Our maritime attorneys are experienced in the litigation of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) claims before the United States Department of Labor as well as Defense Base Act claims, which falls under the Longshore Act. We are known by our clients, insurance adjusters and opposing attorneys for tenaciously fighting for our Longshoremen clients’ rights.
The Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federally administered program providing wage compensation and medical benefits to individuals who sustained injury or contracted an occupational disease while employed on a navigable waterway or the adjoining areas, such as adjoining piers, dry docks, and terminals, which are primarily involved in the loading, unloading, repairing or building of a vessel.
In the event of death of a Longshoreman, the Longshore Act provides for compensation benefits to be paid to the maritime employee’s dependents. Covered employees under the Longshore Act, include any person engaged in maritime employment, including any Longshoreman or other person engaged in Longshore-related operations, and any harbor worker including a ship repairman, shipbuilder, and shipbreaker.
Working at a port or shipyard is dangerous. If you are or know a Longshoreman or harbor worker who has been injured in any of the following ways while working in ports or shipyards, please have them call one of our attorneys for free legal advice:
- Back Injuries, such as herniated disks or fractured vertebrae
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Chemical Injuries
- Vision Loss
- Brain Injuries
- Wrongful or Accidental Death
Worker's compensation benefits provided by the Longshore Act include medical benefits, compensation, vocational rehabilitation services, medical and disability payments, death benefits. Our Longshore lawyers represent Longshoremen injured at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, at Port of Miami, Port of Tampa Bay and Jacksonville Port Authority in Jacksonville, Florida. We also represent Longshoremen nationwide, from Alabama and Georgia to New York to California.
For more information about our Longshore practice and on the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, call 772-283-8712 day or night. Our attorneys are also experienced in representing injured contractors in Defense Base Act claims, which fall under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.
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