Longshore And Harbor Workers Compensation Act

When a maritime industry worker is hurt on the job, the situation is likely covered by a federal law called the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). This law has both similarities and differences with respect to regular workers' compensation law, and dealing with these claims requires an attorney who is highly familiar with the variations.

At the law firm of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, we know how to manage LHWCA claims and recover compensation for injured maritime workers. Our experienced Louisiana attorneys are thoroughly familiar with this complex law. You can be confident that your case will be handled professionally and prepared in a detail-oriented way. We are ready to pursue justice for you.

When Does The LHWCA Apply?

Certain workers who are connected to the maritime industry are covered by the LHWCA. Some examples include:

  • Crane operators
  • Longshoremen
  • Dock workers
  • Linesmen
  • Shipbuilders
  • Marine construction workers
  • Oil rig employees on offshore drilling platforms

What Benefits Are Available For You?

In most cases, benefits are available without regard to the employer's fault. The benefits include payment of:

Like regular workers' compensation law, the LHWCA prohibits an injured worker from suing his or her employer in a personal injury action. However, if a third party, such as a shipowner or a manufacturer of defective equipment contributed to the injury, the worker is allowed to file suit against that party.

As experienced Louisiana personal injury attorneys, we can determine whether you have a viable claim against a third party, and if so, how you should proceed. We are ready to investigate your situation and build a strategic plan to help you get the compensation you need.

Contact Our Firm Regarding Your Workplace Injury Case

To discuss your employment injury with an experienced Lake Charles, Louisiana lawyer, please call 337-513-4436 or contact our law firm online. The initial consultation is free of charge. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay attorney's fees only if we are successful in getting compensation for you.