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Longshore & Harbor Workers Claims

Helping Injured Longshoremen & Harbor Workers in East Texas

East Texas LHWCA Attorneys

Fighting for Injured Workers in Beaumont, Tyler, Longview & Port Arthur

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is responsible for investigating reportable marine casualties and serious marine accidents. Per their research, over 15,000 USCG reported cases were unresolved—suggesting that maritime accidents happen frequently without being investigated or prevented. Accidents occur frequently because longshoremen and harbor workers have to use heavy, complex machinery—increasing the risk of serious injury or contact with harmful chemicals. Thankfully, longshoremen and harbor workers have legal rights if they suffer injuries on the job.

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries while working as a longshoreman or a harbor worker, it is vital to contact an East Texas LHWCA attorney to review your legal options with you.

The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)

The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a federal law that grants workers’ compensation benefits to wounded employees who work in areas that involve loading, crafting, and repairing sea vessels. The LHWCA also covers workers who work on navigable waters within the US. The act ensures that specific maritime workers are properly compensated when they suffer work-related injuries.

The LHWCA covers specific offshore and maritime occupations, including:

  • Harbor construction workers
  • Longshore workers and operators
  • Shipbuilders
  • Shipbreakers
  • Ship repairmen

If you or a loved one is a qualified “seaman,” protected under the Jones Act or state worker’s compensation, the LHWCA will not apply. For an employee to be covered by the LHWCA, he or she must be employed in one of the jobs listed above. A non-traditional employee may be covered under the LHWCA if they are injured on navigable waters.

Entitlements Under the LHWCA

Injured workers are entitled to benefits under the LHWCA if the accident occurred where they work, which can include shipyard accidents but also extends to building and repairing areas. If you have suffered serious injuries on the job, you should be compensated for your losses.

Below are employee benefits under the LHWCA:

  • Medical expenses
  • Treatment for diseases caused by their work, incl. exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Compensation for rehabilitation and/or physical therapy
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Benefits distributed to the families of workers who suffered wrongful death
  • 2/3 of normal weekly pay for the duration of recovery

Who Is Covered Under LHWCA Extensions?

The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act also extends its benefits to other types of workers. Employees covered by these extensions are entitled to the same benefits, and their claims are handled in the same way as Longshore Act claims.

Here is a list of LHWCA extensions and their outlined beneficiaries as defined under LHWCA extensions:

  • Defense Base Act (DBA): This extension covers a plethora of private workers who are employed on military bases. These workers may include private employees working on US military bases or on any lands outside of America where the US military is residing. This can include contractor employees who are either executing a public contract with an American agency or selling military goods or services to US allies. Covered employees also include maritime operatives who are working under American employers.
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA): This extension of the LHWCA covers employees who work on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States in the examination and advancement of natural resources, such as offshore drilling employees.
  • Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA): This extension covers employees who work as non-appropriated fund instrumentalities of the Armed Forces—such as military base exchanges and morale, welfare, and recreational facilities.

East Texas Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been injured while working as a longshoreman or a harbor worker, you have the right to seek compensation. Filing a claim under the LHWCA demands an attorney who has extensive experience with admiralty and maritime law. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our firm ranks among the best in the nation for our work helping people recover from maritime-related disasters.

Arnold & Itkin LLP understands this law and all of the specific benefits it entitles you as an injured worker. Our East Texas LHWCA lawyers are among the leading maritime attorneys in the nation, and we have won record-setting verdicts and settlements nationwide. Our firm has secured billions of dollars for the injured and grieving, helping them reclaim their future and the future of their families.

Contact our East Texas LHWCA attorneys for a free case review by filling out our online form or calling: (888) 493-1629. Learn about your legal options and what you can do to rebuild your life.

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