Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides protection for workers who are injured while on the navigable waters of the United States or in adjoining areas and also across the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe, Asia and across the globe. The LHWCA allows harbor workers to recover costs for medical care, as well as two-thirds of their average weekly wages during periods of disability that are due to on-the-job injuries.
Texas Harbor Workers Injury Lawyers
The experienced maritime attorneys at Dodson & Hooks, APLC, can help you determine your rights under the LHWCA and advise you whether it makes sense to file a claim under the law. We know that it can be difficult to understand your rights as an injured longshoreman, linesman, boatyard worker or other harbor worker. Our firm has the knowledge and experience to answer your questions and pursue the benefits you deserve.
Experienced Louisiana Maritime Lawyers
The LHWCA covers harbor workers, including:
- Crane operators
- Longshore checkers
- Terminal workers
- Marine construction workers
- Vessel repair workers
- Others employed in shipyard or waterfront occupations
The LHWCA does not allow an injured dock worker to sue his or her employer, but does allow the employee to sue a third party, such as a ship owner or the manufacturer of faulty equipment responsible for an injury. Our lawyers can help you determine whether you have the right to pursue a third party for damages or if a LHWCA claim is in your best interests.
Contact Dodson & Hooks, APLC, for an Initial Consultation
To find out about your rights under the LHWCA and third-party claims, contact the Baton Rouge office of Dodson & Hooks, APLC. For more information, call us locally at 225-756-0222 or toll free at 800-644-0633.