Harbor Worker Injury
Harbor workers have the enormous task of constructing, converting, overhauling, repairing, altering, and outfitting ships. This job requires an extensive skill set and an in-depth knowledge of machinery and large equipment. As a result, harbor workers must follow strict safety guidelines to safeguard against serious injuries and fatalities. If you are employed as a harbor worker by a U.S. company, it is vitally important that you understand your rights in case of an accident. General maritime law specifically addresses your rights as an offshore worker, and a personal injury lawyer from our firm can explain the specific ways that the law pertains to your situation.
Harbor Worker Injury Claims
If you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury while performing duties as a harbor worker, you have the right to seek compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA provides benefits for harbor workers who are injured by workplace hazards found in shipyards and boat yards located on navigable waters. This may include adjoining shore installations such as dry docks, building ways, wharves, graving docks, terminals, marine railways, and other areas commonly used for shipbuilding activities.
With the help of a knowledgeable harbor worker attorney, you can file for the disability compensation and medical care available through the LHWCA. If your family member has been killed while working in the maritime industry, you may also be able to seek benefits on the behalf of your loved one. However, if a seaman is covered under the Jones Act or by a state workers' compensation law, he or she will not be eligible under the LHWCA.
Harbor workers are also subject to occupational diseases through repeated exposure to asbestos. Thousands of workers in the commercial maritime industry have been exposed to asbestos while working at shipyards and dry docks because asbestos-containing materials were used in the construction and renovation of ships. Our firm has helped countless survivors seek compensation under LHWCA after a worker has died from asbestos-related conditions.
Maritime Injury Lawyer – Reliable Legal Support
Harbor workers who have been injured are capable of recovering medical and disability payments under the LHWCA, as well as compensation for rehabilitation services and other situational costs. However, filing a claim and receiving the full amount of compensation available is not easily accomplished. You need an experienced maritime injury lawyer who is committed to fighting for your rights regardless of the circumstances. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we can provide the high-caliber legal support that you need during this trying time.