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3 Important Things You Need To Understand About the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

If you work on the navigable waters of the United States or in the adjoining areas, such as docks, piers, terminals, wharves, or areas where loading and unloading of vessels takes place, you need to know about the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). What is it? Very briefly, historically, those working on the navigable waters of the United States were not entitled to compensation if they were injured. The LHWCA is a federal law. It can pay injured maritime employees who qualify under the law’s specific rules, compensation, medical care and vocational rehabilitation services. The LHWCA also provides benefits to specific survivors and dependents if the injury to the...

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Are You Eligible Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) for Compensation for Your Shipyard Injury?

You can probably recite the articles of the Constitution that give you the right to not incriminate yourself, the right to free speech, or the right to bear arms, but how about the constitutional article that dictates which law (federal or state) governs maritime (“admiralty”) cases? Give up? It’s Article III of the Constitution. Article III gives the federal court original jurisdiction over all cases of admiralty or maritime law. As far back as 1789, Congress granted to the district courts exclusive original jurisdiction in civil cases in admiralty and maritime matters. Why not give that power to the state courts? Because maritime suits often...

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