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Understanding your rights as an injured longshore worker

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Admiralty And Maritime Law

Maritime work is among the most hazardous jobs, and injuries are unfortunately common. If you are a longshore worker who’s been injured on the job, it is crucial to understand your rights and the legal avenues available for seeking compensation and support.

What is the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides employment-injury and occupational-disease protection to over 500,000 workers who are injured or contract diseases occurring on the navigable waters of the United States, or in adjoining areas used in loading, unloading, repairing, or building a vessel.

Key benefits under LHWCA

There are many important benefits under the LHWCA. Some of them are:

  • Medical Benefits: Covers all medical expenses related to the injury or illness.
  • Compensation for lost wages: Provides for a portion of the worker’s salary if they are unable to work temporarily or permanently due to their injury.
  • Rehabilitation Services: Includes vocational rehabilitation services to help injured workers return to work.

Steps to take after an injury

After an accident, it is important to notify your employer as soon as possible. The law allows a 30-day period, but earlier is better. Additionally, you must prioritize your health and ensure documentation of all injuries and treatments. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the process of filing a claim and ensure your rights are protected.

If you are a longshore worker who got hurt on the job, understanding your rights is the first step in ensuring that you receive the full benefits and compensation available under the law.


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