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Injured Maritime Workers Have the Right to Compensation
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides compensation for injured longshoremen and others who work in port facilities. In addition to protecting longshoremen, LHWCA coverage may extend to construction workers who are building or repairing facilities on or near water, such as bridges or ports.
If you have been injured, you should speak with an attorney who is experienced in LHWCA cases because claims involve complex issues concerning eligibility and medical care. Without a knowledgeable attorney advocating for your best interests, you may not get the medical care and compensation you deserve.
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Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Law — What You Need to Know
The LHWCA benefits replace workers’ compensation laws when injuries take place offshore; the benefits are significantly better due to the increased risk and potential injuries. Our firm has a comprehensive understanding of LHWCA law. We will use our knowledge to advocate for your rights and obtain the most comprehensive settlement possible.
For your reference, there is basic information about the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act below.
Your Coverage Under LHWCA
The LHWCA protects maritime workers who work in various non-seaman occupations. Most of these workers are employed in ports, harbors, and shipyards on or near navigable waters under U.S. jurisdiction. The LHWCA also covers certain employees who work on oil rigs and other offshore structures. Per the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Program, the LHWCA covers:
- Longshore workers
- Harbor construction workers
- Waterfront crane operators
- Ship repairers
To qualify for LHWCA benefits, the on-the-job injury must happen on navigable waters, or in facilities located either on or near them. These facilities can include piers, docks, terminals, wharfs, or any area where ships are loaded or unloaded. Other workers may also be covered by LHWCA if injured while working on navigable waters.
The LHWCA provides coverage for:
- Medical costs
- Physical therapy
- Vocational rehabilitation services
- Disability benefits
Eligible employees are entitled to these benefits, even if they were at fault for the accident.
Contact a Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Attorney Today
Your employer’s insurance company has one goal in mind: to limit your benefits as much as possible. Scott McLemore’s goal is the best possible outcome for you. You may be eligible for additional compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering through a third-party LHWCA claim. The McLemore Law Firm will seek maximum possible compensation for you from all possible sources.
Call today for a free consultation with Scott McLemore, our Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act attorney. He will review your case and answer your questions. Learn how the McLemore Law Firm can help you. Call today at 713-888-0080 or contact us online.