Simms Showers’ work includes a range of successful representations of individuals and companies in connection with personal injury, property, and cargo damage.
We lead the successful defense of stevedores, intermodal carriers, packing companies, and others involved in the intermodal movement of goods and cargo, against claims of cargo loss or damage. We are familiar with the complex workings of modern intermodal transportation and the laws affecting bills of lading, package limitation, tariffs, and insurance and surveying, all of which frequently come to bear in claims of cargo shortage or loss.
Our personal injury practice is unique in that it represents both plaintiffs and defendants, giving the Firm significant experience on both sides of litigation. When representing a plaintiff, Simms Showers can better understand the defendant’s side (and vice versa), whereas other firms that focus exclusively on representing either plaintiffs or defendants have more limited experience.
We represent individual plaintiffs in significant maritime personal injury matters, including Jones Act seamen. The Firm achieved the first opinion from any United States court (the Maryland Court of Special Appeals) declaring a seaman’s remedy when an employer unjustifiably withholds maintenance and cure payments.
The Firm has successfully defended its maritime clients against a number of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act cases, Jones Act cases, and other significant personal injury claims. Simms Showers’ notable defenses include:
- A Baltimore harbor water taxi which capsized, causing multiple deaths and serious injuries;
- A tug company involved in one of the most serious maritime collisions on the East Coast;
- A pleasure craft owner involved in the decapitation death of Francis Ford Coppola’s son on the South River near Annapolis.