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Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Act (LHWCA)

The LHWCA provides medical & wage benefits to injured longshoremen, harbor workers, shipbuilders, and others hurt working at the dock or harbor.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act fills the gap between the Jones Act, which protects injured seamen, and workers’ compensation insurance, which does not cover people with jobs on navigable water. You may be entitled to compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act.

What is the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act protects those employees injured while loading or unloading ships, as well as those involved in the construction or repair of seagoing vessels. It affords disability benefits to qualified injured workers and death benefits to the dependents of deceased persons.

Longshore and harbors act applies to accidents at docks

Common Longshoremen and Harbor Worker Accidents

Longshoremen and harbor workers’ injuries and fatalities are commonly caused by accidents including:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Drowning / near-drowning accidents
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Machinery or vehicle accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Electrocutions
  • Equipment related accidents
  • Crane and forklift injuries
  • Material-handling injuries accidents

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Eligibility

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensatory medical and wage benefits to employees disabled from injuries or occupational illnesses that occur on the navigable waters of the U.S., or in adjoining areas used in loading, unloading, repairing, or building a vessel.

The LHWCA covers an array of maritime occupations including:

  • longshoreman,
  • harbor workers,
  • ship repairers, and
  • shipbuilders.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act excludes some individuals if they are covered by a state workers’ compensation law.

Contact a Harbor Worker Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one is a longshoreman or harbor worker who has been injured on the job, contact The Young Firm. For an evaluation of your potential Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claim, contact a Louisiana harbor worker injury lawyer at The Young Firm. Serving New Orleans and communities throughout the Gulf Coast area, we can help you obtain fair compensation.

Each harbor worker injury lawyer at the New Orleans office of The Young Firm expertly litigates Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claims on behalf of Louisiana injury victims nationwide. We are intimately familiar with the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and have used our knowledge to successfully litigate many complex claims on behalf of Louisiana victims. Having handled many maritime, admiralty, and boating accident claims since our firm’s establishment over 40 years ago, we have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of an injured longshoreman and harbor workers

To discuss your potential Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claim with an experienced Louisiana harbor worker injury lawyer, contact New Orleans office of The Young Firm. Our attorneys can help you obtain fair compensation.