Longshoreman Injuries: Know Your Rights!
Have you been injured in a work-related accident? Longshoremen are responsible for loading and unloading cargo from ships and other vessels. The nature of this work is full of potential mishaps. If your employer was reckless or negligent in upholding safety standards or regarding your welfare, you could be entitled to compensation.
You should not be responsible for the medical bills that resulted from your injuries and you could also be reimbursed for any loss of wages incurred by not being able to work. In the most extreme cases, your injuries could make it impossible for you to return to work, and in that event, you’ll need a powerful legal team to fight the employer responsible and establish your future financial security.
The Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (LHWCA)
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, commonly known as the "Longshore Act," was created in 1927 to help protect the rights of maritime and dock workers. In addition to those responsible for loading and unloading on docks, the LHWCA also covers workers building or repairing vessels.
According to the United States Department of Labor, the Longshore Act ensures employment-injury and occupational-disease protection for workers. This compensation is to be paid by the employer, an authorized insurance carrier, or the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation fund.
Protecting the Rights of Longshoreman Nationwide
If you have been injured in a maritime accident or harbor accident, please do not hesitate to contact Arnold & Itkin LLP for more information. Our maritime attorneys are here to answer any of your questions and will relentlessly fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We have secured our clients hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation and could do the same for you.
Contact an offshore injury attorney from our firm to see how we could help you.