The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act covers claims for maritime workers employed on navigable waters, including dock workers and maritime workers who are not seamen. (Seamen are covered by a similar statute called the Jones Act.)
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act was designed to help those injured workers not covered by state workers’ compensation laws. The maritime work covered by this law includes loading, unloading, repairing, and building vessels. It also includes employees working on piers, wharves, dry docks, terminals, and the areas surrounding these locations.
As in most workers’ compensation laws, it is a no-fault system. Coverage under the Act does not depend on evidence of fault by the employer.
Also, like most workers’ compensation systems, an injured worker covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is entitled to medical treatment and expenses, rehabilitation expenses, and temporary total disability compensation. Disability compensation is calculated as two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage prior to the injury and is paid out while the worker is undergoing medical treatment. If an employee dies as a result of a covered injury, benefits are provided for certain survivors of the deceased employee.
There are important deadlines under the Act for providing notice of the injury and for filing the claim, and it is important that the injured worker obtain an experienced attorney.
Contact Ashcraft & Gerel for Help With Your Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Comp Act Compensation Claim
The attorneys at Ashcraft & Gerel have been representing injured workers with claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act for many years, and our attorneys are thoroughly familiar with the procedures and benefits it provides. If you’d like to speak to a lawyer about a potential claim, please contact us today.