Longshore Workers Compensation – Rendon & Associates

If you are injured in the workplace, you have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation insurance. However, dock and maritime workers are covered explicitly by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

What is the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, LHW CA, is a federal legal tool that applies to dock and maritime workers who work in the navigable waters of the United States. That includes the docks, terminals, and surrounding areas, and guarantees them the right to receive compensation for injury, illness, or death in the workplace.

What benefits does it provide?

The LHW CA protects workers who work in this critical activity for the economy and security of our country by granting them financial compensation for time away from work, in addition to the following medical and disability benefits:

Who is covered by the LHW CA?

The LHW CA covers a group of workers in the maritime industry involved in port construction activities. That includes operation and management of tools and equipment, loading and unloading of merchandise, and others. It covers even non-maritime workers if they carry out their work in navigable water and injuries occur there or in their adjacent areas, as already mentioned.

To keep in mind

By its nature, maritime work activities are dangerous, and injuries occur frequently. At a time like this, it is vital to have the services of experienced professionals with the capacity and ability to defend your rights against private companies to take all the advantages that the LHW CA offers to workers.

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Longshore Workers’ Compensation

Longshore and harbor work is dangerous but vital to our nation’s security and shipping supply. Considering this, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) was put into place at the federal level to secure medical care, vocational rehabilitation, and other services to employees who are disabled, injured, or even killed on the job within the navigable waters of the United States.

Who is Covered by LHWCA?

The LHWCA covers maritime occupations. This includes but is not limited to longshore workers, ship-repair workers, ship-builders and breakers, and harbor construction workers. To have your injury covered, you must have been injured on the navigable waters of the United States or within immediately adjoining areas like docks and terminals.

What Does LHWCA Cover?

Covered employees who are injured on the job can expect to receive financial compensation for time away from work, medical care, rehabilitation, vocational retraining, and in the event of an employee’s death, benefits to survivors.

Why You Need an Attorney

Longshore work is dangerous, and injuries are common. Considering that a workplace injury within the navigable waters of the United States represents an intersection of federal law and private companies, claims can quickly get complicated, and bureaucracy can seem all-consuming. An experienced longshore workers’ compensation attorney can help secure the financial support an injured party needs with as little headache as possible. Rendon & Associates has been serving injured longshore workers in Texas for more than three decades.

We are experienced in this nuanced area of workplace injury, and we are the team you want by your side.

Call us today to discuss the details of your situation. We can advise you on the most effective next steps and represent you when filing a claim. Do not face this situation alone.