When longshore, harbor and maritime workers are injured on the job, there is a complex system with numerous nuances and exceptions that govern their legal rights. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law that provides benefits for maritime workers who work on or near the navigable waters of the United States.
Who is covered by the LHWCA?
To be covered under the Act, the majority of work must involve the water or marine transport. This includes areas such as piers, wharves, drydocks, bridges, shipyards, shipping terminals and harbors. Among the kinds of work covered are the loading, unloading, repairing or building of a vessel.
Such occupations commonly include:
- Longshore checkers
- Shipyard workers
- Ship repairers
- Ship builders
- Ship breakers
- Harbor construction workers
However, captains and crew members of vessels are NOT covered by the Act.
What Benefits Are Available Under the Act?
Under the LHWCA, the following benefits are available:
- Lost wages for missed work
- Payment of reasonable and necessary medical expenses
- Reimbursement of travel expenses related to medical treatment
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Death benefits and funeral expenses
You Must Act Quickly
Under the law, maritime employees injured on the job have just 30 days to give their employers notice of their injuries. The law also requires that a formal claim for benefits be filed with the Department of Labor within one year from the date of the injury.
We Can Help
We have experienced and trained attorneys who know how to navigate the complexities of the LHWCA, ensuring you receive the benefits you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation. If we take your case, there is no fee unless we win your case.