Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act Tag

What Happens if You Have a Dispute About Your LHWCA Claim?

If you are a longshoreman, harbor worker, or someone who works “near” the water but not “on” it— like most people who work on the docks, in shipping terminals or shipyards, if you are injured while at work, you generally (there are exceptions) cannot proceed under your state’s workers’ compensation laws to recover for your injuries. Instead, you may be able to recover for your injuries under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (“the Act” or “LHWCA”). [Note: Because this is a specialized and complicated area of law, you should always consult with maritime counsel where you live.] What the LHWCA Does The LHWCA is...

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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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