matter of seconds. Attorney Steven C. Schletker has handled pleasure boat cases in which serious injuries and deaths have occurred. Depending on the circumstances, pleasure boat injury cases may be filed in state or federal court. Steven C. Schletker has experience handling boating injury cases in both state and federal court. Experience is invaluable to a maritime lawyer.

Steven C. Schletker has extensive experience with United States Department of Labor Longshore claims adjustors who administer injury cases throughout the region. He is licensed in the United States Supreme Court, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, State of Ohio, State of West Virginia and various federal courts along the inland waterways. He has concentrated his practice in Jones Act, Admiralty/Maritime and Longshore litigation since graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1983. Steven Schletker has tried numerous Longshore cases before Administrative Law Judges and argued Longshore or maritime injury appeals before the Benefits Review Board, and United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits. He has written articles on the Longshore Act for the Kentucky Justice Association and presented at seminars on the Longshore Act at the Loyola University (New Orleans) Annual Longshore Convention and throughout the state of Kentucky.

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