Long-Shore Worker Compensation

LHWCA – Long shore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a federal legal regulation that supplies the worker’s compensation for shipyard workers, long shore workers as well as additional covered employees in every state across the nation.

Aside from the shipyard and the long shore workers, the law also covers additional employees, who are working in maritime trading. Furthermore, the act has several extensions such as the Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentality Act as well as the Defense Base Act that cover the non-maritime employees as well.

No-fault coverage under the Act

This implies that you will not have to file a legal claim against your employer or prove that he was negligent. Regardless of whether the accident was produced because of yourself or your employer, in case you were injured on the work placement, you have the right to receive proper financial compensation.

Risky conditions

Harbors and ports are busy places with the potential for chaos everywhere. Container terminals sprawl for hundreds of acres and heavy equipment congestion prevails. Ports and harbors are large and chaotic places that represent a certain danger for everyone who works there such as:

  • Crane operators
  • Handlers
  • Heavy equipment operators
  • Mechanics
  • Foremen
  • Clerks

People, who work long shore, are also at risk of suffering from:

  • Drowning
  • Cancer
  • Paralysis
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Amputation
  • Burns
  • Repetitive trauma
  • Injuries leading to hearing loss
  • Brain injuries
  • Blindness
  • Asphyxiation

Filing a long shore lawsuit

Long shore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act permits the long shore employees and port workers to file legal claims against the negligent vessel owners, outside truckers as well as Marine Terminal operators. According to the Long shore Act, if the vessel owner fails to provide his boat in a safe condition out of negligence, he can be sued by his employees. Marine Terminal operators and owners also can be held responsible for various injuries that are caused by poorly maintained equipment.

If you were injured during the long-shore work, contact Gomez Law Firm today.