Harbor Worker Accident Lawyers
Representing Harbor Workers Nationwide
Harbor workers are involved in construction, conversion, overhaul, repair, and alterations while handling machinery and large equipment. Since this work requires special equipment and working methods, it can be challenging and dangerous—even with the safety regulations required in that work environment. Workers risk serious injuries in their daily job activities. If you're hurt, you should contact a Louisiana harbor worker accident attorney as quickly as possible to start preparing your case.
Harbor workers include (but are not limited to):
- Ship Repairers
Harbor workers have the right to receive compensation if injured during their employment with a US company. If you suffered a severe injury while performing duties as a harbor worker, it is your right to seek compensation from your employer to protect your health, family, and livelihood. The harbor worker accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP can help you.
If a loved one died while engaged in shipyard operations, you may also be able to seek a claim. Contact our harbor worker accident attorneys today: (888) 493-1629.
Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
Any worker has the right to refuse to engage in unsafe working practices if their employer is violating the safety standards, regulations, and requirements established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides job-injury and occupational-disease protection to employees who are injured while working on the navigable waters of the United States. Harbor workers have extended benefits for workplace injuries caused in shipyards and boat yards located on navigable waters.
This also includes adjoining shore installations, including:
- Building Ways
- Dry Docks
- Graving Docks
- Marine Railways
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act also assists workers who have disabilities or need ongoing medical care. If harbor workers experience a wrongful death, the LHWCA may also provide benefits to their survivors. The LHWCA does not require that a worker’s employers to be found at fault for the worker’s injury; however, when dealing with occupational disease benefits, shipyards may claim that the occupational injury was due to work at a previous shipyard. Regardless of the case, under the “last maritime employer rule” within the LHWCA, the last employer is responsible for covering the compensation.
The LHWCA provides injured employees with benefits that include:
- Death Benefits: The LHWCA provides death benefits to spouses and surviving children of workers who were killed on the job. The amount depends on the deceased worker’s weekly wages. Death benefits can also include up to $3,000 for funeral expenses.
- Lost Wages: Workers can receive compensation for a portion of their wages lost due to recovery. When injuries are severe enough that workers are unable to return to work, they can claim future wages under the LHWCA as well.
- Medical Expenses: workers are entitled to compensation for required medical treatment resulting from a harbor accident injury. This may include the cost of surgery, rehabilitation, prescription medicines, etc. In some cases, workers may be compensated for other expenses related to medical treatments, such as travel costs and other treatment facilities.
Harbor Worker Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured while performing duties as a harbor worker, it is your right to seek compensation. Due to the complexities and challenges presented with maritime law, you should not delay initiating a claim for benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. An injured harbor employee must notify their employer of the injury within 30 days of its occurrence. A formal claim can be filed within one year—if you don’t follow these steps, you could risk losing your benefits.
Arnold & Itkin is one of the leading harbor worker injury firms in the nation. Our work in maritime law and offshore injury has allowed us to help thousands of workers afford medical care, provide for their families, and rebuild their lives. Our Louisiana harbor worker accident attorneys have secured billions of dollars for our clients in some of the largest cases in the nation. When harbor workers are facing the toughest situation of their lives, they call Arnold & Itkin. Call us if you want to review your case and figure out the next step.
Contact our harbor worker accident lawyers today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629. We are here to help you every step of the way.