Longshore Workers

Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act, LWHCA Enacted by congress, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, or LHWCA, provides workers compensation to specified employees of private maritime employers. Congress enacted the LHWCA because, unlike injuries on land, most injuries at sea or on the water are not covered by state workers compensation laws, unless the injury occurs within the territorial waters of a state. The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act is administered by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.

Who is Covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act?

Any worker who is injured on a pier, dry dock, wharf or shipping terminal may be compensated under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Workers injured near these facilities may also be compensated if their normal occupation involves loading, unloading, building or repairing ships. In fact, any worker who is injured on a pier, dry dock, wharf, shipping terminal, or workers simply injured near one of these may also be compensated under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Occupations covered by the LHWCA include:

  • Harbor-workers
  • Ship repairmen
  • Shipbuilders
  • Ship-breaker
  • Dock worker
  • Stevedore

Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act Provides Additional Benefits

The LHWCA as well as the Jones Act and general maritime law often provide more benefits than similar state workers' compensation laws. Admiralty and maritime cases can be extremely complicated. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, contact one or our maritime lawyers to be certain your rights are protected.

Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act Statute of Limitations

The effective "statute of limitations" for filing a LHWCA claim is one year. This deadline is very important. If you file for compensation too late, you could lose the ability to recover damages. Contact our lawyers as soon as possible to protect your rights.

Are You Entitled to Compensation in a Maritime Injury Case?

You're entitled to recover under Maritime law if an "unseaworthy condition" on the vessel was the cause of your injury. The vessel, its equipment and crew should be reasonably fit for their intended use. If they don't meet this criteria, then they are considered unseaworthy. Conditions Causing a Vessel to be Unseaworthy

  • Defective equipment
  • Under-trained or improperly trained crew
  • Inadequate crew
  • General unsafe conditions
  • Negligence in Maritime Injury Cases

Have you suffered an accident, injury, or harm as a longshoreman? Contact the Rasansky Law Firm online, or call our offices anytime at 1-877-659-1620 to discuss your situation with our experienced boat and ship attorneys. In the complimentary consultation, our attorneys will review your experiences and situation and provide you information regarding your legal rights, options, and responsibilities. We demand strict professional standards. Our Dallas-based attorneys are among the best maritime and admiralty lawyers and have resolved many multi-million dollar personal injury cases. We are passionate about our role as advocates and treat our clients with complete respect and compassion. We are committed to utilizing all available legal advantages and tactics to successfully resolve your personal injury claim.


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