What is the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?
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Workers on seafaring vessels or fixed structures face serious hazards if their employers fail to obey workplace regulations. When a worker is injured or killed, a dedicated maritime attorney can make all the difference. Our law firm has served victims of injury along the Louisiana coast since 1996.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is one of the ways to compensate maritime workers for injuries sustained on the job. Our maritime lawyers can determine if you qualify for workers’ compensation, LHWCA benefits or a possible third party claim if someone’s negligence contributed to your injury.
What Does the Longshore Harbor and Workers’ Compensation Act Cover?
The Jones Act covers injured seamen, but not all maritime workers are seamen; thus, workers who are not eligible for Jones Act coverage may look to the LHWCA for recovery. Your work must somehow involve the maritime industry (working on or near the water) to receive LHWCA benefits. Some of these workers include but are not limited to:
- Drivers and mechanics involved with transport of marine cargo
- Ship builders
- Forklift and crane operators
- Ship repairmen
- Oil rig workers, under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
- U.S. contractors working maritime jobs outside of the U.S., under the Defense Base Act
What Kinds of Recovery Does the LHWCA Offer?
Under the Longshore Act, injured workers can receive medical care and income benefits. During the period of disability caused by the injury, the LHWCA allows employees to receive two-thirds of their average weekly pay.
Our skilled maritime legal team can seek financial compensation for the following on your behalf:
- Medical bills
- Disability, whether temporary, permanent, partial or total
One of the benefits of the LHWCA is that the victim does not need to prove the employer was at fault to receive benefits. If your employer was grossly negligent, however, you could have grounds to seek additional benefits.
If you are a maritime worker and you suffered an injury while performing your duties, proper legal representation can help you recover. Our maritime attorneys in Lafayette offer free consultations and operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not charge attorney fees unless we recover damages for you. Call us at (337) 984-8020 to schedule a meeting with us. Our firm has over two decades representing individuals and families in Lafayette, Lake Charles, Sulphur and Calcasieu Parish to obtain the compensation they deserve for their damages.