Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) Attorney
Workers employed around harbors in shipyards, on docks, or in shipping terminals are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (rather than typical workers’ compensation insurance) if they are injured on the job. Many of these maritime employees are engaged in hazardous activities around complex machinery and heavy cargo. Typically, this act provides more extensive benefits than a traditional workers’ compensation policy. Contact an experienced Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) lawyer if you have been injured while working at a maritime job and you have any legal questions. Our attorneys handle cases along the Gulf Coast and nationwide including Lafayette, Biloxi, Houston, Corpus Christi, and New Orleans.
Am I Eligible for Benefits Under the LHWCA?
After an injury, navigating insurance claims and benefits is often the last thing you want to think about, but understanding your status as a maritime worker can help you determine the type of coverage you are eligible to receive. If your daily workload is maritime in nature, meaning it involves the marine transport or water-related activity, you will likely be covered under this federal act.
There are some exclusions to the act. Mechanics, shipbuilders of small vessels, aquafarmers, and those who work directly on ships are not covered. Captains and crew members are covered by the Jones Act, and the other exclusions are covered by traditional workers’ compensation policies. Some individuals who may qualify include construction/repair workers, cargo handlers, and shipbuilders of large vessels.
If your status as a longshoreman or harbor worker is satisfied, you must additionally meet the criteria of working within one mile of navigable water or the terminal border to be covered by the act after an injurious accident. If you are unsure about whether you are covered by this act, you can ask your employer or call our team of lawyers at the Daspit Law Firm.
What Benefits Can I Receive Under the LHWCA?
As a claimant, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover the cost of associated medical expenses including traveling to and from treatment, temporary and permanent disability, and rehabilitation expenses. For workers who lose their lives during the course of maritime work, surviving family members can also receive wrongful death benefits.
Even if you are at fault for an accident, you are entitled to benefits as a maritime worker under this act. Some employers may attempt to limit the benefits you can receive, which may prevent you from collecting sufficient compensation to cover your needs after an accident. If you are concerned about filing for the benefits you are entitled to, reach out to our attorneys for more information.
Finding the Right LHWCA Attorney
There are several law firms that offer maritime law services, but some may not offer the same experience or commitment to their clients the LHWCA attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm can. All of our Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) attorneys work directly with clients and build cases based on a personal relationship. Whether you need us to meet you in your home or at the hospital, our primary goal is to make the legal process easier for you.
As your representative for LHWCA claims, we can expedite the paperwork process, negotiate with insurance representatives, and make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to after a maritime accident. Claims under the LHWCA must be addressed quickly and follow strict timelines. With the dedicated and experienced maritime law attorneys of The Daspit Law Firm on your side, you can count on compassionate, responsive legal representation that will not settle for anything less than what you deserve.
We operate on a contingency fee basis, so you never have to pay attorney fees until we successfully secure compensation on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been injured in a maritime accident, contact our experienced and successful offshore injury lawyers any time day or night to learn more about your rights as a longshoreman or harbor worker.